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A walk over heart attack hill (?!)

Heart attack hill isn’t really a hill – it’s a big dune. I don’t think anyone’s actually had a heart attack there either, but you do quite often find summer visitors bent double half way up it puffing and panting and wondering if they’ll make it to the top! So, it gained a nickname of heart attack hill.

The waymarker at the top of heart attack hill and the big view towards the Llyn Peninsula

The waymarker at the top of heart attack hill and the big view towards the Llyn Peninsula

The view to Snowdonia

The view to Snowdonia

The big views, abundant wild flowers and insects, hunting hawks and buzzards and, in summer, screaming swifts make it a fabulous place. There’s even a bench at the end to reward you for your efforts – although “the end” is only halfway because you’ve still to make it back to where you started.

The lonesome pine - close to the end of the path.

The lonesome pine – close to the end of the path.

The bench at the end of the path looking over the Menai Strait to the mainland, with Abermenai Point to the right

The bench at the end of the path looking over the Menai Strait to the mainland, with Abermenai Point to the right

The path over heart attack hill begins at the end of the lane that leads down past Hen Erw Wen – the left turn after St Peter’s Church. That lane is very narrow and there is no parking on it: it’s fine on foot, but don’t take your car down it. If you are travelling by car, the nearest car park is the Marram Grass one at Llyn Rhos Ddu. The start of the path is signposted at the gate (OS Grid Ref SH 42080 64440). There are waymarker posts along its length – although sometimes they’re buried quite deeply in drifting sand.

In total, it’s only about a mile and a half from the start gate to the bench at the edge of the Menai Strait tidal area, but it can seem a surprisingly long mile and a half. And whatever the weather, there will be more of it along this path: if it’s a windy day, it will be really windy; if it’s cold, it will be freezing; hot will be boiling; and wet will be super wet. But it will also be super nice and rewarding:)

OS excerpt from Bing showing where the path begins.

OS excerpt from Bing showing where the path begins.

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Go West – the furthest point of the forest

The westerly edge of Newborough Forest is the least visited, because it is the furthest from anywhere. From any of the car parks, or the village, it is about (or at least) a 2.5 mile walk. If you like nature and open views, it’s worth it.

This is where one of the trails, the one from the Malltraeth car park, emerges from the forest

This is where one of the trails, the one from the Malltraeth car park, emerges from the forest

and looking the other way, across the salt marsh and the dunes. You can get across the marsh and dunes and onto the sands of Malltraeth Bay.

and looking the other way, across the salt marsh and the dunes. You can cross the marsh and dunes to get onto the sands of Malltraeth Bay.

Looking from Malltraeth sands along Penrhos beach to Llanddwyn Island with the hills of the Llyn peninsula in the background

Looking from Malltraeth sands along Penrhos beach to Llanddwyn Island with the hills of the Llyn peninsula in the background