The Afon (river) Llanfairfechan is barely 3 miles long, but its source is 2,000 feet above where it enters the sea at the resort of the same name which nestles in the shadow of the mightly Penmaenmawr mountain. Llanfairfechan's beach benefits from a wide strip of sand which is firm at low tide and which is a popular haunt for kitesurfers and windsurfers. The view from the seafront takes in the Great Orme, Puffin Island off Anglesey, the coast of Anglesey and Bangor, a view which is particularly lovely at sunset. There is a newly built jetty for small craft, and the Wales Coast Path and cycle path pass through here. The boating lake on the seafront is used by nesting swans as well as humans, and there are croquet and bowling facilities on the front as well. The resort truly marks the spot where Snowdonia meets the sea, and is a good base for exploring this majestic mountain range. For birding enthusiasts the Traeth Lafan Local Nature Reserve consists of a range of habitats including mudflats and shoreline habitats and in autumn and winter the sands here are home to the the largest population of moulting great crested grebes in Britain as well as a range of other species including cormorants and little egrets. Llanfairfechan was declared the finest village in North Wales in the 2009 Calor Village of the Year competition.
Map of the area.
|Photo by Nigel Homer, via Wikimedia Commons|