One of the best days out we had in Wales this summer was the one when we went to Newborough Beach on Anglesey. We’ve visited the island many times and have friends there, but never visited the beach previously. Newborough has been voted the British Beach of the Year or something like that, it’s a blue flag beach, totally gorgeous.
The only thing you need to know if you are going to spend the day at Newborough beach is that though it has toilet facilities, no cafe or other means of getting hold of edible foodstuffs are within walking distance, should you have forgotten to take any with you.
Like we did.
But then, before we went there we didn’t know we wouldn’t be able to come and go a we pleased.
About a mile or so from the beach is a barrier that goes up when you pay £3 to enter, and once you’ve paid your money you drive through the forest to the beach and you’re pretty much stuck there till you want to go home. No nipping off to get a spot of lunch or anything (well, not unless you want to pay another £3 to re-enter).
Well it was our first time there and we were absolutely ravenous after a couple of hours as we’d only taken a bottle of cola and a few bags of Walkers crisps with us. It is definately the kind of place where you want to spend more than an hour or two though so we were disappointed to leave sooner than we would have liked.
The kids had a fab time splashing in the sea at ages 13 and 16 and it was great to see them having a good time together. Especially after all the stress we’d been under waiting for Wonderboy’s diagnosis and then with Wondergirl taking her GCSE’s and us having huge renovation work done on the house.
We would have loved to stay longer, but next time we’ll know to take our lunch with us!
Anyway, i don’t know for sure what the name of the sport below is, is it windsurfing of a different variety? I don’t know. I think it may be called kite surfing, but i’m not sure.
Anyway, i took a few snaps and thought i’d post them for you. Hope you like them! (my favourites are the first and last photos!)
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