My Trearddur Ardor…
My lucky husband and I live only 20 minutes’ walk away from this pretty seaside village, in nearby Rhoscolyn – meaning we get the best of both worlds – and, just like Rhoscolyn, Trearddur Bay is a family favourite…in more ways than one! It will forever have a special place in our hearts, not only because of cherished childhood memories, but because of the fact that my wonderful mum was also born there in 1950!
My mother (local artist, Fiona Clark) as well as her twin sister, my Auntie Bun (AKA Nell), arrived a little earlier than planned…whilst their expectant mother (Granny Henson) was supposed to be enjoying some coastal rest and recuperation! The families’ lovely old holiday retreat, Ty Llwyd, still stands proud, just across the road from the Seacroft– and is available to rent! It’s a family joke that our mum can never pass it without reminding us all of the ‘great’ event…my sisters and I keep telling her she should apply to CADW for a ‘Blue Plaque’ – but I’m not so sure the present owners would be quite so impressed!
As the oldest, but smallest of the unexpected twins (my granny had no idea two were on the way until it happened!), mum spent her first nights on earth sleeping in a Trearddur Bay drawer – as there was only one cot available! As the first girls in a family of 4 boys (with another girl and boy to follow) the twins were a wonderful surprise – to say the least! Today, one of my mum’s brothers still lives in Trearddur Bay – so the family connection continues!
Ty Llwyd – where it all began!
By the way, for an actual Blue ‘heritage’ Plaque – look out for the one on ‘Towyn Lodge’, just around the corner from Ty Llwyd, on Ravenspoint Road. It celebrates the fact that Thomas Telford (known as the ‘Colossus of Roads’) lived here whilst working on the design and construction of parts of what is now known as the A5. He was given the task of building the Shrewsbury to Holyhead section. Telford was largely self-taught; a stonemason, architect and civil engineering genius!
Safe Harbour in Trearddur
With capacity galore for seaside traditionalists, sailors, and thrill-seekers alike, Trearddur Bay is the perfect place to head for adrenalin filled adventures, an old-fashioned day at the seaside – or both! Its large, sandy beach, rocky coast, and crystal clear waters means it attracts: mariners, kayakers, canoeists, windsurfers, divers, jet-ski and powerboat enthusiasts, as well as fishermen and families, throughout the year!
Watching the world go by in Trearddur!
Situated on the island’s beautiful, rugged west coast – between Rhoscolyn and Holyhead – Trearddur’s beach, the largest on Holy Island, is located to the fore of the noted village of the same name. Often busy and bustling, with plenty of choice for refreshments, as well as easy access to the sand, plus plenty of amenities on hand – Trearddur has always been a firm favourite with both locals and holidaymakers. Yes, its famous sailing club, beautiful views, well reviewed eateries – plus, Blue Flag status, help make it a real Anglesey hotspot – but there’s much more to it than that!
Trearddur from Porth-y-Afon.
It gets harder and harder to ignore Trearddur!
- A large sandy beach – perfect for families!
- Dogs and kids love it here!
- It has a choice of cafes/pubs/restaurants, and amenities close by
- Its Blue Flag status means crystal clear waters!
- This is a super place for rockpooling, paddling, exploring and swimming!
- Famous for sailing – with lots of other water sport opportunities too!
Watching a Trearddur Bay regatta!
Trearddur’s link to King Arthur!
The historical name for Trearddur Bay was Towyn Capel, or Tywyn y Capel, which translates as Chapel Town, and is believed to have derived from a chapel that once stood at the centre of the village. The name Trearddur, however, was actually adopted from a nearby hamlet known as Tre Arthuor, or Arthur’s Town – referring to a local legend that tells the tale of mythical King Arthur once landing here!
No one really seems to know now why it was ‘suddenly’ renamed, but maps from the late 1800s begin to show it increasingly referred to as Tre-Arddur or Treaddur. I’ll be sharing more about Trearddur’s history, both ancient and modern, in a future blog – so keep a look out!
Trearddur in the snow!
The Trearddur ‘To Do’ List:
All sorts of water-based activities take place in Trearddur Bay, including: paddling, rock-pooling, crabbing, swimming, windsurfing, water skiing, body-boarding and paddle boarding – basically, almost anything goes…depending on time (of year) and tide!
Remember, whatever watersport you choose, the bay is used by lots of different people – many of them in boats, both sail and motor powered – so take care. Watch out for jet skis and speedboats especially! For information on what else you can get up to – read on….
