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Pentraeth beach forms one of a few access points to the wide sandy Red Wharf Bay on the north-eastern side of Anglesey. The shoreline is a mixture of sandy stretches, shingle and a the odd rock. Much of the beach is backed by low sand dunes which are home to some interesting flora including the pyramidal orchid.
Red Wharf Bay is a designated nature reserve with areas of salt marsh and extensive flats which attract various waterfowl such as purple sandpipers, curlew, shelduck and dunlin.
At low tide the whole bay empties with the sea receding and the sand stretching off into the distance. The tide can come in quickly once it has turned so care should be taken not to find yourself cut off if you stray too far from the coast.
The beach at Pentraeth has good access with (free) parking practically on the beach itself. There are also toilets as well as a slipway which all make it particularly easy to get onto the sand.