Penrhyn Bay: A Hidden Seaside Gem in North Wales

A few years ago, my husband announced that rumours of an international work transfer were brewing. Whispers continued for a further 6 months until one morning I received the auspicious message, “Start packing”. We had one month to prepare to relocate to the small coastal village of Penrhyn Bay.

Penrhyn Bay

I knew nothing about North Wales, and didn’t even know where we would be living until the day before we left. Happily, we discovered our new home wasn’t short on seaside views, quaint rural farmland & was only a short drive to Snowdonia National Park and the highest mountain in Wales, Mount Snowdon.

Penrhyn Bay isn’t a destination on the tourist trail, rather it’s a place to settle down. Largely inhabited by retirees, there’s a strong sense of community. Penrhyn Bay is perfect for enjoying the sea air and taking a seaside stroll. The pace is slow enough to stop for idle conversation with the neighbours on an afternoon walk. But if you’re seeking a bit more excitement there are many lively villages just a short drive away.

Those visiting North Wales on holiday, are more likely to base themselves in Llandudno or Conwy. But if you have a spare day there are some lovely nature walks on our side of the Orme.

Penrhyn Bay

Little Orme

Neighbouring Llandudno is book-ended by Great Orme and Little Orme. Penrhyn Bay begins on the other side of Little Orme and continues to Rhos-on-Sea, hugging the bay. Look for a hiking trail that starts on Penrhyn Close continuing over Little Orme to Angel beach. It’s nowhere near as popular as walks on Great Orme, but that’s the appeal. You’re more likely to be greeted by locals walking their dogs, than tourists. Park on Penrhyn Close, the gate to the trail is midway down the street.

Those visiting from August-September, can pick the wild blackberries growing at the beginning of the trail. September is also the time of year that seals bring their pups to Angel Beach and if you’re lucky you can catch glimpses of them well into December. It’s best to admire from afar so as not to frighten the little ones.

Seals angel beach Atlas Introspective

Penrhyn Bay Coastline

If seaside wandering is your thing, follow the coastal path all the way to Rhos-on-Sea. It takes just over an hour and you can treat yourself to an ice cream at the end. The seaside in North Wales is lovely (dare I say it) by UK standards, and very popular. However, when it comes to beaches it takes more than salt water to impress an Aussie. In saying that, it’s a rare treat to be near the ocean anywhere and not having to contend with crowds.

Little orme trail Atlas Introspective

Three months into our expat placement I’ve enjoyed numerous day trips around North Wales, a part of the world that is beginning to feel like a home away from home.

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Where is your favourite place to visit in North Wales?