Porth Swtan / Church Bay


Best at / for: sunset.

Best avoided: high summer and public holidays.

Parking: paid parking right alongside.

Access: a long ramp leads down to the beach, but it is steep.

Notes: very busy in peak periods.


Porth Swtan, or Church Bay as it’s also known, is a delightful west facing small beach in a cove backed by impressive cliffs. The landscape photographer has the choice of shooting on the beach or from the coastal path on the cliiff-top.

The beach offers every combination of smooth sand, rocks, cliffs and views across to Holyhead mountain to make the horizon more interesting. It is a great location for sunsets all year round.

The parking and access is easy. Which is part of its downfall as a landscape photography location. It can get extremely busy so you do need to choose your visits wisely. That said, even in the middle of summer you can capture sunset images without trippers in shot if you’re imaginative with your composition. And if you do want figures in the frame you can get some good silhouette images here.

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#063: Church Bay, Anglesey