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About Porth Swtan Beach
Named, in Welsh, for the River Swtan – a stream which flows into the sea below the village – and in English by sailors for whom St. Rhuddlad’s Church made a visible landmark, Porth Swtan also lends its name to the bay and beach which is mixed sand and pebble with cliffs at its rear. The beach is on the north west coast of Anglesey.
Access to deeper water takes the form of a shallow incline, making swimming at the beach an activity for all levels of experience. There is limited public parking on the road at the top of the steep ramp that leads to the beach, which also has the nearest public toilets to the beach.
Porth Swtan, though a historic village, is now mostly made up of holiday lets – but, while there’s a cafe, restaurant and museum just a short walk from the beach, there is little in the way of traditional seaside amenities. However, as the area is a nice, quiet place with good access to the water for various water sports and has some breathtaking sunsets.
As one of the less busy beaches on the island, it may surprise you to find out that it’s also one of Anglesey’s six Blue Flag beaches. The water quality here is superb, so it’s popular (among those in the know) for some water sports and swimmers.
- Kayaking: – though it lacks some of the amenities of other popular kayaking areas, Porth Swtan is a little quieter and there’s a car park and a launch site. However, there are a couple of hazardous areas to the north and south, so beginners will need to stay close to shore.
- Swimming: – With a beach warden in attendance during the summer months, Porth Swtan is great for sea swimmers, though the water can get choppy a little further out, so swimmers will need to be careful and pay close attention to conditions on the day.
- Fishing: – A predominantly sandy beach fishing onto similar terrain, Porth Swtan offers anglers the chance to catch bull huss, bass, whiting and more. In addition, the rocks at either end offer access to slightly deeper water and fishing onto a mixed bottom.
Porth Swtan beach is located on the north western coast of the island, but visitors will find a pay and display car park a short walk from the ramp that leads to the beach, the car park is right in the middle of the main amenities – including public toilets, cafes, restaurants and Swtan Heritage museum.
Porth Swtan is not an overly developed village, and there are few of the typical seaside amenities in the immediate vicinity – though there are some sacrifices worth paying for the privilege of visiting such a beautiful and, generally, less busy beach. What amenities there are, however, are excellent – the Wavecrest Cafe offers great food and drink, while The Lobster Pot is an excellent seafood restaurant.
Visitors to Anglesey will find the beach by taking the North Wales Expressway then joining Ffordd Llundain (A5) until it becomes London Road (B5109), then the A5025 the rest of the way to the village where you’ll find the pay and display car park.
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