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About Traeth Llanddwyn
On the south of the island, facing out toward views of Snowdonia and at the edge of the Newborough forest, Traeth Llanddwyn is a spectacular expanse of golden sand – three and a half miles of Blue Flag beach with mountain views. Who could ask for more?
Access to deeper water is smooth and shallow, and low tide can be quite a way out – also opening access to the tidal island Ynys Llanddwyn which is a wonderful and historic destination in its own right. Traeth Llanddwyn is also a bit of a hidden gem and, even during tourist season, can be sparsely populated.
The amenities on offer at Traeth Llanddwyn are minimal, however, so if you’re going for the day, you’ll need to take a picnic and (for those with children) make sure you have activities to keep the kids happy as you enjoy the scenery, peace and quiet.
The remote location of Traeth Llanddwyn has its pluses and minuses – the area is generally fairly quiet even during peak tourism times, but it also lacks the amenities that tourists may find at other beaches on the island.
Nevertheless, there’s plenty to do on the beach itself (if relaxing with just the sound of the waves and a view of the mountains isn’t enough) and there’s also Coedwig Niwbwrch (Newborough Forest) bordering the beach which provides some truly exceptional nature walks.
- Kayaking: – Traeth Llanddwyn benefits from a five knot tidal flow, making it popular among more experienced kayakers and those at intermediate level wanting to give themselves a workout. The beach also has its own launch site, a public car park and toilets.
- Paddleboarding: – A perfect paddle for both beginner (near the shore) and more experienced (a little further out into open water) paddleboarders, SUPers can also take a trip over to the tidal island of Ynys Llanddwyn at high tide.
- Surfing: – Although Rhosneigr is the island’s primary surfing destination, Traeth Llanddwyn can be an ideal place for beginners and introductory courses in the right conditions.
- Shore fishing: – from Bass to Whiting and plenty in between, Traeth Llanddwyn offers some excellent shore fishing, especially during the summer months. There are also some excellent rocky outcrops on Ynys Llanddwyn giving access to deeper water – but you can find yourself up against a seal which regularly hunts near the island.
Traeth Llanddwyn is located on the south side of the island, and is best reached by car as it is part of a nature reserve and some distance from the nearest villages of Niwbwrch and Pen-lon. There is a car park within a couple of hundred metres of the beach with plentiful parking and public toilets.
The beach is fairly remote and, besides the public toilets at the car park, there are no amenities in the immediate vicinity. However, the area is one of outstanding natural beauty and nearby Ynys Llanddwyn has several historic sites including the ruins of the church of St. Dwynwen, the Well patron saint of lovers.
Visitors to the island can find the beach by taking the A5 from either bridge, then following Ffordd Brynsiencyn (A4080) to Pen-lon, then Chapel Street to Niwbwrch and Church Street to the forest where you’ll see signs for Maes Parcio (car park) from which the beach is a short walk.
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