Best Beaches in North Wales

Best beaches in North Wales

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The North Wales coast is an eclectic mix of major seaside towns, quiet bays and soothing stretches of sand that are often untouched for days.

Spotless scenery sits just a short drive from major regional hubs in this, one of the most sparsely populated parts of the UK. The area has always been a magnet for staycations, with the population increasing during the peak season as city dwellers head for a much-needed break. This doesn’t mean any more hassle though, with roads winding through the imposing hills of the region without the traffic seen in other domestic holiday hotspots. You’ll never be far from the sight of spectacular Snowdonia, which at its closest sits just six miles from the shore. Feast your eyes on this special list of the best beaches in North Wales.

Abersoch Beach, Gwynedd

Abersoch Beach

Abersoch Beach is the sailing hub of North Wales and one of the region’s best beaches. Regularly hosting international events, the area attracts sailors from far and wide looking to perfect their masting skills. The sea isn’t just for the experts, with boat trips taking visitors to the rocky islands of St Tudwal and Bardsey, around 3km southeast of Abersoch off the coastal mainland.

The sea is hospitable even on a changeable today and you’ll often see swimmers relatively far out from the sand. There are no waves or currents in normal conditions. The Afon Soch River meets the sea at the beach’s northern end, which is where you’ll find a lovely spread of amenities and further access to the wonderful Welsh town. Snowdonia adds an epic edge to the horizon and is about an hour’s drive away by car.

Gronant Dunes, Prestatyn, Denbighshire (North)

Largest unspoiled sand dunes on the North Wales coast at Presthaven

Gronant Dunes is a haven for wildlife, attracting thousands of waterfowls and waders to its shore in the winter months. Bird watchers flock here during the winter months, and a walk along the sand garners a picture of beauty. The beach’s area has been named as a Site of Specific Scientific Interest, with plant life also attracting enthusiasts. The beach keeps with the animal-friendly theme by allowing access for dogs all-year round.

Situated between Barkby in the west and Talacre Point in the east, it’s a great place for a dog walk whilst you both take in the peaceful surroundings of this quiet part of North Wales. An excellent location to pitch up on the sand, the water is also calm and great for a little dip. The beach proudly has a Marine Conservation Society Recommendation to its name, rubberstamping its position as one of North Wales’ best beaches.

Morfa Bychan - Black Rock Sands, Gwynedd (North)

Harlech Beach

Morfa Bychan stands out from the crowd by handily allowing direct access to the sand for cars. Lugging your stuff up and down steep cliffs isn’t necessary here, and vehicles are barely a dot on the landscape such is the vastness of the beach. Known locally as Black Rock Sands, it’s in another Site of Special Scientific Interest. Low tide extends the beach massively, creating oceans of space.

You can walk to the village itself via a handy beach path that takes you past Porthmadog Golf Course. Morfa Bychan is sleepy but offers just what’s needed to refresh yourself for the journey home. You’re a stone’s throw from Snowdonia here, with the mountainous peak serving a constant tease to pay it a visit. Windy roads take you closer to it. Only six miles separate the coast from its begging as the crow flies.

Harlech Beach, Gwynedd (North)

Harlech Beach

Harlech Beach is a four mile stretch of sand that is the premier magnet to Ceredigion Bay. Backed by grassy dunes and lovely links golf course, you won’t be short of fresh air here with choppy Irish Sea generating a gust or two. Another beach with an offshore hideaway, Shell Island is just a short distance south in this rural area of Gwynedd.

More often than not, it will feel like you have the beach to yourself. A great one for bringing the little ones to, it’s a great chance for them to build a sandcastle or two while you sit back and appreciate the surroundings. Beyond the natural beauty, the man-made Harlech Castle stands as a throwback to the area’s strategic importance during the English Civil War. Inland in Harlech town, it used to sit on the coastline but has creeped inland with the shifting sea over hundreds of years. Peace and tranquility with a slice of history thrown in and fantastic ingredients for one of North Wales’ best beaches.

Llanddwyn Beach (Newborough), Isle of Anglesey (North)

Llanddwyn Beach

The interesting Isle of Anglesey needed representation on this list. Once the primary home of Prince William, it’s home to more unblemished beaches than almost any other offshore island in England and Wales. Llanddywn sits on its South West extremity, easily accessible to the mainland via the A55. Memorably backed by forest, the sand is generous and encompasses a cute peninsula that extends the land outwards by a significant distance. A couple of historic lighthouses marks the moment Anglesey ends.

It’s unsurprising that Lllanddwyn doubles up as a nature reserve. Even walkways show as many signs of animal life as they do of humans. If you do fancy stretching the legs some more, head down to Newborough Forest. The view of Snowdonia across the bay on the mainland is one that must be captured by your camera.