Penrhos Country ParkHolyhead, Anglesey

Penrhos Coastal Park is another of Anglesey’s hidden gems. Set in an Area of Outstanding Beauty this 200-acre park provides plenty of space for everyone. There are nature trails for families to follow, a dog-friendly beach and circular walks around the headland.

Just off the A5, this coastal park is a great free attraction that can be enjoyed by all! Combining coast, woodland, meadows and a sweeping sandy beach there’s endless fun to be had here. Whether it be walking the dog, wandering the woodland paths on wildlife watch with the family, building sandcastles, taking a paddle in the Irish Sea or taking in the views with a good old-fashioned picnic - Penrhos Park is the perfect place to explore!

Description

This 200-acre park has so much to offer its visitors; what I love is that even in the height of summer, on the busiest of days, you can still find peace, quiet with plenty of space for adventure.

Discover the local wildlife that calls the nature reserve home - woodland, meadows and coastal paths mean there is a lot of diversity. I’d say keep your eyes peeled for the butterflies they are attracted by the wonderful wild flora and are spectacular (unfortunately notoriously hard to capture in a photo - I’ve tried!). A great way to keep the little ones occupied whilst walking. Popular with birdwatchers and photographers too, it’s not just the wildlife that demand film. The views of the bay from the park and towards the mouth of the River Alaw then along the west coast of the island are fantastic.

In all seasons the park can look different, my favourite is in spring when you walk the woodland and its floors are littered with bluebells it’s truly magical. In the summer months, the wildflowers in the meadow come to life and cause a buzz for butterflies and small birds.

If wildlife isn’t your thing, the National Cycle Network actually runs through the park and is a great chance to get the family out and about on two wheels. On two feet the park offers a variety of terrain, from woodland, fields, coastal path and sandy beach which is great and there is some crossover with the Anglesey Coastal Path too.

Through the park and around the headland towards Holyhead Cricket Club is a beautiful sandy bay, with views towards the port it’s a great spot to watch lots of ferry activity. It has become a family tradition at low tide on this beach to study the tide line, where all the shells collect and search for tiny cowry shells. They’re tiny! The dog also enjoys striding along this beach and paddling in peace, one of Anglesey's unrestricted beaches it’s a popular spot for dog walkers in this corner of the island.

All in all, Penrhos Coastal Park can provide families, nature lovers and dog walkers with hours of adventure, I certainly never tire of visiting here and I’m still discovering new sights each time!

Opening times

Summer
Daily: 7:30am - 9pm

Winter
Daily: 7:30am - 8pm

Contact details 

Websitehttp://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/wood/40912/penrhos-coastal-park/ 
Websitehttp://www.kehoecountryside.com/penrhos-coastal-park/
Phone number: 07779 653 014

Picnic Spot

Benches in the main carpark at the entrance to the park paths, benches throughout the park.

Parking

Free parking on site. There is the main car park near the toll house off the A5. There is another car park near Penrhos Cricket Club, too.

Accessibility 

Uneven ground/ grass trails and beaches. The main carpark and cafe are wheelchair friendly but the majority of the park is not.

Dogs

Dogs allowed, and there’s a great sweeping sandy beach which is not restricted.

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