St David's Park8.5
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Wake up on a Welsh headland with bay, coast and cliff views, grab lunch of Minai mussels or (and) Snowdonia cheese at the campsite gastropub, then take your toes to sink into the sand of the site’s own private beach just a minute’s walk from reception…we heaved a wistful sigh just typing that. So we think a hol at St David’s Park at Red Wharf Bay on the Isle of Anglesey is a rollickingly safe bet for all things chilled, with the modern essentials you need on site and the attractions of Anglesey on your sandy doorstep.
But back to those views: the camping fields at St David’s Park are right on the headland, with views over the east Anglesey coast, the Red Wharf Estuary towards Victorian favourite Llandudno and the limestone headland of Great Orme – well, the whole area is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and designated nature reserve…And happily, the gastropub on site, The Tavern on the Bay, also overlooks the beach and bay for viewsome vittles.
For essentials other than the views and the pub, there’s a big modern shower block with underfloor heating and free use of all amenities including power showers, hairdryers, baby-changing facilities, disabled shower room and family bathroom with corner bath. There’s also a popular play area on site with cycling area and mini football pitch.
All pitches at St David’s Park are soft standing and come with electric hookup and aerial points, with water and waste disposal points easily accessible.
Start off on the doorstep with St David’s Park’s own safe and clean sandy stretch about a minute’s walk from reception: stretch yourself out on a beach towel in this sheltered bay or go a-rockpooling: there are several shallow pools suitable for kids to learn the art. There’s a boat park and slipway here too if you’re lucky enough to own your own craft; if not, try some fishing off the slipway instead and dream of the day you get your mitts on your very own vessel.
Also within very easy reach (you’re on an island, after all), there’s the massive beach and small village of Red Wharf Bay, with a sailing club, pubs and cockles to pick from the sand. Just along the coast there’s Benllech Bay, a Blue Flag award holder since 2004 and with tennis court and bowling green in the village, then Conwy Bay a little further to the east with old walled town and Conwy Castle.
The Victorian town of Llandudno, the biggest resort in Wales, is five miles from Conwy and has two beaches, a Grade II-listed pier and the Great Orme Tramway, the only cable-operated street tramway left in Britain. Catch a tram from Llandudno Victoria station to the top of Great Orme, where there are views as far as the Lake District and the Isle of Man on a clear day. Great Orme is a designated nature reserve and has thousands of clamouring seabirds to spot as well as a couple of hundred feral goats whose ancestors are said to have been introduced to Anglesey by Queen Victoria (follow your nose to find them).
Part of the North Wales Coast Path runs along the Great Orme summit and you probably wouldn’t mine a look at the famous Great Orme Mines either, which go back to the Bronze Age and are thought to be the biggest prehistoric mine unearthed so far in the world. Or spend a few days overground at Snowdonia National Park to tackle the summit of Snowdon, go horse-riding or take a trip on the Snowdon Mountain Railway. There are lashings of watersports at the park too, or you can stay on Anglesey and dive into exploring the shipwrecks of the shoreline instead – there are thought be around 1200 of them. The island has several diving schools for all levels of divers including lessons for beginners.
If you want to go further afield for a day trip, you can reach Dublin in a couple of hours via the fast ferry from Holyhead, just off Anglesey on Holy Island.
Water quality at nearby bathing waters
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St Davids - Benllech, Isle Of Anglesey
Benllech, Isle Of Anglesey
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|Whitewashed old pub worth visiting for position right on Anglesey's east coast (get there early for a seat with fantastic views of miles of tidal sands); big old-fashioned rooms either side of bar counter, nautical bric-a-brac, long varnished wall pews, cast-iron-framed tables and open fires, Adnams, Tetleys and a guest, 50 malt whiskies and decent choice of wines, food can be good; if you run a tab they lock your card in a numbered box and hand you the key, background Classic FM in lounge; children welcome in room on left, dogs in bar, disabled access, open all day||Ship
Red Wharf Bay
- Beaumaris Castle (5.7 miles)
- Penrhyn Castle (9.8 miles)
- Caernarfon Castle (12.5 miles)
- Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens (7.8 miles)
- Aberconwy House (15.5 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Wern y Wylan - Pentraeth Forest - Wern y Wylan
- Penmon Priory - Penmon Point - Penmon Priory (6.0 miles)
- MALLTRAETH MARSH (CURRENT BOUNDARY FROM 05/07/2002) (8.1 miles)
- Penmon Priory - Penmon Point - Penmon Priory (6.0 miles)
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Fantastic 7 Oct 2013
jeangallagher12 (Mature couple, 3 reviews, 3 photos)
Excellent Location + facilities 4 Oct 2013
jason_e0 (Family with young children, 1 review) Confirmed
Fantastic site 19 Jun 2013
Ruth_R0 (Family with young children, 1 review) Confirmed
Fantastic and friendly site 3 Jun 2013
Chris_M4 (Family with young children, 1 review) Confirmed
2 nights camping 29 May 2013
karlatkinson (Young couple, 1 review) Confirmed
Lovely park with beautiful sea scenery. Suitable for family with young children. 17 Aug 2012
Siew_C (Family with older children, 1 review) Confirmed
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Electrical hook-up points for tourers
Seasonal pitchesMax. motorhome length: 8.0 metres
Commercial vehicles allowed
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Surf school nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
Ordnance Survey maps (GB and Northern Ireland only) are available at lower levels via the drop-down menu.
- Coach stations
Bangor: Garth Rd Bus Station — 6.8mi
6.8mi Caernarfon: Penllyn Bus Station — 12.4mi
12.4mi Llandudno: North Western Gdns Coach Stop — 15.7mi
- Train stations
Llanfairpwll Rail Station — 6.5mi
6.5mi Bangor (Gwynedd) Rail Station — 6.9mi
6.9mi Llanfairfechan Rail Station — 9.8mi
- Ferry ports
Holyhead Ferry Terminal — 17.8mi
Anglesey Airport — 14.5mi
From the A55 Expressway Westbound, take Junction 8, the exit for the A5025, signposted Benllech & Amlwch.
Follow this road for one mile, and go straight across the roundabout (Four Crosses pub on left).
Carry on passing the VW/Audi Garage on the right and go through the village of Pentraeth. Upon leaving the 40mph zone on the way out of the village, you will notice one of our signposts to your left just as you approach a sharp left-hand bend. You will then see a turning on your right signposted Red Wharf Bay. Turn right here and follow the road which runs parallel with the main road you have just turned off.
When you see the disused hotel ahead to your right go straight on, rather than following the road to your left. This leads you onto a country road. After approximately ¼ of a mile you will see the sign for St David’s Park and the Tavern 1924 on your left. Go through the gateposts and follow our private road to the end.
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Arrive: Wed 19 Jun 2013
Depart: Thu 20 Jun 2013
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