General information

(This simple map shows the main car parks around Newborough.

newboroughmap5 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. bodorganstationsign

Bodorgan Train Station

Bodorgan Train Station

Newborough Village has various retail and service providers, including: a shop, a pub, a part-time public library (in the Prichard Jones Institute), a chip 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).

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 (due to reopen imminently).

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 (nor on Llanddwyn). This is the area of beach that is covered by the “Blue Flag” award for cleanliness, etc.  They can still be taken to the other beach areas and throughout the forest.

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:)

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50 thoughts on “General information

  1. Angharad jones

    Please note new contact number for Newborough forest driving and riding society formally know as Traeth Rhosyr is 07503901736 kind regards Angharad

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    1. Kay hortographical Post author

      Hello
      You can buy an annual ticket at the toll booth on the way to the forest. Alternatively, you may be able to buy one by contacting Natural Resources Wales directly – 0300 065 3000 – and they can post one to you, I think.

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  2. keith polhill

    Can you camp on the edge of the main car park or just onto the beach so you can see a sunrise/sunset . Only a little pop up tent for the evening ?

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    1. Kay B Post author

      The ‘official’ answer to that has to be no… But there’s nothing to stop people from going down early or late. And people do go night fishing etc.

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      1. Miss gater

        Hi, does this include kiddy sun pop up tents. (As far as not being allowed)…We are planning to go for a picnic and the sun tent is for baba

  3. Bass guitar

    Are there any time restrictions on the main car park? Is there a barrier which is down and locked at certain times or can one go down for a long/late evening/sunset visit?

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    1. Kay B Post author

      Usually, these days, the barriers are down during the daytime only (when there’s someone in the kiosk, about 9am to 5pm). Most of the rest of the time they’re up…it’s a bit of a thorny issue and could change at anytime, but at the moment you can drive down in the evenings/mornings toll & barrier free.

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    1. Kay B Post author

      Hello – yes, there are picnic tables at the main car park, the Braint and Llyn Rhos Ddu car parks (off Pen Lon), and the Pen Cob car park. There are barbecue areas at the main car park in the forest and that is the only place that barbecues are permitted. There are also picnic tables with a lovely view over the Cefni alongside the car park at Malltraeth village.

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  4. brian

    I would have thought that a mention about not lighting fires anywhere on the site, beaches and forest, would have been an obvious one. There are many remains of camp/cooking fires in both forest and beach high water fringe. As a local, whose small business depends on the forest’s existence, I have asked two lots of picnickers to put out their fires this year alone. This needs addressing more forcefully, probably by large lettered signs immediately after the pay barrier on the way in. NO FIRES IN FOREST OR ON BEACH may be more effective than a great stitherum in the usual officious and ineffective style.

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    1. Kay B Post author

      I completely agree and thank you for adding that. The same could also be said for the camping and associated human excrement and litter that is becoming a worse and worse nuisance in the forest and dunes: such a shame when a few thoughtless people spoil it for the rest.

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      1. Alliepag

        Absolutely! I am so careful with my dog – and am disgusted at times with what the visitors leave behind even in the toilet block! Fires are a really big concern. Also applies in the hills up the Nant, at least the damage there would be minute in comparison to the potential damage at Newborough.
        The wardens have a massive clean up every day.

    1. Kay B Post author

      You can purchase them at the toll booth on the way into the forest. I don’t know if you can purchase them any other way or anywhere else. Natural Resources Wales telephone number is 0300 065 3000 – they should be able to advise you.

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    1. Kay B Post author

      Hi
      If you’re a resident of Newborough (proved by Council Tax bill), you can pay a nominal fee for a key. But it is only residents that can do this. If you live outside of Newborough you can buy a year pass, but only for the main car park not the residents’ one.

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  5. jessie hughes

    Hi. I am coming with our walking group by coach from the Wirral on 22/08/17. Can you tell me the nearest coach parking or drop off point to walk through the forest, around the island,[tides permitting] and returning to Newborough or LLyn Rhos Ddu. I presume the main car park at the beach is not accessible by coach.
    Thank you
    Jessie Hughes

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    1. Kay B Post author

      Hello – you’d best speak to Natural Resources Wales to double check. School buses do sometimes use the main (toll) road into the forest and there are two specific bus bays just inside the gate to the residents’ car park (just off the main car park) but you’d need a key to use those and only NRW could help with that, so I’d recommend calling them: 0300 065 3000. Especially as it is peak holiday season then and could be very busy.

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  6. Brian Charlton

    Mobile Post Office
    Mon, Tue and Thu 09.00-10.30
    All services including access to bank accounts available.

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  7. Trevor

    I would like mention that parking on Newborough beach is free for blue badge holders although there are no information signs on the kiosk. On enquiring about it I was told that all the locals know about it, that is why there are no signs. Something is drastically wrong here, if blue badge holders are allowed in the car park without having to pay then there should signs informing people of this else how are tourist supposed to know.

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    1. Kay B Post author

      Hello Trevor – thank you for the comment and highlighting this: I have asked NRW to clarify. I know that blue badge holders are able to park in Anglesey Council’s pay and display car parks for free. And all local residents have free access to the forest. But as you say, there is no information either at the toll or on the NRW website about blue badge holders and parking in the main Newborough Forest car park.

