A beautiful walk and a cracking Hog Roast!

Newborough Beach

Newborough beach National Nature Reserve from Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey, Wales. cc-by-sa/2.0 – © Pearl Bucknallgeograph.org.uk/p/40336

 

Located on just off of the coast of North Wales, Anglesey (Ynys Mon) is a small but fabulous island on which to stay, play and EAT! From the minute you cross one of the bridges you’ll see stunning landscapes, unspoilt coastlines and picturesque towns and villages that are just waiting to be explored. From the islands culture and heritage to the amazing beaches there is much to discover.

We’re so lucky to live and work in this amazing area, so we thought we’d share with you some gems to visit, both to appease your adventurous and curious side, but also your taste buds!

We recently went for a long Sunday stroll along Newborough beach, a day out not to be missed.   A designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Newborough beach stretches for what seems like miles alongside the sand dunes on the western coast of the Island.  We parked up at one of the many parking spaces at Newborough Forest, and walked along the forest path to get to the beachfront.  What greets you when you arrive by the sea is amazing, a magical place.  Ynys Llanddwyn stretches out in to the sea and although called an island, is accessible via a path, which takes you to the lighthouse at the far end of the island.  Along the way you can learn the story of Dwynwen, the Welsh patron Saint of lovers, and the remains of the chapel and the holy well can still be seen today.

This is a fantastic spot to enjoy a picnic, as the views are unbelievable – you can see further up the Anglesey coastline, and when you look towards the mainland, the splendour of Snowdonia is breathtaking.  The Carneddau, the Glyderau, Snowdon itself, and the Nantlle Ridge – they’re all within the panoramic landscape for you to enjoy (and snap of course!)

As we carried on walking along the beach, we are constantly reminded of the amazing views towards Snowdonia, the sweeping dunes, and the lapping waves – idyllic.  As we get to the far end of the beach, we realise how hungry we are!

Located not too far from Newborough village or the Menai Straits side of Newborough beach is the Marram Grass Café.  This charming little place creates a fun, welcoming and upbeat atmosphere where people can relax and enjoy themselves.  The café is situated on the same site as the White Lodge Caravan Park, in a converted outbuilding, and it’s so much more than a traditional café, it’s an easting destination.

Ran by two brothers, Ellis and Liam, they combine their knowledge and experience acquired over a number of years, with their passion for creating new and exciting dishes.  Most ingredients are locally sourced, and you can even enjoy some local beers whilst you’re there!

As we were there on a Sunday, it was Hog Roast night.  This was a ticketed event with all the food you can eat included, as well as some local entertainment.  The atmosphere is so relaxed, it’s great, and the hosts make you feel so welcome it’s one of those events that you want to keep going back to.

After eating some amazingly tasty pork, and enjoying a quick sing along and dance, it was time for us to make our way back to the car.  There’s quite a walk to get back to the forest from the Marram Grass, but on a beautiful summer’s evening like we had, we didn’t mind at all!