Landscape - Newborough Forest and Warren

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Newborough Warren is an extensive sand dune system and includes the most southerly part of Anglesey at Abermenai Point. The warren is made up of active and fixed dunes and provides an important habitat for many rare plants and animals.

The area forms part of a National Nature Reserve (NNR) which encompasses Malltraeth Sands, the Cob Pool, Cefni Saltmarsh, Abermenai Point, Llanddwyn Island, Llanddwyn Bay and Penrhos Bay. Originally planted in 1947 to stop Newborough from being engulfed in sand, Newborough Forest is now an important amenity with its extensive network of forest tracks and paths.

Although not included in the NNR, the forest is still an important area for wildlife. Walking the paths you might catch a glimpse of a red squirrel or a crossbill, or hear the guttural call of ravens flying overhead as this was once home to the second largest raven roost in the world. Navigate south through or along the edge of the forest and you’re likely to emerge at the vast expanse of sandy beach that is Llanddwyn Bay. This location is made even more stunning by the backdrop of the Snowdonia mountain range and the Lleyn Peninsula to the south and Llanddwyn island to the north. Llanddwyn is a small tidal island at the north end of Traeth Llanddwyn. It is named after the church of Santes Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers, who reputedly lived there until AD 460. The remains of the church can still be found on the island.

For a list of public toilets on the island, please see Isle of Anglesey County Council - public toilets

A list of the toilets available through the Community Toilet Grant Scheme is also available

Other Things to do

  • Cycling


    'What better way to experience all the natural beauty that Anglesey has to offer than by bike. '

  • Active and Outdoors

    'Active and Outdoors'

    'Making the most of the great outdoors is easy on Anglesey, as the great outdoors is something we have plenty of. '

  • AONB


    'The Isle of Anglesey’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), has one of the most varied landscapes in Britain.'

  • Beaches


    'There really is nothing better than spending a lazy day at the beach! '

  • Geology


    'The breath-taking scenery and unusual rocky landscapes found in Anglesey are unlike anywhere else. '

Other Attractions

  • Landscape Menai Strait

    'Landscape Menai Strait'

    'The Menai Strait, or Afon Menai as it is known locally, is the sea channel that separates Anglesey from mainland Gwynedd. '

  • Llanddwyn Beach

    'Llanddwyn Beach'

    'Renowned as one of the finest beaches in Britain, Llanddwyn is backed by, impressive sand dunes, and boasts spectacular views of Snowdonia National Park, Caemarfon and...'

  • Wildlife Menai Strait

    'Wildlife Menai Strait'

    'The Menai Strait is the captivating submerged valley that separates Anglesey from mainland North Wales. '