May 14th, 2019
Head out on our lovely Anglesey Red Wharf Bay Walk to discover some wonderful secret coves and explore some of the hidden gems of the beautiful Welsh coast.
The Welsh coastline is dotted with beaches, bays, inlets and creeks which vary from enormous expanses of golden sands to the tiniest rocky inlets. Whether little or large, each of these beautiful bays gives the coastline its unique character, but it’s the smaller coves of the Welsh coast that we’re exploring for our walks this month.
During the summer months, the well-known beaches of Wales are incredibly popular, and on sunny days they fill up quickly as families flock to the sands with buckets, spades and picnics in tow. Whilst the hustle and bustle of a busy beach can make for a fun-filled time, on a day when peace and tranquillity calls, there’s no better feeling than heading to a remote part of the coast and finding a virtually empty secret cove or beach.
Inlets and bays along a coastline are formed by the action of the sea constantly wearing down the rocks and land on the coast. Softer rocks are worn away quicker than the harder rocks that surround them to create a bay or cove shape. These features of the coastline are true evidence of the power of the sea – although of course, they take thousands of years to form. Coastal erosion has made our coastline varied and interesting over time.
And of course, Anglesey is packed full of charming beaches and coves but one of our favourite is Red Wharf Bay on the eastern side of the island. The name is said to come from a battle in the twelfth century with Vikings that left the sands soaked red with blood.
Although Red Wharf Bay isn’t one of the smallest bays on Anglesey, it is still packed with charm and character. The area has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty so it’s easy to spot a huge array of wildlife and birdlife here, and although it can get busy on sunny days, the beach is dotted with smaller inlets and coves, so there’s plenty of room to find a secluded spot.
Where: Pentraeth, Anglesey
Distance: Approx 5 miles
Start: Brick Street P&D car park, Pentraeth (follow A55 to J8 then take the A5025 for Pentraeth). Postcode for sat nav is LL75 8BX (approx).
Grid Ref: SH 523 785
Maps: OS Explorer OL17: Snowdon
1: Leave the car park at its northern end (past the interpretation boards and with main road to left). Walk ahead along narrow lane that soon turns into Chapel Street and over small bridge.
2: Look out for cattle grid on right near footpath sign and gate. Turn right here to go through gate (or over grid) and follow track to next cattle grid and gate. Immediately after gate walk ahead for footpath over field and through gap in hedge to another gate. Follow path through gate and onto track, turn right and then left.
3: Follow track down to Red Wharf Bay then turn right to cross narrow bridge. At tarmac road turn left towards car park. Now follow signs for Anglesey Coast Path to the right and walk with the coast on the left. Follow the path for over a mile, passing Ty’n Coed and Ty Mawr, following the path left and over a stream.
4: Just after a wooden house called Ger y Mor, follow the way-marker right and up the lane. At the tarmac road turn right and follow the Coast path sign along the farm track to Coch y Meiri.
5: Look out for a concrete gate post and turn left along the signed footpath, following the fence on the right around the back of the buildings. Follow the way-markers as the path leads right between wall and fence to reach a stile on right. Now follow the Coast Path sign left and along the lane to gate.
6: Continue ahead with fence to left through another gate then at next gate head downhill and turn left at way-marker onto track. Follow track to gate for Ty Mawr then turn left to follow footpath sign behind the house to reach another gate. Turn right at way-marker and path fork and follow path downhill to meet another track.
7: Turn left and follow track to finger post (for Tan y Mynydd and Ty’n Coed). Turn left here then right to pass in front of house to reach tarmac lane by the Glan Morfa entrance. Turn left, following the lane to junction of beach road. Turn right towards the car park then soon go back over the river bridge (Afon Nodwydd). From here, re-trace your steps along the footpaths to return to Pentraeth and the car park.
Points of Interest
1: It’s claimed that in 1859, author Charles Dickens stayed here during his trip to Anglesey as a journalist for The Times, visiting the wreck of the Royal Charter ship.
2: In English, Pentraeth translates to “Head of the Beach”.
**These directions are for guidance only. The Oakeley Arms can accept no responsibility for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use of this information. The information quoted is correct at the time of writing. Always take a map with you and be prepared for the weather for turn. Do not venture out in bad weather.