Delightful cottage with all mod cons, less than five minutes walk from the beach and a short walk from bouldering in a rocky cove.
OK, the advert for the holiday cottage I rented for my family holiday on Anglesey didn’t read like this. Perhaps the ad should have. It was great being able to do a little bouldering on the beach and an added selling point for staying in that part of Anglesey.
It was actually a happy coincidence that I happened to be staying close to a small bouldering venue. It was only after I’d booked the cottage that I found out about the bouldering at Lon Isallt Bay when I was researching the bouldering on Anglesey on UKClimbing.
Lon Isallt Bay is a small, pretty and sheltered cove on the Holy Island part of Anglesey between Porth Dafarch and Trearddur Bay. There are a few short sections of crag above a pebble and sand beach. Plus, there’s another small crag on the promontory between Lon Isallt Bay and Porth-y-post.
What I really liked about bouldering there was that the Bay was quiet, the landings were flat and I could just pick a bit of rock to climb about on. It was also relaxing and cool to climb straight off a beach.
On the downside, the crag at the back of the Bay has some loose rock that I had to watch out for. There was also a lot of Sea Ivory lichen on the upper sections of the crag at the back of the Bay and on the crag towards Porth-y-post. At times all these crunchy, brittle tufts made me feel like I was climbing on rock coated in Shredded Wheat and caused me to worry my feet might slip off the rock.
Despite the interesting flora, Lon Isallt Bay was a fun place to climb. I hope to go back, and if next year’s summer holiday takes me to the beach, I will definitely have to see if there is any bouldering nearby.
Lon Isallt Bay is the next cove with a beach southeast of Porth Dafarch and is just outside the town of Trearddur Bay. On my OS 1:25,000 map it’s named Porth y Corwgl.
The road between Porth Dafarch and Trearddur Bay runs close to Lon Isallt Bay, but it’s not that easy to see if you’re passing in a car. What is more obvious is a house called Moryn that sits alone above the Bay.
In a dip in the road near this house is a footpath to the Bay, but this was impassably overgrown when I was there. An easier alternative is to walk over to Lon Isallt Bay from Porth-y-post.
UKClimbing suggests parking at the bend in the road near Moryn, but to me this seems like a tight spot to park. The alternatives seem to be to park on the road at Porth-y-post or to park at Porth Dafarch. The walk from Porth-y-post is less than five minutes while the walk along the coastal path and then the road from Porth Dafarch is about fifteen to twenty minutes.