Town to stay in: Benllech
The award winning main beach at Benllech is a long stretch of rich golden sands, backed by cliffs.
The name Benllech may have originated from the Welsh words ‘pen’ and ‘llech’ meaning ‘head’ and ‘rock’ – a reference to the sedimentary wave-cut platforms to the north. Benllech is a prime spot for long seaside walkswhere you can find unusual beach flowers. There is also a cliff path, from Benllech Isaf to the neighbouring village of Moelfre.
A short walk around the headland at low tide brings you to Red Wharf Bay, where a small settlement looks out on a vast beach measuring 10 sq miles / 25.9 sq km at low tide. Here, there are excellent opportunities for bird watching, with waders and wildfowl in residence all year. In winter, walk through the woodland en route to Pentraeth, looking out for the elusive Woodcock. Alternatively, head north from Benllech to Traeth Bychan, a water sports centre with a slipway for launching boats. For a map of Benllech, see the link below.
The Isle of Anglesey hugs the coast of North Wales and boasts over 100 miles of spectacular coastline within an area of outstanding natural beauty. Anglesey offers a rich archaeological and historical heritage. Benllech Bay is situated on the North East coast of Anglesey along one of the nicest stretches of coastline throughout the whole of Wales. The beach offers miles of clean golden sands, safe bathing, boating, fishing and windsurfing activities, while the surrounding countryside is a joy to those who loves beautiful sceneries. The surrounding countryside is a joy to all lovers of beautiful scenery with uninterrupted views of the magnificent Snowdonia range, Puffin Island and the Great Orme. Benllech is full of rural and unspoilt charm.
Approximately 0.5 miles / 0.8km outside Benllech, on the B5108, the prehistory of the area can be seen in the communal burial chamber at Cromlech, Tynygongl , which dates from the Neolithic age. 500 yards / 457m away lie the remains of ‘Cytiau’r Gwyddelod’ (huts of the Irish) which date from the 4th century AD. In 1945, children playing on Benllech Beach found the remains of a Viking woman, buried in a wooden coffin over 1,000 years ago. More recently, Viking artefacts have been unearthed in nearby Llanbedrgoch. The site is still being excavated, but is unlikely to be accessible to the public until excavation is complete. Evidence of Roman occupation has also been found.