Llanddwyn Beach (Newborough)

Llanddwyn is an excellent sandy beach backed by forest and extensive dunes, at the south-western tip of Anglesey. The beach includes a narrow peninsula (Llanddwyn Island) jutting out into the Irish Sea.

Llanddwyn Beach stretches over a mile in length and is one of the largest areas of sand dunes in the British Isles. Also known as Newborough Warren, Llanddwyn Beach is in a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The area is rich in birds and wildlife, and beyond the dunes are mud flats within the National Nature Reserve.

The beach is particularly popular for kite-surfing, thanks to the exposed westerly aspect from the Atlantic. The miles of golden sand are relatively flat and slope gently into the sea.

Nearby, there are excellent footpaths through the Newborough Forest and nature reserve. The forest was planted between 1947 and 1965 as a means of protecting the village from blowing sand while helping to stabilise the dunes. With excellent views of the Snowdonia National Park, it is now well used by walkers, runners, cyclists, bird watchers and horse riders. 

There is some controversy regarding whether Llanddwyn is a nudist beach; whilst it does attract a number of naturists there has been a degree of hostility from locals. As a popular family beach it may not offer the remoteness of many other beaches around Anglesey’s coast.

This Blue Flag beach has dog restrictions from May to September.

Also known as:

Newborough

Type of beach

Sandy

Lifeguard service

No

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are not allowed on the western section of the beach (between carpark and healand) from 1st May to 30th September. Dogs are welcome on the rest of this expansive beach all year round.

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Activities

  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Kite surfing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Wind surfing

Facilities

  • Pub nearby

Nudist/naturist beach

Yes

Nearest town

Caernarfon

Postcode

LL61 6SG

OS grid ref.

SH 4048 6322

Water quality

Water quality star rating

Awards

Blue Flag AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended

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Llanddwyn Beach Reviews

Aug 25th 2021

Gorgeous beach with stunning views and lots of wonderful walks - in the forest or on the beaches. However it is a shame that so many people ignore the rules about dogs - they are everywhere on the western side !! ,many off lead - :(

Weed smokers and dogs everywhere despite restrictions

sdc
Jul 21st 2021

No dogs are meant to be on the western bit of the beach but they are everywhere. Weed smokers sat down next to us and played loud music. We went in July.
Masks strewn across the beach. Needs a physical warden. Cheek to charge when not monitored.

martin
Jul 18th 2021

I live in Newborough. On a warm sunny day during the holidays or weekends, traffic to the carpark is heavy. Recently the parking system has changed so the traffic jams aren’t as bad as they have been. You now pay for parking as you leave. Its £2 up to a maximum of £7 for the day, so the traffic jam is in the forest from 4-6pm as people leave. After 5pm a 2m high barrier is put in place to stop campervans entering. The reports of Newborough being a nudist beach are rumours, its not officially sanctioned, although there’s enough space for someone to get naked and nobody would notice at places far from Llanddwyn and the main carpark.

Car Park Full by 10am

Martin
May 29th 2021

Be careful… its like Benidorm during the summer months. The Brits fill the car park by 10am meaning that its a very, very long walk along very busy little road if you are late

Its especially popular by camper van drivers who think they are driving HGVs so take up 2 sometimes 3 spaces.

Also be careful, dog owners are meant to stay to the left of the walkway. So if you plan to take little johnny or jane onto the beach, don’t build sandcastles on that side of the beach otherwise you might end up with a funny smelling squidgy turret

Its a beautiful place and that’s its problem

Nudist beach ?

David
Sep 01st 2020

I have walked the full length of this beach and not seen any indication of a nudest area and was disappointed that I didn’t know where would have been suitable to disrobe

Jim
Aug 21st 2020

Great sandy beach with superb views over Snowdonia.
Good car park with leisure facilities at the end of the toll road, on the edge of the forest. On a sunny day, though, you need to get there by mid morning or the car park will be full and the road will be closed.

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