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                      North Wales Beaches
The coast of North Wales can be divided essentially into three separate areas, each having its own definite character and variety of beaches.
These are: the Northern Coast (comprising the counties of Flintshire, Denbighshire
and Conwy), Anglesey and the
Llyn Peninsula.
The Northern Coast
The northern coast of Wales has mostly long sandy beaches backed by a string of traditional seaside resorts. Although bathing is generally safe at most beaches, Prestatyn and Rhyl are the only beaches in North Wales providing summer life-guard cover. Colwyn Bay has a wide sandy beach ideal for sailing, kayaking and wind-surfing, and a new water-sports centre has opened offering tuition and taster sessions. Llandudno, the largest town, is known for its Victorian sea-front, pier and the limestone headland of the Great Orme, the ascent of which can be made by cable car or electric tramway. Further west are long wide sandy shores of Conwy Sands, Penmaenmawr and Llanfairfechan.
Across the Menai Strait and into Anglesey, the beaches (and roads) are much quieter than those on the mainland. The south-eastern half of the island has mostly long sandy beaches, whilst the north-western half has smaller sandy beaches and numerous small coves. Porth Dafarch on Holy Island, is one of the most picturesque, and a haven for non-powered water-sports such as scuba-diving, coasteering and kayaking. A little further south, Rhosneigr caters for sailing, wind-surfing and surfing. Aberffraw is probably the best surf beach on the island, but is not for the inexperienced. The most popular sandy beaches are Trearddur Bay on the west side and Benllech on the east, both of which offer plenty of facilities including First Aid, toilets and cafes. On Anglesey secluded beaches abound - some of the best being Traeth yr Ora, Malltraeth Bay and Porth Eilian. A little closer to the mainland, Llanddwyn Beach is perfect for a day out, offering a long sandy beach, basic facilities and plenty to explore.
The Llyn Peninsula
The Llyn Peninsula in the county of Gwynedd is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and sometimes referred to as the “Land’s End of Wales”. Along its southern shore are mostly long sandy beaches, such as Pwllheli and Abersoch. These cater well for the water-sports enthusiast and tourist alike, and offer plenty of bars and restaurants in the holiday season. Further west are the idyllic, sheltered coves of Porth Ceiriad and Porth Ysgo and between them, the 3 mile long surf beach of Hell’s Mouth. Around the tip of the Llyn we come to a coastline of rocky coves and smaller sandy beaches. Porth Oer or Whistling Sands is known for the squeaky sound of the dry sand underfoot. Further north, Porth Dinllaen is a crescent-shaped sandy bay with a pub, the Ty Coch Inn, tucked away at the back of the beach. Continuing north-east, the shore becomes narrower, rockier and is backed by the towering granite peaks of Yr Eifl mountains.
An interesting feature of the Llyn Peninsula beaches is the variety of pebbles to be found, which include jasper, schist and plenty of pure white quartz pebbles.
Detailed information and photographs of every beach and cove in Wales can be found at
Visitors Guide 2018

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