Porth DafarchTrearddur Bay, Anglesey
Porth Dafarch, nestled into the cliffs and backed by a sea wall, often provides a sheltered spot for families, canoeists and kayakers. With ample rock pools and rocky rambles on offer, children love it; It’s also a well-known haven for swimmers. Being only about a 100 metres wide, Porth Dafarch is smaller and more secluded than the nearby Trearddur Bay. Located in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this lovely little spot, popular with fisherman and watersports enthusiasts, is owned by the National Trust and was voted No. 10 in The Daily Post’s ‘Best Beaches in North Wales’ list!
Porth Dafarch offers some amazing snorkelling opportunities in its crystal clear waters, and the area is also famous for its scuba diving, with the 1886 wreck of the steamer, Missouri, situated around half a mile offshore! With its mixture of sand, rocks and shingle - it’s a great place for a family picnic. There are lovely walks along the coastal path in both directions, with wonderful views back across the bay.
Situated on the Western coast of Holy Island, it makes up part of a series of sheltered coves here, opening out Southwest into the Irish Sea. You’ll find it about half a mile to the West of Trearddur Bay, on Lon Isallt/the South Stack/Porth Dafarch Road. Porth Dafarch offers more than just sandcastles and sandals, and is definitely worth a visit! Close enough to Trearddur to be able to pop there for provisions, but far enough away to feel more secluded - this beautiful bay is popular with holidaymakers and locals alike.
A great beach for families and picnics!
Crystal clear waters - perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving!
A super swimming spot.
Great for rockpooling and exploring.
wonderful for watersports - including kayaking and canoeing.
Often sheltered, with lovely walks in both directions.
Sandy, rock and shingle.
Loos are close to the beach with disabled and baby changing facilities - as well as drinking water.
Refreshment Van: Yes - especially in good weather and school holidays.
During peak seasons there are kayaks etc for hire on the beach.
There’s a slipway for public launching.
There are cycle racks for bikes.
Cafe/restaurant next to beach: No - however, Trearddur Bay has a variety of eateries.
There’s a bait shop (and small cafe) attached to Trearddur Bay Stores
The Paddlers Return Bistro and Bar is only a short walk/drive away
Blackthorn Farm, towards The South Stack, sells icecreams and fish ‘n’ chips etc -, especially during peak seasons.
Parking: Free, next to the beach where there’s room for approximately 30 cars just behind the sea wall.
Pretty easy, down a gentle slope which is fine for pushchairs etc.
No dogs at any time! You are allowed to walk your dog on the concrete path at the very top of Porth Dafarch beach, but not on the steps or the sand.
At its best with a south-west swell and the wind is from the east. It isn’t the most consistent break but good fun when the conditions are right. The best waves are found during the winter.
It’s a popular beach for windsurfing.
Porth Dafarch provides some great fishing. It’s popular off the beach, as well as from either side - on the cliff ledges. According to experts, it’s best for fishing during neap tides - however, it can be a little snaggy! Coalfish are abundant during February into early March, and night tides are good for conger and huss, especially when it begins to calm after a storm.
North Wales Coasteering have two main routes, both start & finish at Porth Dafarch.
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