Sand, Surf, Sun…..

(Ok maybe not surf). After months of snow, rain, low temperatures and grey skies; a sunny day meant rushing to a lovely sandy beach, which led us to Llanddwyn Beach, Newborough. Just one of many beautiful beaches on the Isle of Anglesey, but with the added bonus of plenty of disabled parking spaces, disabled toilet facilities, an accessible viewpoint and a lovely forest with level tarmac walkways.

It’s a lovely drive down to the beach at Newborough, it’s £5 as you drive in, or free with a blue badge. There are disabled spaces dotted about, but loads of new and very spacious ones close to the accessible viewpoint walkway entrance.

The first part of the walkway is boarded, but the last section is just sand which may be difficult for wheelchair or scooter users. (We were told by a local resident that part of the walkway had been badly damaged in storms on the island).

If you are able to walk to the end of the viewpoint the view is amazing – Llanddwyn Island and it’s little church to the right, and Snowdonia range to the left.

Although this is an accessible viewpoint with a view well worth the walk (and seats to take a rest on), it’s definitely not an accessible route to the beach. There are 3 large wooden steps down to the sand, and quite a sharp incline on the sand down to the beach, Emily could not manage this independently at all and it needed 2 of us to take her down.

There are alternative and more accessible routes onto the beach, but sand dunes do tend to cause a big problem mobility wise. Beaches you can drive onto are always a bonus for us!

However, a beautiful and very popular beach with good disabled facilities and an accessible viewpoint with an outstanding view of the unbeatable Welsh coastline (I’m biased I admit)….

 

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