The Trearddur Bay Sailing Club is a family friendly organisation that exists to promote sailing and racing – but they also have a VERY healthy social side too – with a mixture of events for the whole family! The main sailing season is focussed on 4 weeks of the summer; from late July to late August. During these 4 weeks/5 weekends, they host at least one sailing or social event per day, and sometimes as many as 2 or 3! For more information on how to get involved, click on the link above.
Keep an eye out for the pretty, traditionally built ‘Clinker’ boats in the smaller bays!
As far as surfing/kitesurfing goes – Trearddur is only for beginners really, as the swell usually isn’t big enough. However, occasionally, during and after storms, the conditions are suitable for the experts too! Apparently, the best swells are found when there’s a SW with a NE onshore wind. Decent breaks present right and left.
In the shelter of the main bay, kayaking and canoeing are usually a gentle affair, but if you want more excitement – head south around ‘Ravenspoint’ – where you’ll find lots of little coves and bays to explore. Head north, towards Porth Dafarch and The South Stack Lighthouse, and you’ll encounter powerful currents and far more swell – but this is only recommended for those with plenty of experience! For information about lessons and rentals, and for coasteering details too, try North Wales Coasteering, Anglesey Adventures, Anglesey Outdoors or BActive@Rhoscolyn – amongst others.
This old slipway is a great crabbing spot!
Scuba diving is also very popular in Trearddur, with a designated dive shop, ‘Splash’, situated on Ravenspoint Road (close to Porth Diana) – although it’s only open during peak season. They often sell beach gear, ice creams and lollies etc. too! The clear waters and abundance of shipwrecks make Anglesey, and this coast especially, a hotspot for all things aqua! The annual Anglesey Scubafest is held on nearby Porth Dafarch every summer! RIB charter is often available from Trearddur, which is obviously popular with divers, and air and Nitrox is also available at the dive shop. Contact Diving Services (Anglesey) for more details.
For those not so keen on water-related sports, there’s The Holyhead Golf Club – situated on the outskirts of the village, towards Holyhead. They happily accept visitors – but make sure to contact them first. Plus, there’s also the Beach Golf Club, a 9-hole, par 28, ‘pay & play’ course – which offers informal fun for all! Open from Easter to October. Tel: 01407 861935.
The whole of this coastline is popular with anglers. You’ll often see people fishing off the beaches, as well as from the rocks and ledges of the surrounding area. The Ravenspoint rocks are a is great place to catch congers, codling, pollock, wrasse and dogfish – and all the usual suspects! Mackerel fishing, offshore, can be super here during the summer months too!
There’s definitely something fishy going on in Trearddur!
The northern section of beach has two slipways, one for public launching and the other for use by the RNLI. There’s also a small RNLI shop next to the lifeboat station. Close to here you’ll often find Refreshment Vans, especially in nice weather and school holidays. Normally there are at least two selling ice cream, with another serving hot drinks, hot dogs – and a great selection of homemade flapjack, and more!
Just behind the beach here, is a public play area (and a football pitch – where Trearddur Bay United F.C. play), as well as the Trearddur Bay Water Sports Cabin, which has facilities that include an education/training classroom, changing rooms, showers and parking. Bikes and water sport equipment are sometimes available to rent nearby.
Messing about in boats…a Trearddur tradition!
Walking, which can be enjoyed even in the wilder, windier months, is popular both to and from Trearddur. Head north and you’ll find rugged cliffside routes wending their way towards Holyhead Mountain. Heading south means experiencing the delights of coves and beaches such as Saints Bay, Rhoscolyn and Silver Bay! With breath-taking coastal and country scenery, beautiful birdlife, headlands bursting with boulders, bunnies, bays – and bountiful botany in both directions – you’ve got to try them! Beware of the steep cliffs and rocks, which can be slippery when wet – with lower ledges being susceptible to waves washing over them! Remember, even on calm days, the wake made by boats can make it quite choppy here and there.
However, if walking with dogs, be aware, that although the section close to the slipways allows them all year round, the larger/sandier part of the bay is kept dog free from May to September. For more details read the council’s information boards near to the beach.
Pinder’s Circus visits Trearddur every Summer – kids love it!
Trearddur’s Top Tips & Travel Advice:
Latitude: 53.2781/Longitude: -4.61666
- P&D – Lon St. Ffraid, Trearddur Bay – LL65 2YR (to left of The Sea Shanty).
- P&D – Lon Isallt, Trearddur Bay – LL65 2UN (to left of The Black Seal – and close to the RNLI Station)
- There are a few (free) spaces behind the beach, next to the RNLI Station – as well behind the road here (close to The Trearddur Bay Hotel) – and a few on the main road through Trearddur – although, some have time restrictions.
