Two weeks ago, after leaving work on Bank Holiday Saturday, Gemma and I made the quick dart home to shower and pack up the last of our luggage in the car, before we made the two hour'ish journey to Anglesey.
We love camping, and getting away for the weekend, but after a very intense work heavy summer (no staff to cover the Mondays we usually take off for our weekend, left us working 6 day weeks since June), we'd managed to get right through to the end of August without any camping trips happening in the year so far!
So, with the Bank Holiday forecast looking fine, as we are fair weather campers after all - like I am capable of putting up a tent and taking one down in the rain etc etc, I just don't want to, because the great outdoors is great to me in dry weather, and fairly shitty when it's relentlessly raining and you're under canvas for the weekend. I digress, the weather forecast looked OK, we had a three days stint off work with no worries, and after the most intense summer ever, a weekend away, in a tent, felt like EXACTLY what we needed.
[FYI, it turned out to be EXACTLY what I needed and I hadn't realised just how badly I needed a break until I had a few days away from work.]
WHERE WE USUALLY CAMP
Gemma and I have camped together in Anglesey every year since we've been together, as she spent 6 weeks in Rhosneigr each summer holiday as a child. She's a born and bred Cheshire kid, and all of Cheshire decant to North Wales and Anglesey to holiday close to home. Now, I'm a born and bred North Wales girl... so of course, I had never spent anytime on Anglesey or exploring in more depth the North Wales coast, because as a kid for me, we got out of the area, and camped in South Wales or Cornwall.
So, we always go to Rhosnigr, and use that as a camping base. It's a beautiful little town and it's really sweet how nostalgic it is for Gem.
This Bank Holiday though, as we'd not been anywhere all summer, I thought it would be good to try a new site on the island, because we all know that being some place new, makes it feel like we're there longer - it's the novelty factor.
A quick "good camping sites by the beach on anglesey" Google threw up many suggestions, but the Church Bay sight caught my eye.
What a beautiful little hamlet Church Bay is! I am so glad we tried out a new site!
After a very last minute, fingers crossed we'd get on the campsite moment, we snagged a space on the tiny Ty Newydd Church Bay Cottages campsite - this is the site in the tiny village which is about a four minute walk to the beach! In all honesty it's a very basic campsite, and it's fairly small, and the pitches were quite close... but the location is awesome, the showers were warm and free, the toilets were serviceable and there were other useful on site amenities, like a very cheap 'snacks' van for breakfast or simple dinner, and washing up facilities, and a communal fridge freezer.
Church Bay has the most phenomonal cliff edged beach, full of rock pool life, and a long sandy middle. The tide moves a lot on this beach. We came down on the first evening we arrived to eat a lovely picnic whilst drinking champers out of plastic glasses, and the tide was right out! However, on the Sunday, we sunbathed on the beach in the early afternoon and there was just a tiny slither of pebbly beach as the tide was so far in!
Now a great location campsite and a stellar beach is enough to keep me loving the decision of where we pitched up... but there is more this tiny hamlet has to offer. It's right on the coastal path so a good base for taking walks in either direction. And there is also not one, but two, awesome places to eat and drink.
The Wavecrest Cafe - cracking looking food, great drink selection, and local scrumpy. We only had a drink here, as we didn't need lunch either of the days we were near. It's a great location, right at the top of the beach ramp, and it was busy as!
And the other eatery in this hamlet, The Lobster Pot - I'll do a full post on this spectacular restaurant separately. In brief though, this place was literally across the road from our campsite. All the seafood, shellfish and lobster you can cram on a menu and a specialist gin menu. What a good find!
Church Bay is tiny, but still easy to get to. It has a banging beach, two great eateries, a cheap campsite and great access to the coastal path walks.
Being somewhere new totally let the novelty factor fly, and I'm so glad it did. My three nights here felt much longer, and I returned home so refreshed, and grateful to have had a few delightful days away from work and home!
Do you like camping? Hit me up your favourite locations and sites?