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We spent Early May Bank Holiday at Dafarn Rhos campsite on Anglesey. A well maintained family-friendly site with direct access to the beach. It’s conveniently located quite close to where you’ll arrive from the mainland but well placed for exploring the island. Read on to find out more about the campsite and our recommendations for places to visit.

You could spend your entire stay at Dafarn Rhos by taking the short walk to the beach every day and whiling away the hours on the large expanse of sandy beach. There’s a gate at one end of the site which you can open with the keyfob provided when you check-in (and hand over the £20 returnable key deposit). The gate brings you to the entrance of a small car park at Lligwy Beach Café and a path cuts through the dunes to a large beach. We didn’t try the café but there seemed to be a packed programme of events over the summer – on one afternoon there was a barbecue, live music, and bar as we passed. Or, you could explore the headland walks with great views out to sea. Or walk to the nearby village of Moelfre and check out the local cafés, ice cream parlour and lifeboat station.  We spent a day at the beach hunting for shells and paddling in the sea in our inflatable kayak, and a morning in Moelfre where we visited the lifeboat station and the ice cream parlour. There’s plenty to do here without needing to travel far from the campsite. But, as this was our first stay on Anglesey we also wanted to explore what else was on offer so we made the trip to South Stack Lighthouse at the far West of Anglesey (about a 45 minute drive from the campsite). The landscape at South Stack is hugely impressive with the lighthouse built on a small outcrop of rock and to get to it you climb down 400 steps carved into the cliff face. During our stay almost all of Anglesey was bathed in beautiful hot sunshine, but at South Stack the skies were grey and the wind fierce. We got half-way down the steps and almost turned back! As long as you’re comfortable with heights this is definitely worth a visit though.

When we arrived at the campsite and reported to reception we were given a friendly welcome, shown to our pitch in person and told where we could set up. Don’t forget the £20 cash deposit for a keyfob for the gate though! The site takes cards in payment for your pitch but the key deposit has to be cash. Reception also sells milk and other essentials, but during the day we found it was often closed as the staff were out working on the site, despite advertised opening hours.

We witnessed two other families arriving with caravans as we were setting up and both struggled to position their caravan in the pitch without their car sliding on the grass. The staff were very strict about not allowing the cars to keep trying for fear of churning up the grass (no doubt learned through experience). In both cases they radioed for someone to bring out the tractor to position the caravan. Very efficient!

The campsite itself is split over several large fields – a format we prefer as although it’s a large site, it never feels too big because each field is no more than maybe 30 pitches. The fields are all on a slight incline but not enough to cause any issues. Each pitch is marked and there’s plenty of space between them. All of the fields seemed to have the same format of pitches around the edge with open space in the middle where the children could play.

There are two toilet and shower blocks at the campsite, an older one next to the reception area, and a newly built facility at one end of the site (furthest from the beach entrance). The new block provides a very high standard of facilities for a campsite, but there just isn’t enough for a site of this size. There were regularly people standing outside waiting for a shower to become available.

On our way home we stopped at Beaumaris Castle before leaving Anglesey. The castle itself is worth a visit for a walk around the walls but won’t occupy the family for very long (and there are no toilets – the nearest ones are public toilets just around the corner which you have to pay for. Not ideal when your 3-year-old announces that he needs a wee!). Beaumaris is a lovely town right on the edge of the water with some very nice delis and cafés.

The location of the Dafarn Rhos campsite is what makes it so special. The views of the beach and out to sea as you walk back to your pitch are spectacular and being able to get to the beach directly from the site is a real bonus. The campsite itself sets a high standard, but wouldn’t stand out from any other site were it not for the location – and that’s exactly what will get us going back to Anglesey for a repeat visit.

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Dafarn Rhos, Lligwy Beach, Moelfre, Anglesey3.82018-06-04T13:11:39+00:00Tom