- You’ll find a public W/C in the main car park, close to/behind the beach on Lon St Ffraid; open from the March 15th until the October 31st. There’s a 20p charge. It has baby changing and disabled facilities, as well as drinking water.
- There is disabled access to the beach from the main car park on Lon St. Ffraid. The beach-front promenade makes it easy for those in wheelchairs, as well as those those pushing buggies, to enjoy the seaside atmosphere in comfort and style!
Set Sail – and head to Trearddur!
- There are two village shops, including a small Spa. They both sell essentials, with The Trearddur Bay Store having a bait shop and small cafe attached too. Close to the old Waterfront pub (now known as The Black Seal) you’ll find a seasonal shop selling all kinds of beach gear. There’s a Post Office in the Spa. NB The cash machine on the wall outside costs money to use, and they don’t offer cash back – but, the Trearddur Bay Store does!
- There are no life guards, but in the busy periods you may see beach wardens out on patrol. Basically they’re there to control marine vessels, keep things organised – as well as tell you off if you’re walking your dog on the wrong bit…but are there to help with emergencies too! In terms of safety, Trearddur Bay also has its own RNLI lifeboat station on hand! Make sure you pay a visit to their shop – all the profits go towards this wonderful institution. You may even be there when the lifeboat launches – which is both awe-inspiring and exciting to watch! The RNLI organises various (fundraising) events throughout the year – for more information, either pop into the shop and ask, or go to their website.
Make sure you explore the smaller bays, both to the right and left of the main beach!
- The main bay faces west – with high tides making a big difference to the size of the beach. Be aware of strong currents as you leave the shelter of the bay. Head-on westerlies often mean large waves hitting the beach during and after storms – even washing up and over/onto the road – which can lead to it being closed for periods of time – so take care on blowy days!
- If you take a stroll along Ravenspoint Road, which is to the left of the bay, you’ll come across a couple of small sandy coves, the largest of which is Porth Diana, the other called Porth Castell. Head North and you’ll find more – including Porth y Post and Porth Dafarch. Anglesey’s country flower, the very rare Spotted Rock Rose, grows close to Porth Diana – and is the main reason this little bay was awarded a Nature Reserve status in 1979. It’s blooms last less than a day though, so catch a glimpse of it if you can!
- For upcoming events, and local goings-on, check out the community notice board outside the Spa shop!
Trearddur in a Tempest!
The Trearddur Larder:
In terms of places to eat and drink, Trearddur has something for everyone!
The Sea Shanty, a new reincarnation of an old favourite, is my personal favourite – to find out more click on the link! Located just behind the beach and dunes, with easy access to both sand and sea, it’s natty nautical interior will wow you! Not only can you pop in for coffee and a cake, but they serve breakfast, lunch and supper – with a fabulous ice-cream parlor attached too! It’s dog friendly to boot!
India and Rhi enjoying a Sea Shanty ice cream!
The Black Seal, next door to the RNLI station, is the new name for what was once known as the Waterfront. With the best views in town, a fabulous new interior, great food – plus a speciality gin bar – it’s certainly well worth a visit!
The Trearddur Bay Hotel is a four* hotel with restaurant, and bar that serves meals too – both open to the public.
The Seacroft, on Ravenspoint Road, is popular with the sailing crowd – as well as everyone else! This stylish seaside themed pub and restaurant is only a stone’s throw from the beach, offers fresh seafood, pizza – and much more besides! Out of season look out for their special 2 for 1 offers! They’ve been awarded a ‘walker friendly’ rating too, so you can stop worrying about those muddy boots!
As well as refreshment vans in busy periods, there’s also a Chinese restaurant/take-away, The Imperial Palace, and The Driftwood – a cafe/pub that attracts locals and TV sports fans. Plus, there’s a small cafe attached to The Trearddur Bay Store – and hot drinks and snacks can be purchased from the Spa shop as well.
The most photographed view in Trearddur – know locally as ‘the scary house’!
So, for an award-winning beach, with lots of opportunities for fun & games, walks & wetsuits, picnics, paddling – plus ice-creams and holiday dreams come true…not to mention all the rocks, rockpools and smaller bays there are to explore too..why not enjoy a terrific Trearddur Bay day of your own?!
For information on where to stay, what to to, the local area – as well as pretty seaside presents (for yourself …or others) – why not pop into the Menai Holiday Cottages ‘shoffice’! You’ll find it on the main road, on the left, if you’re heading up the hill towards the Golf Club!
Looking back at the bay…