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  8. Julie

    Please can you advise if the toll road and main car park will still be accessible to visitors on Friday afternoon and early evening (15 sept), as I know preparations will be underway for the triathlon.
    Thankd

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    1. Kay B Post author

      Hi Julie

      As far as I know (from previous years) the toll road and at least some of the main car park will be accessible on Friday – but it will be busy with competitors and crew coming and going, stands being set up etc. Registration of competitors begins at 5.00pm on Friday, but the official road closure is only on the Saturday and Sunday during the races. You could double check with Always Aim High (the organisers) on 01248 723553 or info@alwaysaimhighevents.com just to be sure.

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  9. Simon

    Could anyone please tell me whether the walk from Llyn Rhos Ddu to rge beach is possible with a buggy? And how long would that walk take? Many thanks.

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    1. Kay B Post author

      Hi
      In theory it is possible with a buggy, and people do do it. The path is wide enough and there are no stiles or gates. But there are quite long stretches of soft sand (and muddy bits if it’s been wet) making the going tough in places. It’s probably about a half hour walk without a buggy. With a buggy…I wouldn’t like to say.

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  10. Brian Charlton

    Newborough Mobile Post Office operates at the same time but now moves from Pendref St and stops additionally for the last 20 minutes on Malltraeth Street (Rhoddfa Meyrick) on way out of village going to Malltraeth (A4080). Thanks for mentioning the service. (Brian Charlton, postmaster)

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  11. Nick

    Hi, I am wondering if it would be possible to get married on Newborough beach at all? Could you perhaps give me any contacts with regards to holding a ceremony there? It is a very special place for us and we would love the opportunity to be able to marry there.
    Thanks
    Nick

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    1. Kay B Post author

      Hi – sorry to be so slow to respond, I only just saw your message. I would recommend you contact Natural Resources Wales about this – 0300 065 3000. I think the problem is likely to be with having a ‘premises’ and getting a licence for the ceremony. You could also try contacting Anglesey’s Registrar Service – 01248 751926. I don’t remember a wedding on the beach. What you do sometimes see are people doing pre/post wedding photo shoots, with the actual ceremony being somewhere else.
      Sorry I can’t be more helpful.

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    2. Brian Charlton

      Hi Nick – brings back happy memories – back in 1991 when we got married we went for a paddle on the beach. The actual ceremony took place at the registry office in Llangefni but there we were all on the beach suited and booted and a reception in our garden afterwards – we still live in Newborough. There is a “premises” on Ynys Llanddwyn island – Eglwys Santes Dwynwen, Niwbwrch and acts of worship are held in the ruins of the church. Nearest “proper” church is St Peters, Newborough. I think several local hotels are licensed for weddings – Carreg Bran at Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. On the opposite shore of the Menai Strait is Fort Belan which hosts weddings as well. Hope some of this helps. Good Luck.

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    1. Kay B Post author

      Hi – no, I’m afraid dogs aren’t allowed on Ynys Llanddwyn Island from April thru September (because of the birds nesting, rather than the blue flag accreditation that applies to Traeth Llanddwyn Beach and bans dogs from May thru September). They’re not even allowed on a lead.

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  13. Brian Charlton

    Because the cafe (Red Squirrel Cafe) has moved across the road into the old post office and there is now a gentleman’s Barber shop where the cafe was (The Male Groom Room) the bit at the start needs amending.

    Mobile Post Office service update information can be obtained from 01248 362744 (Maesgeirchen Post Office who operate the service).

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    1. Kay B Post author

      Hi Michelle – if you contact Natural Resources Wales on 0300 065 3000 they will advise you what you need to do. I’m not sure whether they will charge again.

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    1. Kay B Post author

      Hi – not really, I’m afraid…The main (toll) car park is the closest one. There is a small parking area nearer to Llanddwyn and hence Penrhos, but that is for residents of Newborough only. If you wanted to get to the further end (the Cefni end) of Penrhos beach you could park at the Pen Cob or Llyn Parc Mawr car parks and follow the Dwynwen Heritage Trail and/or the Estuary View path then the Postman’s Path (all are still quite long though c.2km each way…)

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    2. Brian Charlton

      Only residents can park in the car park near The Causeway to the island. Other than the main beach car park you can park at the end of the Cob and walk over but it is quite a walk.

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    1. Kay B Post author

      Hi – usually the toll booth is shut by that time and the barriers are left open. So, in effect the car park is free…(but the timings can’t be guaranteed. And in the “old days” there was a different barrier system that you could only pass through with a fob, that’s not been in operation for a couple of years now, but anything could change…).

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  14. Kirsty

    Can we park a small rib on a trailer in the main car park? If yes, may I ask what the extra cost is?

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    1. Kay B Post author

      Hi Kirsty
      You may want to check with Natural Resources Wales (0300 065 3000), but from what I’ve heard there is no additional cost to take a trailer to the car park.

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  15. Claire

    we have 2 cars, is the annual toll pass forone vehicle only, or can we use either? My car is old, but holds the bikes, we mostly use our new car, but would like to bring the bikes occasionally

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    1. Kay B Post author

      Hi Claire – when you buy the pass, you’re given a card that you have to show to get into the forest. They do take your car registration number initially, but it’s the card they take note of at the booth. To be certain, you’d need to check with NRW – 0300 065 3000. Or just ask at the booth – they’re very helpful.

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