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Pensarn Beach

Orchids at Pensarn Beach
Orchids at Pensarn Beach

Grid Reference: SH 942786

This vegetated shingle ridge is backed by a narrow strip of fixed sand and shingle, supporting dune grassland. The site lies northwest of Abergele and is separated from the A55 and Chester to Holyhead railway by a small caravan park.

In 1977, part of the beach was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), in recognition of it being the best example of a vegetated shingle bank in the county and for its particularly rich flora.

Several plant species rare in North Wales, such as Sea kale, Ray’s knotgrass and Sea radish can be found on the shingle ridge. The Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) has a management plan available with details of plant and animal species recorded at this site. It also includes a list of operations likely to damage the special interest, for which CCW must first be consulted to give consent. At the main point of access, there is an interpretation panel about the importance of this shingle bank and illustrating some of the plant species to be found.

A pleasant stroll can be had along the promenade which is also suitable for wheelchair users. For a longer walk follow the North Wales Path which runs parallel to the beach and extends along the coast both to the east and west.

Alternatively bring a bike and make use of the cycle track which forms part of the North Wales Cycle Network running along the coast from Pensarn to Rhos on Sea.

Facilities situated along the promenade include toilets and a seasonal café.

For further information contact:

Lesley Lawson, Countryside Warden
Phone: 01492 575542
Email: lesley.lawson@conwy.gov.uk


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Published: 27/05/2010    Last updated: 24/01/2014
 
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