The small seaside resort of Cemaes Bay, (sometimes known as Cemaes), clusters around its harbour on the north coast of Anglesey, North Wales. Cemaes is one of the most northern villages in Wales and was once the chief port for the north of Anglesey. Today the village has a well-earned reputation as a popular holiday resort and fishing harbour. The Anglesey Coastal Path winds its way through the village on its way from Llanbadrig Point to Wylfa Head.
I have to admit it is only recently that I have discovered the charms of Cemaes Bay. I had previously steered clear of Cemaes because of its association with the Wylfa Power Station that sits on the headland behind the town. But what a mistake on my part! It must be one of the most beautiful estuaries and most pleasant settings for a seaside holiday in North Wales.
All the action revolves around the centre point of the village that is the picturesque harbour. It is a busy little harbour as evidenced by the stacks of lobster pots and other fishing paraphernalia stacked on the harbour wall. However, there is ample room to sit and enjoy the view or eat your fish and chips while watching the kids jump off the harbour wall. It is a short walk from the harbour to the village main street which is a bustling little street with a number of good quality shops including a village store, grocers, butchers, chemists, hairdressers, craft shop and art gallery, a local heritage centre and tearooms, village hall, fish and chip shop, and last but not least two traditional pubs.
Cemaes Bay is popular with anglers, with opportunities for either boat or shore fishing. If its shore fishing you are after then there are numerous places around the bay from where to fish including the rocky headlands of Trwyn y Penrhyn, Trwyn y Parc and Llanbadrig Point. The more adventurous may venture out into the Irish Sea on one of many regular boat trips from the harbour and if you are lucky then Pollack, Bass, Tope, Whiting, and Mackerel could be on the end of your line.
There are two great beaches Traeth Mawr and Traeth Bach offering safe bathing, golden sands, and rock pooling for the children. Crabbing from the harbour pier is ever popular with the children.
Walks, Cycle Trails and Other Activities
Slightly further afield there are an abundance of walks. Follow the Coastal Path (soon to incorporate the “All Wales Coast Path,”) for just 10 minutes, and you reach the beautiful Llanbadrig Bay and Llanbadrig Headland. From here, there are great views along the coast and across the Bay of Cemaes.
The old church of Llanbadrig (St Patrick's Church) sitting on the headland offers heritage and history a-plenty. With a legendary cave, a holy well and a carved stone from early Christian times.