Amazing Aberffraw

Also know as Traeth Mawr, Aberffraw Bay is a wonder to behold! It’s one of our favourite places to visit throughout the year and somehow feels more dramatic every time we see it. Backed by a vast expanse of dunes which are a Special Area of Conservation, the sandy beach is truly stunning and affords spectacular views of the mountains on the mainland. To reach the beach you need to take a pleasant walk along the sandy bank of the River Fraw. The beach is just far enough from the parking area to ensure that it is never busy, even on the sunniest of days.

Aberffraw beach is sandy all the way back to the dunes and when the tide is out, and it goes a long way, there is a huge area to stroll around or for the kids to play in. The water remains shallow seemingly forever, so you need to walk out a fair way if you want to swim, but that is part of the fun. There are usually a few decent shells to collect scattered across the sand and when you have finished sunbathing, swimming or taking a stroll, you can walk back to the village for a coffee and a snack.

Parking is free at Aberffraw and there never seems to an issue getting a space. The walk to the beach is simply gorgeous, the views are incredible and this is a wonderful place to visit, even in the winter. It’s certainly worth the drive to the west coast of Anglesey to visit this beach which is approximately 50 minutes from the Woollen Mill. Check the tide times here before you go if you don’t want a long walk to the water and please note that there are no toilet facilities or refreshments at the beach.



We have great news! Dogs are welcome at Aberffraw throughout the year and they love it! The walk from the parking area along the river is great fun and the pooches can have a paddle or a swim before they even get to the beach, as long as it isn’t low tide. When they reach the sandy beach there’s plenty of room to run about. It’s best to keep dogs off the dunes at the back as they are a conservation area and home to many threatened species. Don’t forget to take poo bags with you and there are handy bins for them in the parking area when you return.


From the Woollen Mill, head towards Bangor on the A487 and then follow the signs to Holyhead. As soon as you have crossed the bridge onto Anglesey turn left and then left again on to the A4080 towards Dwyran and Newborough. Stay on this road until you see the sign for Aberffraw and turn left again. As you approach Abberffraw you will see the village on the hillside above the river and a left turn into a parking area on the south side of the river. To access the beach, walk to the end of the parking area and turn left. Walk up the road a few yards and there’s access to the dunes and river bank on your right. Walk up the river bank until you arrive at the bay.