Autumn in North Wales

October 22, 2018
Tim Coysh

Autumn in North Wales

Autumn in North Wales has plenty to offer its visitors, from relaxing weekends for food-lovers; outdoor adventures along the coastal path and forest trails for enterprising ramblers; expeditions to ancient monuments for enthusiastic amateur historians.

Anglesey never ceases to be amazing. There is history and beauty wherever you turn. The golden tones of autumn bring another dimension to the woodlands, heaths, coastal paths and forest trails.

With the arrival of autumn comes a very special time for one of our favourite animals – the seal! Seal pups are born in autumn, and they will be in various locations across the island. Puffin Island – off Anglesey – is an ideal habitat for Grey Seals, with its rocky coastline and secluded location. On other parts of Anglesey Grey Seal mothers look for secluded rocky beaches to give birth to their pups.

grey seal on a beach

Dolphins and Harbour Porpoises are also commonly seen around the North Coast of Anglesey. Be sure to keep an eye out for some of these beautiful creatures if you decide to head out on an autumnal coastal walk or why not join an Anglesey boat trip, Adventure Ribride ‘Puffin and Seals’.  From Menai Bridge past Beaumaris and the town’s brightly coloured seafront houses. Heading out to sea you will approach Puffin Island/Ynys Seiriol, the uninhabited Island is home to the famous Puffins (seasonal visitors May to July) and the biggest colony of seals in North Wales, the 1 ½ hour trip (Adults £34, Children 4-16 £24).

Prefer to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground?  Then why not revel in the beauty of the Autumnal Welsh countryside.

Menai Strait wildlife and woodland walk

Explore the walled woodland that is Glan Faenol, Pentir and perhaps catch a glimpse of a seal in the Menai Strait. This walk features varied native woodland and ancient parkland with views of Plas Newydd House and Garden and the hills of Snowdonia. The trees provide some truly special autumn colours and Plas Newydd Gardens and the historic home are good to explore after your walk.

Penrhyn Castle

This enormous 19th-century neo-Norman castle in Llandegai, Bangor, sits between Snowdonia and the Menai Strait and has a host of wonderful sights to enjoy on a walk. Stroll through the bog garden or wander around the tranquil terrace – this amazing setting becomes even more majestic when set against a red and orange wash of autumn leaves. We have always loved Penrhyn Castle, the grounds offer plenty of space for adults and children alike. The walled garden is lovely for a picnic, or to watch the tadpoles in the ponds, the wonderful colours of the trees are breathtaking and there are some fantastic views from all around the grounds.

penrhyn castle with large lawn and trees in front

With our local knowledge, we can help you make the most of a holiday in Anglesey or Snowdonia. Celebrate the change of seasons. Book a cosy and comfortable self-catering holiday cottage (many are pet-friendly) for a short break, for a romantic weekend or for a family holiday over the autumn and winter with Coastal Holidays at, email [email protected] or ring us on 01248 430190.

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