Porth Swtan (Church Bay)

Blue Flag beach Church Bay (Porth Swtan) on northwest Anglesey takes its name from nearby St Rhuddlad’s Church, visible from the beach, which is accessible at low tide. This beach combines pebbles and sand, bordered by rock pools against a backdrop of steep cliffs. The Isle of Anglesey coastal path runs along the top of the cliffs. The path that leads down from the village to the beach is fairly steep, so not suitable for wheelchairs; it can also be difficult to get pushchairs back up.

It’s largely a dog friendly beach (some restrictions), and there is a lifeguard service. The restaurant is known for its lobster, and there’s also a café on certain days. The beach also has basic toilet facilities. The nearby (pay) parking is relatively limited in size, but once on the beach, the water quality is excellent, and the beach popular with those who enjoy fishing, sailing, and swimming. Keep your eyes open to see seabirds as well as choughs.

Type of beach

Sand & pebble

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

From the beginning of May to the end of September dogs are not allowed on the near part of the beach while dogs on leads are allowed on the other part.

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  • Crazy golf/putting
  • Good fishing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing


  • Slipway

Nearest town



LL65 4EU

OS grid ref.

SH 3005 8937

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Blue Flag AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended

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Porth Swtan (Church Bay) Reviews

Peacefull beach brilliant for walking the dog

Joshua gill
Jan 23rd 2020

Amazing sun sets and and very peaceful out of season but to many people in the summer

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