LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATION GUIDES:
Best at / for: Sunrise.
Best avoided: public holidays.
Parking: plenty of free parking adjacent to the beach.
Access: easy walk through the woods.
Notes: very pleasant location for a few hours exploration.
This location was one of the first in my occasional “off the beaten track” series. It’s a little gem of a place with many subjects of interest to the landscape photographer, who may pass through here on their way to the Trwyn Du lighthouse at Penmon, without even realising it!
Aberlleiniog has nothing to distinguish it as a village – it’s more of an “area” close to the village of Llangoed on the eastern peninsular of Anglesey. It has plenty of free parking right on the sea front so access is very easy and it’s a good location if you have mobility issues. The coastal views are across a rocky beach overlooking the Carneddau range of mountains across the Menai Strait, as well as the view towards Conwy and the Great Orme. The eastern aspect lends itself to sunsets all year round.
A small stream crosses the beach, which combined with its accessibility, the backdrop and sunrise aspects, does make for a very interesting early morning photography outing.
Moving inland from the beach you can follow the stream as it winds alongside a flat, well-defined path, through lovely deciduous woodland. This also offers many further photographic subjects and, of course, springtime bluebells and autumn colours.
Just a 10 to 15 minute walk inland brings you to the ruins of Castell Aberlleiniog. This is an interesting little brother to the classic castle at Beaumaris, but it is very well preserved, accessible and well worth a visit. Being hidden in the woodland, makes for interesting compositions and wide views from its elevated position.
This is a highly recommended location to visitors who have bagged the iconic Anglesey shots and still want more.