Church Bay, Anglesey, North Wales

Church Bay, also known as Porth Swtan, is tucked away off the beaten track, but it is well worth the detour.  

The focus of this quiet, timeless village is the sand and shingle beach approached by a steep slipway. One of our favourites for rock-pooling or sunset beach barbecues. If you tire of watching the choughs nesting on the red sandstone cliffs above the beach, running in and out of the labyrinth of sandy gullies left on show when the tide is out, or jumping in the waves, you can head out along the coastal path in either direction for cliff-top views and hidden pebble-strewn coves.

If you've forgotten your picnic, not to worry. The Wavecrest Cafe is famous for its towering scones filled with fresh cream and strawberries, or if you want to sample some of the seafood caught in the waters then book a table at The Lobster Pot. A visit to Swtan, the restored thatched cottage, gives you an insight into how families used to live in this traditional fishing and farming community.

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