Tourists think this tiny beach leading out of the woods is 'one of the best in the UK'

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Take a leisurely walk amidst Corsican pines, where red squirrels dart up trees and the sea glints on the horizon, and you might think you've been transported to the west coast of America. Continue your journey and you'll be greeted by an expansive sandy beach with the majestic mountains of Eryri looming in the distance, offering a view that's simply breathtaking.

This Welsh gem is brimming with natural wonders; from ospreys swooping down to catch fish to wild ponies ambling across shifting dunes, Newborough Forest leads you to the dog-friendly Traeth Llanddwyn. Then there's the enchanting Ynys Llanddwyn, a haven for photographers seeking to capture its ethereal charm. It's no surprise that one visitor recently called it the "stuff of dreams".

The combination of Newborough's woodland, beach, and warren in Anglesey is a delight that few can resist. One Essex family visiting the area exclaimed, "What a wonderful place!" after being enchanted by the pine trees, nature reserve, dunes, and the stunning sandy beach. To get the latest What's On newsletters from WalesOnline, click here.

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Charlotte from Herefordshire was equally impressed, saying: "The beach is gorgeous and the water is clear. Probably one of the best beaches in the UK, and the forest was lovely too." Except for its forest, the entire area is designated as a national nature reserve, under the stewardship of Natural Resources Wales. The forest itself boasts an array of footpaths and marked trails, catering to walkers of all levels.

For those who prefer two wheels or a fitness challenge, there are also two cycle routes and a trim trail. Wildlife enthusiasts can enjoy Llyn Parc Mawr as a prime location for red squirrel sightings, while the Cefni estuary offers the chance to observe ospreys in their natural habitat. The dunes provide breathtaking views and an abundance of wildflowers. The reserve and forest feature no less than seven car parks. Some are situated a fair distance from the coastline, leading many visitors to opt for the beach car park, which can become quite crowded.

The Stone cross and bench on the footpath above Twr Mawr lighthouse -Credit:©2023 R A Kearton
The Stone cross and bench on the footpath above Twr Mawr lighthouse -Credit:©2023 R A Kearton
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Coast path on Llanddwyn Island with views of Traeth Penrhos on a sunny spring evening. -Credit:Getty Images
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Vehicle Tracks into Newborough Forest, Anglesey, Wales -Credit:Getty Images

To secure a spot, it's advisable to arrive early, and be prepared for potential queues when leaving later on. "The facilities are excellent with plenty of parking, clean toilets, and outside shower," praised one Tripadvisor reviewer. "Spend the day here, take a picnic, relax, paddle, swim and explore. Fantastic for all the family."

Out of the seven car parks, three charge a fee, while the remaining four do not. An ANPR system records vehicle number plates, with payment options available via card or cash upon exiting (£2 for two hours, plus 40p for each additional 20 minutes, capping at £7 for the full day according to prices in 2023). From the beach car park, visitors can access a 53-metre boardwalk that is wheelchair-friendly, leading to a viewing platform above the dunes, although this can sometimes be obscured by sand, particularly following inclement weather.

Natural Resources Wales is currently crafting a "Newborough People Plan" to address the challenges of the area's shifting sands, and they're calling on both residents and visitors to contribute their insights. "We know how popular the site is with residents and visitors, and people are just as important as nature and woodland at Newborough," a spokesperson said last year. "Understanding how they use the site is a significant part of knowing how to manage this dynamic and changing place in the face of the nature and climate emergencies."

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