I do not diminish Red Wharf Bay by suggesting that it is a platform from which to view the beauty of the broader bay, because that’s what it is really. Unless you’ve come to wave at sailors who got the tides wrong.
As is most of the coastline of the beautiful Isle of Anglesey, Red Wharf Bay (or Traeth Coch – ‘Red Beach’) is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that is miles across from the hamlet that is known as Red Wharf Bay to Llanddona Beach on the other shore.
I understand that the Bay area extends to around 10 square miles (what that is in Euros, I don’t know).
It's a contentious point - or is that a moot point - about where Red Wharf Bay begins and where it ends.
I am of the view that it begins at the lighthouse at Penmon Point (Trwyn Du) and stretches westwards along Llanddona Beach, Wern y Wylan, Pentraeth, then north toward Benllech and further to Traeth Bychan beach.
Now there's an interesting point worth considering here. It is possible to hop along this coast from one excellent ice cream vendor to another from Llanddona Beach just across the bay here and all the way up to Lligwy Beach.
Go to Llanddona Beach face Red Wharf Bay hamlet and turn left all of a sudden and keep going along the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path. Just keep following the signs through Moelfre and past the Hindlea and Royal Charter monuments
Gradually, over the many decades of my life, the Ship Inn has grown in stature not only in recognition of its fortunate location, but its food and its very traditional ambiance and welcome.
It was a very beautiful day when I visited and each table in front of the Ship Inn was occupied.
I don't need to give you any contact details for the Ship Inn, just take a look at the photograph below and that should guide you.
As I mentioned above, there are two culinary reasons for visiting Red Wharf Bay, one is obviously emblazoned above, then there is the other depicted below, namely then Boat House Restaurant.
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While the Ship Inn is atmospheric and distinctly reflects its history, The Boathouse in Red Wharf Bay is more recent and lighter and is also home to wonderful food and a welcome. Easy things to write, but more so when true. The Boathouse website is https://www.boathouseredwharfbay.co.uk/
Those who are serious walkers of the Coastal path generally arrive at Red Wharf Bay from the Llanddona end. These are obvious by the walking sticks, kitbags and 'Can-Do' attitude written all over their sun and wind ravaged faces.
The rest of us generally arrive from Benllech a few miles to the north and probably had an ice-cream at Dan Dare's before setting off twenty minutes earlier.
Whether you have bimbled along the Anglesey Coastal Path from Benllech or struggled here having faced down outrageous fortune and nasty poodles from the Pentraeth end, a pint and an ice cream awaits you all.
The Anglesey Coastal Path is clearly signposted and can be picked up at the signpost at the bottom of the hill road leading down to the bay.
Two of the worst tragedies to strike at this stretch of Anglesey's coastline occurred in 1859 and 1939:
In October 1859, The Royal Charter from Australia and bound for Liverpool was struck by 104 mph hurricane force winds sailing around Anglesey and came to grief driven onto the rocks just off the coastal village of Moelfre.
When the disaster was over only 39 people survived. The remainder, probably numbering over 450, died and hundreds of bodies were discovered washed ashore along the coast as far north as Amlwch and as far south as Pentraeth and Red Wharf Bay. The Royal Charter disaster created a few tales about a number of suddenly wealthy Anglesey families.
On June 1st of the summer of 1939 HM Submarine Thetis was out for its first sea trials in the Liverpool Bay and failed to return to the surface after it submerged. Ninety-nine souls were lost and only four survived. The Thetis was brought to the sands of Traeth Bychan (probably the northernmost point of Red Wharf Bay) to recover the bodies. I will write more on the history of The Thetis on another page.
In the meantime, have a look at the Wikipedia pages on The Thetis Disaster. Click Here...
For your normal shopping needs then you will have to head elsewhere. Nearest and best served centre for vittles' is Benllech. And for petrol and diesel it is Pentraeth.
Where is each village relative to Red Wharf Bay? Easy, drive up to the main road again. Turn right for Benllech and turn left for Pentraeth.
Please take care turning onto the main road:
This is a straight road and people have been known to speed. Look after yourself.
Click Here for Benllech Facilities.
It is far too shallow and sheltered for waves to build up at Red Wharf Bay and the tide is in and out so quickly that you will be chewing beach sandwich before you know it.
In the immediate locality, surfing is completely out of the questions. However, windsurfing and probably kite-surfing is possible for beginners right across the bay at Llanddona Beach.
Enjoy this seaside hamlet for what it is: just a delightful little village and a fabulous coastal path.
For some good SURFING, WINDSURFING AND KITE-SURFING action in this area:
You'll undoubtedly notice the number of sailing boats, jet-skis and power boats playing up and down this pleasant coastline.
The County Council requires you to register powerboats over a certain horse power and also lists the required qualifications.
• No major prohibition on dogs at Red Wharf Bay, but please keep them on a leash - Unlike Crazy Fido here.
• However, there are Seasonal Prohibitions on dogs on certain Anglesey beaches.
• Always bring a doggie poo-bag with you because the little dears can't always help themselves.
Imagine specific matter oozing from between your tanning and sandy toes.
Imagine a worse scenario; it’s your child.
• The main concern regarding dogs on Anglesey beaches is a health issue. Doggie poo can blind for life.
N.B. Parking is very limited.
I would love to hear from you about your visit to Red Wharf Bay and Anglesey. Especially if you enjoyed the Anglesey Coastal Path and a walk up and down the coast.
Maybe you have questions that you want to ask before you get here.
Maybe you are one of those visitors who has been visiting Anglesey for decades.
Please tell me what makes Moelfre a really special place for you.
Maybe you have special advice - or even warnings.
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