Traeth Bychan Beach, Quiet, Sheltered, East Anglesey Beach
Down a narrow, winding lane off the A5025 north of Benllech is Traeth Bychan beach, a small, cosy, sheltered beach facing eastwards.
From here you can enjoy panoramic views of the Great Orme and Liverpool Bay, Puffin Island, and behind the heights of Llanddona and on the mainland, the Carneddau peaks.
Traeth Bychan is rocky on each side of the cove, giving way to a mixture of gravelly sand and small pebbles as the beach reaches up to the small stone and concrete boat park.
This quiet location is the home of Red Wharf Bay Sailing and Watersports Club.
When we arrived on this occasion a number of dinghies and motor craft were being towed up from the water, while a small day fishing boat waited for its trailer to arrive.
As the 4x4 reversed down the small slipway onto the sand, a few keen but tired sailors waded into the water in wetsuit to help align the boat on the trolley.
This is quite a good spot to launch a boat, except in a strong easterly gale, given its position relative to the prevailing winds on Anglesey.
The dinghy park is home to Mirrors, GP14's, Lasers, Toppers and others.
Around the back of the beach are some interesting rock formations and above these thick grassy steep slopes, and from here emerges the Anglesey Coastal Path route running from Benllech in the south to Moelfre in the north.
The coastal path is well signposted and there is a gate on the left as you approach the beach down the hill, next to a small cottage which is built just above the rocks and the high water mark.
Just 25 metres or so from the beach as you go up the lane is Traeth Bychan beach cafe which sells cold and hot drinks, ice creams and snacks, while next to this is a car park and toilets.
Opposite the cafe is a static caravan park which are ideally placed for those wanting to enjoy watersports or walk the coastal path.
During the autumn and winter when boat activity is likely to be much reduced, this beach is a very peaceful and relaxing spot from which to appreciate the coastline and sea views.
There is a piece of maritime history attached to Traeth Bychan beach which may be of interest to some visitors.
On 1 June 1939 HMS Thetis, a "T" Class submarine built at Cammell Laird ship yard in 1938, left her mooring in the Mersey with 103 crew aboard to carry out some trials in Liverpool Bay.
Tragically, due to some unusual extreme events the sub never resurfaced and all crew bar four were lost.
A few months after this tragedy, Thetis was brought to the surface and beached on Traeth Bychan beach, here on the east Anglesey coast.
How to get here:
On the A5025 from Benllech, after about 1.5 miles take the right turn for Traeth Bychan (signposted.
Coming on the A5025 from Moelfre in the north, you would take the left turning at this point.
Follow the winding lane down to the beach and see the car park on your right.
So this secluded beach, sometimes bustling with dinghies and small motor craft in bright summer sunshine, other times peaceful on a clear winter's morning, holds memories for some of dear ones lost in the line of duty.
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