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by Tom Fieldhouse (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer, living in Bath with my wife and son. I love my city, and love to live here. I write about Bath a lot, and sometimes about travels in Ireland and France.
Published April 11th 2019
Anglesey by the Sea
Cemaes Harbour
The harbour at Cemaes, at low tide

Seaside paradise, far from the city

Cemaes Bay in Anglesey is an idyllic seaside village and the most northerly village in Wales. The harbour is surrounded by lovely little beaches, and there is a tiny but bust village with an award winning Fish and Chip shop, pub, village cooperative shop and much much more. As a seaside location, it is very unspoiled and friendly, and the sunsets here are magnificent. This is the perfect place to go to escape the city for a while.

The river running down to the sea

The river Wygyr runs through the village to join the sea. As well as giving a magnificent scrabble score, this river makes for a beautiful walk, that snakes out of the village if you head upstream. Once you get to the beach, you might also hear the famous 'St Patrick's Tide Bell, which is a double-ended bell that is rung by the incoming tide. It has been designed to ring at the same time as many other bells around the UK.

St Patrick's Tide Bell, at low tide

Cemaes-proud and friendly community

Cemaes sports the most northerly pub in Wales, in the Stag Inn. It is almost exactly opposite Dublin in Ireland, and so really does occupy a northern location. To get to Cemaes Bay, you have to cross from the mainland on the Menai Bridge, and so technically, this is the most northerly pub, on an Island, in Wales. It has a traditional feel, and like everywhere else in Cemaes, there are lovely seaside views.

The Stag Inn

Award Winning Fish and Chips, or Pysgod a sglodion

We had the best Fish and Chips ever in Cemaes, and ate them on the beach. The fish was beautifully flaky and fresh, and we learned that the chip shop here is a proud member of the NFFF, also known as the National Federation of Fish Friers. The chip shop can be found along the same street as the pub, in the centre of the village.

Chip Shop
Wonderful Fish and Chips

No visit to Cemaes is complete without watching the sun dip below the horizon. In April, the sun sets over the village and bathes the whole place in an orange glow.

Sunset over the harbour

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Why? Idyllic seaside village in Anglesea, Wales
When: Whenever you feel like it.
Where: The far North of Wales, on Anglesea Island
Cost: Very affordable, in a priceless location
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