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Trearddur Bay

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A small, SW-facing bay on Holy Island, with a superb sandy beach. Popular with holiday-makers in the summer.

You can sail out of the bay into the open sea where you'll catch some big swells, but it's difficult to get out on a short board in a SW.

You need to see the bay at low water, as there are a number of rocky outcrops in the bay. For those taking their first steps on salty water, it can be a good, safe and fairly well enclosed location.

small pan view of Trearddur Bay
100° pan scrollable photo of the bay taken from the N side, by the lifeboat station (130Kb)

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Directions to the right place:

Leave the A55 signposted to Valley (note: not RAF Valley) and Trearddur Bay, joining the old A5, heading towards Holyhead.

At the traffic lights in Valley, turn L onto the B4545, coming into Trearddur after about 3 miles.

As the place becomes increasingly popular - especially with divers - so parking becomes more difficult. There is a pay & display car park behind the beach, and parking is possible along Ravenspoint Road & Lon Isallt. The best place is on Lon Isallt, by the lifeboat station, but you'll need to get there very early to beat the divers.

Map here.

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How the winds work:

Anything from NW - S is ok here.

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Tidal conditions:

Fairly large tidal range - about 5.5m max. Though - as the beach has a reasonable slope, the sea never goes out more than a couple of hundred metres.

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Hazards:

Lots of rocks! Many submerged at high water.

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Facilities:

Car parking

Shops & toilets on the main street.

A couple of pubs/hotels

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B&B's / campsites

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Pubs and eateries

The Bay Hotel at the N side does good bar meals & Lee's real ales (If you're a Southerner, you'll have to ask the bar staff to remove the sparklers from the swan necks before pouring!).

The Beach Hotel at the S. end seems to have taken a dive over the last few years, but they used to have games rooms, snooker & pool tables.

Slightly out of the way is the White Eagle at Rhoscolyn, with good real ales & meals. Turn off the road between Four Mile Bridge and Trearddur Bay (signposted).

Nearest chippy is in Valley, in the same shop as the Chinese. They do well cooked, very generous portions of chips but don't expect the staff to smile!

Since the Sea Shanty closed, I don't know of any other cafes in Trearddur.

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