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A bit off the beaten track and worth a visit but it is quite a characterless beach . A very narrow... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2018
St Helens, United Kingdom
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Stunning nature reserve, beautiful walks and very peaceful. Not a sandy / sunbathing beach.. shale... read more

Reviewed 8 August 2018
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Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

A bit off the beaten track and worth a visit but it is quite a characterless beach . A very narrow road toget down to car park which is free . Think it is more a beach area for fishernen.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

Stunning nature reserve, beautiful walks and very peaceful. Not a sandy / sunbathing beach.. shale, rocky and beautiful views.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank whitemere
Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

Visited this beach today because the weather was incredible. Really enjoyed it lovely walk along the beach it's all pebbles so don't bring your sand castle tools. Loads of wild life and a very calm bay great for swimming or would be ideal if you...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank draxxus
Reviewed 5 June 2018

Out with the RSPB Chester Group and saw three types of tern, protected by an electric fence, on an island in the lagoon. Arctic, common and sandwich terns with black-headed gulls (plus their chicks). All monitored by the North Wales Wildlife Trust. The views were...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank NickJCarey
Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

Beautiful wild coast,lovely walks, saw many interesting things including seals.lovely tea rooms at Nanner Farm Close by they also have a shop which sell there own a preserves. Had a very enjoyable day up at Cemlyn.

Date of experience: September 2017
Reviewed 11 July 2017

My wife and I are interested in wildlife and make an annual pilgrimage to Cemlyn to see the tern colony in particular . This year we visited on 9th July , sadly only to find the lagoon completely devoid of any terns. In normal summers...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank MickSway
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Beautiful unspoilt bay - sand, rocks, pebbles, shells and lovely view. Great for paddling, picnics and rock-pooling.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank mandyd889
Reviewed 22 March 2017

We went Mid March & the picturesque drive up to the reserve was similar to West Coast of Scotland. We immediately saw a massive flock of Golden Plover rise from the small islet as we arrived (not us putting them up!) there were Med Gulls...More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Wellitsmytake
Reviewed 25 July 2016

Cemlyn bay is a North Wales Wildlife Trust Reserve, It is a great place for watching the Sandwich, Common and Arctic Terns nesting on the islands of the brackish lagoon. To see the Terns, it is best to park the western car-park next to the...More

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank John4One
Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

I am not a twitcher, so for me when I have seen one turn I've seen them all. But walk along the coast and rocky beach watching the seals playing in the sea wonderful. Take a picnic and binoculars and watch. It's amazing looking one...More

Date of experience: July 2016
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28 July 2017|
Response from MickSway | Reviewed this property |
So sorry that I havn't answered, I can't recall an alert about it. I have seen canoeists there but don't know it is it legal. There is no cafe on site, but there is one on the lane down from the main road a bout a mile away.
Ray A
9 January 2017|
Response from John4One | Reviewed this property |
No - It's a RSPB bird sanctuary.
29 December 2016|
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Response from StuB62 | Reviewed this property |
Only Car parking and then liable to flooding at high tides. Beach is shingle/pebbles and hard to walk on. Purely a Nature reserve with no access to islands with breeding terns and gulls in season If you want a cafe, fish... More