Rhosneigr Beach, Anglesey
If you like watersports, Rhosneigr Beach could be one of your favourites on Anglesey. On a recent visit to Rhosneigr beach I was amazed at how keen the surfers and sailors are over here.
Parking your car just outside the village and off the A4080 you can take the narrow footpath amongst the tall marram grass which runs parallel with a small stream running to the sea.
With sand dunes either side of your path the excitement build up as you can hear and smell the sea before you catch sight of it.
On reaching the opening you are faced by the wide expanse of Rhosneigr Beach.
To the south east the soft sandy shoreline runs to the headland beyond which is Cable Bay (or Porth Trecastell).
Turning right you can either make for the rocky outcrop which links to the next beach or walk through the narrow lane that leads back into the village.
Here you will see some coastal properties with some excellent sea views.
To the North West you look along the vast stretch of what I call "Long Beach" which runs towards Cymyran Beach, opposite Holy island.
Here on Rhosneigr Beach small boats are moored in a small sheltered creek ready to take their eager crew out onto the vast blue ocean to the west.
On this day I come across an enthusiastic bunch who have just got their inflatable craft off the shore and heading out to explore.
A couple of jet skis rev up, their drivers ready to plough their furrow across the flat turquoise sea.
Tractors busily ply backwards and forwards up the beach with boat trailers.
One case amused me. Three people in a speed boat being pushed into the sea by the tractor and when the signal is given the line is released and the tractor accelerates back up the beach.
Surely, getting your feet wet is part of the fun, isn't it?
The smell of salty seaweed and tractor diesel fumes adds to this drama, and nearby a young boy is dragged along by a yellow and blue kite that is too big to handle.
Swimmers need not be concerned. Nearby is a line of yellow buoys clearly marking the channel for jet skis, so outside that you're fine.
Wandering back up towards the village, through the quaint, narrow streets you get a sense of time standing still. With the sun almost at its zenith over Rhosneigr Beach it's time to head for some refreshment.
On the way, in a small side street I come across the small village library which opens on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturdays.
So you can always take a few hours out in the shade and immerse yourself in some local history books.
A sign on the noticeboard points to a rather active community: Salsa Dancing, Dog training and Body Toning to name just three activities on offer.
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By now you must be really thirsty, after walking along a sun drenched beach, watching the sailors launching their craft, admiring the sea views and checking out local property.
So, why not head towards Sullivan's on the main street, just below the village Square which has the clocktower as a landmark.
You can relax in Sullivan's with a cappucino or americano or perhaps a J20. great after a morning out sailing or surfing in the bay.
Check up on what's happening in the world using one of the internet connections available. There's even a facility for you to do your washing while you relax. The launderette is open six days a week between 9 and 6.
Across the road from this coffee shop is Fat Face, which has its own designer brand of quality clothing including T-shirts, jeans, jackets and beach footwear.
On the other side of the square is a very busy convenience store which also has the local Post Office inside, while there is a nice little restaurant and pub called Tafarn y Morfa on the right hand side of Ffordd Maelog as you leave Rhosneigr for the A4080 and Church Bay.
So, there's a brief taste of the beach and village of Rhosneigr in a nutshell!
When on the A55, look out for the junction leading to Aberffraw and Rhosneigr (A4080), leave the carriageway at the junction and drive through the small villages of Engedi and Llanfaelog, where you will pass the church to your left and Post Office on the right as the road narrows around a bend, then past the medical centre on your left.
Keep heading for the sea which you can see in the distance and take the first right, after passing the local convenience store about 400 yards on from Llanfaelog Church on the left.
If you don't take the right turning you'll end up in
but don't worry because there's an excellent sandy beach there too!
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