As you walk through Llangefni, you may never even realise that only yards from the busy High Street is a wooded valley rich in wildlife and history.
Over recent years, the Dingle (Nant y Pandy) Nature Reserve has been enhanced with a wooden boardwalk that winds its way along the River Cefni, and which allows access to all many parts of the reserve, including three new bridges, sculptures, sculpted benches and picnic tables.
The walk along the boardwalk and cycle path is approximately 1½ miles, and will take around an hour at a leisurely pace. The boardwalk is fairly flat, making it ideal for those with wheelchairs and pushchairs.
The sculptures you’ll come across include a huge dragonfly, giant seed pods and split oak timbers revealing the poem Nant y Pandy, by local poet Rolant o Fôn.
Red Squirrels can often be seen in the woods, or scampering along the handrails of the boardwalk, whilst frogs and newts live in the wetter areas, and lizards in the drier woodland. There are many butterfly species, dragonflies and damselflies and many other small creatures.
Numerous birds can be seen throughout the year; blue tits and great tits nest in the woods and moorhen in the water; wrens and grey wagtails are common small birds seen along the boardwalk; and larger birds, ravens, buzzards and herons fly overhead. A glimpse of a kingfisher may be seen as a flash of electric blue, or a dipper may be bobbing along the river. The tawny owl can be heard, and often seen, in the woodland at night
If you prefer a longer walk, continue along the river at the top of the nature reserve, and you'll come to the Cefni Reservoir. A trail leads around the reservoir and through more woodland. The walk through the Dingle and around the Cefni reservoir and back is approximately 6 miles in total
To reach the reserve, follow the brown signs from Llangefni High Street around the one way system, turning left where indicated, and then into the car park of St Cyngar’s church at the small island behind the Asda supermarket. The entrance to the nature reserve is at the end of the car park.
More information here from Anglesey Council
300 yards from Menai Straits
10 mins from Newborough Beach & forest
Games room and play area
Cots & High Chairs
Safe storage for bikes etc.
Sorry no pets
Cerrig y Barcud Holiday Cottages
Brynsiencyn, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Isle of Anglesey, LL61 6TQ