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Porth Dafarch is a nicely sheltered beach on the south coast of Anglesey, situated on the coastal road between Holyhead and Trearddur Bay. The surrounding headland makes for the perfect shelter, allowing you to feel like you’re really getting away from it all.

The sandy cove is owned by the National Trust, and is well known for its fantastic scuba diving opportunities: in 1886, the steamer Missouri crashed here while travelling from Boston. The 3000 tonne wreck is still here, and makes for quite the underwater spectacle.

The beach has been given the prestigious Blue Flag Award, a prize which is only awarded to the finest of beaches across Europe. Be aware that there is no year-round lifeguard service here, though a beach warden should be around during the summer months.

Dogs are banned in the summer, but between the 1st October and the 30th April they are allowed to run free. Water sports are popular here, including kayaking, diving, and sailing. It’s also a great destination for a spot of rock pooling or sea fishing, so bring some wellies and prepare to get a bit wet!

It’s a bike-friendly beach, with a good slipway ramp onto the sands, and has excellent disabled access. Guaranteed to please the whole family!

 

Image Source: CC-by-SA 2.0 by Robin Drayton.

Image Source: CC-by-SA 2.0 by Phil Williams.

Location

Located on the South coast of Holy Island just off the Isle of Angelsey, this National Trust owned beach is nestled into the headflands. There is parking and public toilets. 

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