Porth Swtan, or Church Bay as it is known in English, is one of Anglesey’s delightful secrets. The relatively remote location tends to keep the crowds at bay and preserve the peaceful ambience of this lovely spot.
A fairly steep path leads down onto the beach which is backed by a steep cliff. At high tide a pebbley strip beneath the cliff is all that is left, but at low tide an extensive stretch of flat sand is revealed. A rocky area is also revealed on both sides of the bay and in the centre, but there is still plenty of open sand to play on.
Rock pooling opportunities are plentiful and occasionally good surf conditions occur here.
The English name of Church Bay is derived from the Church of St Rhuddlad and its rather striking stone spire (which can be seen from the sea). The Welsh name, Swtan, is reference to the fish (Whiting) that used to be brought ashore here.
There are also a few smaller bays further south if you want a bit of solitude – these can be reached by walking along the beach at low tide, or by following the coastal footpath above the cliffs.
Facilities wise there are toilets by the car park. There is a good café here and a renowned restaurant called the Lobster Pot (where you can sample locally caught lobster). For other supplies and shops the nearest place is Cemaes on the north coast.
Dogs are allowed here.
Approach / parking:
There is a small car park close to the beach.