Know before you go
Parking informationA car park at each end of the shingle ridge. The western car park may flood. at high tide
Walking the full length of the shingle ridge can be very strenuous and the steep shingle makes it unsuitable for prams and wheelchairs. Between late April and August visitors are asked to walk on the seaward side of the ridge to decrease disturbance to the tern colony. Alternatively easier walks are available around the adjacent headland.
Minor roads lead to car parks at the eastern and western end of the ridge. From here it is possible to walk along the shingle ridge; during the summer months visitors are directed to the seaward side of the ridge. The lagoon is visible from a minor road that skirts around the southern shore.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitSummer for breeding terns; winter for visiting wildlfowl and waders
About the reserve
Cemlyn is one of NWWT's star reserves and regarded by the Anglesey County Council as the "jewel in the crown" of its Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is valued for both its scenic qualities and its unique range of wildlife and is as popular with general visitors as it is with birdwatchers and naturalists. It includes a large lagoon, separated from the sea by a spectacular, naturally created shingle ridge. During the summer months it is home to one of the most important tern colonies in Wales, including Sandwich terns. Cemlyn offers some great winter bird watching opportunities but if you are heading out there bear in mind that approach roads may be subject to road closures. This is part of the plans to improve Nanner Road (the one that goes past the Jam Factory) and is linked to proposals for Wylfa Newydd Power Station.