Find the nearest Seaside Award in Conwy
Seaside Award beaches in Conwy. Unlike the Blue Flag beach award, each country also has its own seaside award to signify a good standard of beach and facilities. The awards evaluate a beach on water quality, information displays, environmental management, safety and services.
Below we list the current Conwy beaches that hold a Seaside Award.
- Llanfairfechan beach is pebbles at the high water mark between the groynes, but then exposes large areas of sand as the tide goes out. The beach has some great views towards Puffin Island and the Great Orme. Backed by a large promenade the beach facilities include parking, toilets, food, shop, and slipway. About 1 mile along the coast to the west is Morfa Madryn, a mixture of wetland habitats on the shore of Traeth Lafan. A local authority-managed nature reserve of outstanding beauty and a favourite location for bird watchers.
- Llandudno West Shore beach is quieter than the North Shore beach and is on the River Conwy estuary below the Great Orme. The beach is sandy with a stony pebble foreshore. The West Shore is linked to the North Shore by Gloddaeth Avenue, a wide dual carriageway. The beach is backed by a promenade and as you are in the town so a wide selection of facilities are at hand.
- Rhos-on-Sea beach is at the west end of the long stretch of beaches within Colwyn Bay. The beach is mainly sand with rocks and boulders in various locations and includes a small picturesque harbour. Parking on the road by the beach, promenade has a wide selection of cafes, coffee bars, seaside kiosks and restaurants.
- Abergele and Pensarn lies between Rhyl to the east and Colwyn Bay to the West and is generally ignored due to the popularity of nearby Rhyl, Prestatyn, Colwyn Bay, Llandudno and Conwy. It has a northerly facing promenade, approximately 500 metres long. Popular for windsurfing, canoeing ans also good kitesurfing although not a beginner location due to obstacles in the water. Facilities include car parking, Shops and cafes. The Abergele Train Station is located just off the beach at Pensarn.
- Llandudno North Shore beach is a 2-mile curving beach of sand, shingle and rock, the beach stretches between the headlands of the Great Orme and the Little Orme. Llandudno North Shore beach has a wide Victorian promenade separated from the roadway by a small strip of garden. The road has a different name for each block and it is on these parades and crescents that many of Llandudno’s hotels are built. This gives Llandudno a unique aspect as the front has been protected and still looks like it must have looked in Victorian times. The beach area is divided into areas for swimmers, windsurfers/sailing and power boats. Endless choices of facilities as you are in the centre of Llandudno with car parking in any of the town car parks or pay and display on the road by the beach.
- Kinmel Bay is a fine, north-facing, sandy beach fronted on the landward side by a narrow promenade and sea wall along its entire length. Sand dunes local nature reserve fronts onto the landward side of the promenade. This beach is the northern part of a stretch including Abergele, Pensarn and Towyn. Popular kitesurfing location, when the tide goes out you get a flat lagoon. Facilities include car park, cafe and supermarket.