When we hear ‘west coast’ we usually think of California but there is another ‘west coast’ to be taken into the reckoning. The west coast of Anglesey shares a lot with its American cousin. California is famous throughout the world for its relaxed and easy lifestyle, its golden sandy beaches, its spectacular coastal scenery, its surfboarding culture and its attractive houses close to the ocean. Sounds just like Rhosneigr to me if you replace the Pacific Ocean with the Atlantic Ocean. The sand dunes of the west coast of Anglesey so dominate the landscape that it does bring such an ‘other world’ aspect to the area that I am always pleased to visit.
Just as California is synonymous with its surf culture, Rhosneigr is renowned for its watersports. It is a great centre for windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing and kayaking. There are hire shops and training providers to be found there. Along the High Street in Rhosneigr is an attractive range of informal eateries, many offering tables outside, and all combining to offer a cosmopolitan variety of food. The stand-out restaurant in Rhosneigr is The Oyster Catcher set against the dunes on the southern outskirts of the village near Llyn Maelog. Through the dunes, behind The Oyster Catcher is Traeth Llydan (Broad Beach) – a perfect expanse of smooth golden sand that is often populated by fewer than a couple of dozen people.
The Anglesey Coastal Path links the rocky headlands, conifer forests and sandy bays all the way up the west coast from Newborough Warren, along Llanddwyn Beach, to the historic and mystical Llanddwyn Island, across Malltraeth estuary, to Aberffraw Bay, to Porth Cwyfan with ‘the church in the sea’, to the beautiful little Cable Bay and thence to Rhosneigr. There we are again – it is an Anglesey equivalent of the Ventura Highway of Southern California made famous by the band ‘America’ in the seventies even though the road was really called Ventura Freeway. If you don’t want to walk but want to travel American-style by convertible you can use our A4080 which provides some beautiful panoramic views of this enchanting coast.
From Rhosneigr the Anglesey Coastal Path heads north to follow the shore to Four Mile Bridge where it crosses to Holy Island and a diverse stretch of coastline with rocky inlets, sandy coves and a series of striking cliffs in unusual colours before the sea arches of Bwa Gwyn and Bwa Du come into view.
California is young guys in fast cars or on big bikes at famous circuits like Laguna Seca, Long Beach and Riverside. Just south of Rhosneigr is Ty Croes, Anglesey’s own spectacular motor racing circuit of twists and turns, ups and downs, perched above the Irish Sea against the backdrop of Snowdonia and the Llyn Peninsula. There is an exciting programme of car and bike racing throughout the year.
So, perhaps, the west coast of Anglesey does have the credentials to be thought of as a worthy smaller cousin of the stateside version. Coastal Holidays have a number of very attractive self-catering holiday cottages close to Rhosneigr which can be viewed on our website at www.coastalholidays.net :
Glan Morfa (budget accommodation – sleeps 2)
Glan Gors Ysgubor (barn conversion – sleeps 5)
Glan Gors Y Bwythyn (barn conversion – sleeps 4)
Glan Gors Y Stabl (barn conversion – sleeps 5)
You can also email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01248 430190 and we will be glad to help.
‘Have a good day’ as we say on the west coast!