Cemaes Bay & Traeth BachCemaes Bay, Anglesey
Cemaes Bay and Traeth Bach, Anglesey, North Wales
Cemaes Bay is actually made up of two beaches, Traeth Mawr (Big Beach) and Traeth Bach (Small Beach). Both offer safe swimming, sand, and plenty of rock pools for the kids. Traeth Mawr, the main beach, is east of the small harbour on the southern corner, backed by a seawall and sheltered by a small promenade, with the Afon Wygyr (River Wygyr) running into the sea to the west. To the west of the harbour is Traeth Bach and, as its name suggests, is the smaller of the two. It's made up of sand and rocks.
The harbour, with its small quay and marina, is a pretty sight, and both beaches are overlooked by the sweet little seaside village of Cemaes. The village has all the facilities you possibly need for a lovely day out. Once a flourishing fishing harbour and port, today Cemaes is primarily known as a popular holiday spot.
With its stacks of lobster pots and other fishing paraphernalia on the harbour wall, this picturesque bay has something for everyone There's plenty of sand for castles, crabbing and jumping to be had off the promenade, walks with breathtaking scenery in every direction - plus watersports and boating activities galore!
Picturesque harbour, pier and promenade.
Safe for swimming.
Rocks and rockpools for the kids.
Boat and fishing trips available.
Rich in history, with facilities close by.
Amazing fishing and birdwatching opportunities.
Sand and rock.
- There is a harbour with a launching area.
- Facilities include toilets, seating, cycle parking and drinking water.
- The village of Cemaes, just behind the beach, is only a short walk from the harbour. The main street has a number of shops including a village store, farm shop, grocers, butchers, pharmacy, hair salon, craft shop/art gallery, a local heritage centre with cafe, a village hall, chippy - plus two traditional pubs. There’s also tourist Information Centre available in the cafe/heritage centre.
You have to pay to use main car park close to the harbour. There are several disabled spaces here. There’s a free car park at the northern end of the beach as well. There’s also roadside parking available - but it can get busy during peak season and on sunny days.
The larger beach, Traeth Mawr, has a long promenade with disabled access via a slipway leading down to the sand.
There are restrictions from May to the end of September when dogs are banned from Traeth Mawr. However, they’re allowed on Traeth Bach.
The surfing at Cemaes Bay can be fantastic when the conditions are right. It's not one of the better known surfing beaches - but it does take place here now and again.
Cemaes Bay, with its bustling little harbour, welcomes visitors - and also has boats to hire for fishing and sightseeing trips around the coast.
The sailing to the north, around Carmel Head and West Mouse, can hard-going because of strong currents in the area.
On the whole sheltered and safe.
Yes. Cemaes Bay is popular with anglers, both from boats and the shore. The surrounding cliffs and ledges offer lots of choices. Head to the Llanbadrig Ledges/Llanbadrig Point, just around the headland to the east. You’ll need to pass through the cemetery at St Patrick's/Padrig's Church, with the ledges you’re after just below you, slightly to your right. The headlands of Trwyn y Penrhyn, Trwyn y Parc are great too. The water off the cliffs is relatively deep, but can be a bit snaggy.
There are regular fishing/boat trips from the harbour!
The area is known for Pollack, Bass, Tope, Whiting, Mackerel, Bull Huss, Coal Fish, Cod, Conger Eels, Dogfish, Flounder, Coalie and Ling - to name but a few!
Contact MV Stingray Angling Charter for fishing trip info. They run trips from Camaes Pier.
The West Coast of Anglesey has a long and fascinating history of shipwrecks, making it a haven for divers.
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