Town to stay in: Cemaes Bay
There is something in the Cemaes District for everyone: the artist, walker, the cyclist, naturalist, sportsman, historian, or the visitor who just wants to escape the stress of modern life.
Cemaes is the most northerly village in Wales and its development has been shaped by the natural resources available to it. Cemaes Bay is an Area of Outstanding Beauty, some of which is owned by the National Trust. The village includes a natural, sheltered harbour that looks north to the Irish Sea and is the site of ancient settlements, that in more recent centuries has become a centre for maritime activities.
Since Victorian times, the picturesque character of Cemaes and the natural beauty of the Island has attracted many artists. They have responded to the sea and sky as it changes with the weather, the superb sunsets, the multicolored rocks and sands exposed on the cliffs and beaches as well as the charm of Cemaes village.
For more than a hundred years, Cemaes has attracted holidaymakers and tourists, including Lloyd George. The main beach is particularly safe – sheltered and gently sloping with sand and rock pools – and is popular with both families and children.
Traeth Mawr, Cemaes
A sandy beach with rockpools and a promenade. A slipway allows easy access onto the beach for both the disabled and toddlers in push chairs, and the beach toilet facilities including disabled (access via RADAR key). Cemaes is ideal for sailing and has a harbour with launching area. The harbour sea wall is a popular place to stroll and to sit, and from here boat trips are available to various locations around the island. The town itself has a number of shops, cafes and pubs as well as a tourist information and visitors centre. A river walk takes visitors from the beach to the recently restored brick works. An annual event is the International Celtic Festival which attracts visitors from a wide variety of countries. Dogs are banned from part of the beach and must be kept on leads on the promenade from May to October each year.
Location and Access: Grid Reference: SH 37 93. Cemaes is located just off the A5025 coast road. The beach is sign posted at either end and there are two car parks (one free and one ‘payand display’). Additional parking is available within a short walking distance in the centre of Cemaes. Disabled parking is provided at both beach car parks.
Award: Resort Seaside Award
Accommodation: Cemaes has a variety of hotels, guest house, B & Bs, caravan sites (mobile and statics) and camping sites.
Traeth Bach, Cemaes
This sandy beach with rockpools has a harbour with a breakwater. The small town has a number of shops, cafes and pubs, as well as a Tourist Information Centre. Traeth Mawr is also located at CemaesBay.
Access: Cemaes Bay is located on the A5025 coast road. O.S.Grid Ref SH 369 973
At the eastern entrance to the bay is Llanbadrig, and St Patrick’s church and cave , one of the oldest Christian sites in Wales, possibly dating from 440 AD. It is said that Patrick set off to Ireland from here. A little further east of Llanbadrig, on the coastal path, is Dinas Gynfor prehistoric hill fort.
Wylfa Power Station
Wylfa Nuclear Power Station has been generating electricity since 1971. The station is powered by twin magnox reactors and uses 55 million gallons of seawater an hour for cooling.
Address: Cemaes, Anglesey LL67 0DH
Tel: 01407 711400 Fax: 01407 711202
Open: Daily, 10.00-16.00
The visitor centre contains an exhibition on nuclear power and power stations, a cafe and souvenir shop. There’s also a nature trail, with many specially sited bird boxes.