March 22nd 2020: COVID-19 NEWBOROUGH NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE is now SHUT (that includes the forest, the beaches, and the warren)
This simple map shows the main car parks around Newborough.
By car The main car park for the beach is at the end of a narrow lane that leads from the cross-roads in the centre of the village (between the cafe and the pub). The postcode LL61 6SG will bring you to the right road. It’s about a mile from the village to the edge of the forest where you will (usually) have to pay a £5 toll* (or buy an annual pass for £30*). You can now pay the toll with cards and Apple Pay as well as cash. This allows you to continue driving for another mile or so on the forest road to the beach car park. On sunny weekends and bank holidays this route becomes completely gridlocked. This car park has toilets, a mobile catering van, a cold water outdoor shower point, picnic and barbecue facilities and lots of information boards. There are several designated parking spaces for blue badge holders. If you have a blue badge, admission to the main car park is free (show your badge at the toll booth).
*The daily toll has, apparently, gone up by 25% as of 1st April 2018 to £5 and the annual pass is up a whopping 50% to £30 – still value for money, but where will it end…
For the time being, the smaller car parks on the edges of the forest and the warren remain free of charge . They don’t have toilets, but apart from the ones in the village they do all have picnic tables. They are:
- Pen Cob at the Newborough end of the Malltraeth Cob, nearest postcode LL62 5BA and on the other side of the road heading back towards Newborough just a very short distance is the car park for Llyn Parc Mawr. These are great choices for setting off by bike into the forest without paying for the toll;
- Llyn Rhos Ddu and Braint both off Pen Lon on the edge of the warren. The nearest postcode for both is LL61 6RS, for Braint turn left immediately after the roundabout;
- in Newborough itself (Church Street – this has been sold off by the Council but is, for the moment, still open and still free – and Pen Dref Street);
- at Malltraeth (LL62 5BA) at the end of the Cob with a picnic area overlooking the Cefni.
Public Transport There are several bus stops in the village. Buses come from Llangefni and Bangor. If you are intending to walk to the beach, the shortest route is to get off at the Pen Lon roundabout and walk down through the Marram Grass car park (Llyn Rhos Ddu) and follow the trail along the edge of the forest – that’s a little less than a two mile walk. Alternatively, you can get off in the centre of the village and walk down the main toll road (just over two miles and not at all pedestrian friendly for most of the way). Another option is to get off at Eglwys Bach (the old St Thomas Mission Church) and follow the footpath opposite, passing St Peter’s Church and across fields to the forest and then following the forest trails to the beach (also about two miles and all traffic free).
The nearest train station is at Bodorgan, on the main line to Holyhead. It’s a request stop with very limited facilities – but none the less lovely for that. It is about four miles away from Newborough village and about two miles from Malltraeth and the cob. There is a footpath which is meant to follow alongside the railway line towards Malltraeth, but a better bet is to walk along the lanes (turn right out of the station, then right across the railway bridge and left at the road end) through the village of Hermon and pick up the Anglesey Coastal Path from there.
Newborough Village has various retail and service providers, including: a shop; a pub; a chip shop; a gifts and curios shop; and a cafe – The Red Squirrel. There is a mobile Post Office van that stops outside the P J Institute on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9.00am – 10.00am and then moves up to Rhodfa Meyrick until 10.30am on the same days (Post Office info available from 01248 362744). There was a library in the Prichard Jones Institute, but the Council closed it. Now a mobile library calls at the PJ Institute once a month on a Friday between 10.00am and 11.00am.
Further out from the centre of the village we have Tacla Taid and its cafe; The Marram Grass restaurant; and Anglesey Model Village and its cafe (freshly re-opened on 1st Jan 2019 after a HUGE amount of refurbishment work).
There are several caravan sites in and around the village, Awelfryn (the one on the way to the forest toll) and White Lodge (on the road in from Dwyran and owned by the same family as Awelfryn) both have pitches for tents too. The White Lodge site is also the location of The Marram Grass cafe. Only very slightly further away is Ty Croes campsite on the outskirts of Dwyran – it has the added advantage of a vineyard which produces some lovely wines:)
Horse riding – to ride in Newborough Forest (where there are marked trails and a specially designated parking area at the Malltraeth/Pen Cob car park on the edge of the forest) you need to buy a permit. These cost £4 for a week or £10 for a whole year. From 1st July 2018 Natural Resources Wales are going to be administering the permit system in-house: contact them on 0300 065 3000 for more information.
Cycling – Newborough Forest is criss-crossed with tracks and trails that are ideal for cycling. However, they are just tracks and trails and are best suited to hybrid or mountain bikes – it can be tough going for a skinny wheeled road bike. You can extend your cycle ride by parking (for free) at Malltraeth and beginning your journey by crossing the beautiful cob.
Dogs – between 1st May and 30th September, dogs are not permitted on the beach between the main car park (at the end of the toll road) and the causeway to Llanddwyn. This is the area of beach that is covered by the “Blue Flag” award for cleanliness, etc. Between 1st April and 30th September dogs must be kept on their leads on Llanddwyn and must stay on the public rights of way. Dogs can still be taken to the other beach areas and throughout the forest all through the year. Click here for the NRW sign re dog restrictions.
Wildlife – most of the area of the forest and dunes is a National Nature Reserve and wildlife abound here. The National Biodiversity Network website has species lists for many things that can be seen in the area. But just because something isn’t on a list yet, doesn’t mean you might not see it: there’s always got to be a first time:)