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PORTH DAFARCH BEACH

A 10 minutes stroll from Anglesey Outdoors takes you to the National Trust owned Porth Dafarch. This great beach is ideal for families as it is a sheltered west facing sandy beach nestled below rugged headlands with safe paddling and swimming. This is where we head to from Anglesey Outdoors for most of our activities.


The beach is mainly soft sand on the upper shore with some shale and with plenty of rockpools to explore the amazing sea life. Porth Dafarch is one of just 6 beaches on Anglesey to have Blue Flag status for its water quality and cleanliness.

The beach has a dog ban between 1st May and 30th September. This is enforced by the Dog War-den during the daytime. There are public toilets and outside showers during the summer months only. The beach is cleaned every morning during high season and there are good waste facilities. Check the tides and current conditions before you go!

Divers call Porth Dafarch 'Bog Bay' – but this is only because there toilet facilities here. It is a popular dive beach for training as it provides a shallow shore dive with very easy entry and exit in a rela-tively confined area with lots of marine-life - pollack, wrasse, and also sand-eels lie buried in the sandy seabed. Access from the sandy bay to the open sea is via a relatively narrow channel with further out to sea the wreck of the Missouri. There is a slipway but it is only suitable for carrying small craft down. The road that goes down to the beach gets very congested so the main parking is along the road to Trearddur Bay and towards South Stack Lighthouse.

Just behind the Beach there are ancient hut circles still just visible though the road to Holyhead now covers part of the site. There are more developed hut circles from the same era at Ty Mawr on Holyhead Mountain. Looking out to sea from the beach you can still make out the old Customs Post on the NW side of the Bay. This was built in 1819, when a harbour was completed at Porth Dafarch to allow mail and passengers to be landed on Holy Island when high winds and rough seas made landing at Holyhead impossible. When the new harbour at Holyhead was completed in 1873, the harbour at Porth Dafarch became redundant.


Porth Dafarch Beach Panoramic
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Watersports

Porthdafarch is a popular launching spot for sea kayaking with Penrhyn mawr tidal race just around the corner toward South Stack. The coastline in both directions here is stunning with amazing geology, nesting sea birds and is a world reknown venue for moving water action.

Porth Dafarch is probably Anglesey’s iconic coasteering venue - to take part in this fun activity you need to be over 8 years old, be confident in the water and want to have some fun. Check here for the next session runnin.

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Walking

If you follow the 140mile Anglesey Coastal Path right around the coast of the Anglesey it cuts through Porthdafarch Beach on the final section. Either side of the beach there are spectacular views over towards Snowdonia, past Rhoscolyn Beacon and down the Llyn peninsula. As you walk north along the coastal path the path weaves in and out along the headland with just the Irish Sea ahead of you. In spring and autumn these headlands are a mass of purples and yellow from the wild heather and gorse and it is not uncommon to see porpoise and seals playing in the tidal race below. If you are staying at Anglesey Outdoors you can take a day long walk from the Centre to-wards the Breakwater Country Park, over Holyhead Mountain and walk along the coastal path dropping down to Porthdafarch Beach to finish. You can often catch some spectacular sunsets from along here



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Porth Dafarch Beach Panoramic
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Anglesey covers 720 square km which makes it the largest Welsh island and is also the fifth largest surrounding the UK. Welsh is commonly spoken on the island which reflects the islands long history. The Welsh name for Anglesey is Ynys Mon and the island is known as Mon Mam Cymru or Mother of Wales as the Romans believed the low lying island would be fertile enough to provide food for all of Wales. The oldest settlers were Druids and Anglesey has many ancient megaliths and burial chambers worth a visit. Several Roman and Iron Age sites have been excavated with dwellings and remains visible from every era.


Anglesey Outdoors is on the North West tip of Holy Island Anglesey, 2km from the main ferry port of Holyhead yet only 1 hour from Chester

The coastline around Anglesey has been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty and features many sandy Blue Award beaches, including Porth Dafarch Beach which is just 10 minutes walk from Anglesey Outdoor Centre




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