A new section of the coastal path has opened which now connects the village of Felinheli with the Glan Faenol estate in Bangor, following upgrading work by Gwynedd Council.
Gwynedd Council worked closely with the National Trust and others to establish the new path, including creating a new right of way, improvements within and near the entrance to the Glan Faenol estate and building a new path within the Marina area.
This section of the path is a vast improvement on the former route of the coastal path which ran along the busy A487 road. The new look path offers a chance for walkers to enjoy the fresh breeze of the Menai and to have a glimpse of the history of the Faenol Estate.
Councillor Dafydd Meurig, Deupty Leader of Gwynedd Council and Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “The coastal path has been an important resource for us here in Gwynedd. The 185-mile network which stretches from Abergwyngregyn across to Aberdaron and then down towards Aberdyfi and beyond is extremely popular with local people and visitors to the area, who use it to enjoy the stunning views of our coastline here in Gwynedd.
“Following significant work by Council officers, partners and others I am very pleased that we have been able to upgrade and develop a key part of the path between Felinheli and the Glan Faenol estate. These improvements have created a path which follows the Menai between Cearnarfon and the outskirts of Bangor which also allows walkers to make the most of other paths which already exist in the Glan Faenol area.”
Councillor Angela Russell, Gwynedd Council Countryside and Environment Champion, said: “It’s great to see these improvements open to the public – it’s sure to offer lovely path for local people and visitors to the area in order to enjoy the countryside in this part of Gwynedd.
“The development is part of a wider work by Gwynedd Council to improve the coastal path, and the new route of the path is a definite improvement on the old one which ran parallel with one of the county’s main roads.”
The work was supported by a Natural Resources Wales grant, with the work being co-ordinated by Gwynedd Council Coastal Path officers.
The path that can be followed through parkland and woodland and there are great views of the Menai Strait from viewing platforms and of Plas Newydd on its opposite shore.
To find the patch near Bangor, Enter Parc Menai (Business Park) off the A487 Britannia Bridge roundabout. Turn left into Ffordd y Plas, and follow this lane round several bends. Carry on past Dr Zig’s Extrordinary Bubbles HQ, until the lane ends at a car park besides the woods. Glan Faenol, near Bangor LL57 4BP.
A vie of Plas Newydd from the the path and part of the new path between Y Felinheli and Glan Faenol
Main Photo (Top): Councillor Dafydd Meurig, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for the Environment; Councillor Angela Russell, Gwynedd Countryside and Environment Champion; Councillor Gareth Griffith who represents Y Felinheli on Gwynedd Council; and Sian Gwenllian, AM for Arfon