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'Most Instagrammable hidden beach' is a derelict Victorian brickworks

Aug 24, 2023Aug 24, 2023

Two years ago the derelict Victorian brickworks of Porth Wen and the neighbouring beach barely warranted a mention on Instagram - and now beachgoers camp overnight to be the first to it

Beachgoers are camping overnight to the first at this stunning hidden gem on the Welsh coast.

Just two years ago, the abandoned Victorian brickworks of Porth Wen and its neighbouring beach were barely a blip on Instagram's radar. Fast forward to today, and this site has become a hot spot for those in the know. Some adventurous souls even wild camp overnight to savour the serene beauty of the place all to themselves at dawn.

The once-overlooked location has now earned the title of the "most Instagrammable hidden beach" in Wales. The main Traeth Porth Wen beach, located south of the brickworks, offers extreme seclusion due to its challenging access. A smaller pebbled stretch lies adjacent to the ruined buildings, attracting anglers, rock pool explorers, and watersports enthusiasts.

Nestled in the cove at the front of the brickworks is the old harbour; its sheltered waters make it an ideal swimming spot. It also serves as a popular pit stop for sea kayakers navigating the rugged coast of Anglesey, WalesOnline reports.

For many, the allure lies not just in the natural beauty but also in the site's towering chimneys, circular kilns, and eerie rusting machinery all set against breathtaking coastal vistas. The area is also a haven for wildlife, with frequent sightings of seals, birds, and if you're fortunate, pods of dolphins.

In a tale of industrial evolution, Porth Wen, once a bustling producer of fire bricks essential for lining Britain's steel-making furnaces, fell silent in the wake of new brick-making techniques and the treacherous sailing conditions around Anglesey's coast. The site expanded well into the early 20th century before being abandoned in 1949.

Today, Porth Wen Brickworks stands largely as it was left, a rare and spectacular testament to history near Llanbadrig. However, visitors should note that this intriguing relic is situated on private land and should be viewed from the safety of the Anglesey Coastal Path. Any access is strictly at one's own risk.

Reaching the site can be achieved via the coastal path or by parking, though spaces are limited down the country lane towards Torllwyn. Convenient laybys are available on the A5025 near the Torllwyn turn, from which it's a brisk 20-minute walk to the site.

Meanwhile, Instagrammers have been flocking to another "beach" - Porth Iago, nestled on the northern coast of the Llyn Peninsula. Sheltered by twin headlands, this beach sits beneath an eight-acre campsite and boasts turquoise waters, breathtaking sunsets, and starlit nights.

Once a hidden gem, Porth Iago's popularity has skyrocketed in recent years, leading to reports of day-trippers being turned away due to insufficient parking and the necessity for pre-booking. Despite these challenges, its natural beauty continues to draw crowds.

In a surprising revelation, Porth Iago has been dubbed as the "hidden" gem of Wales due to its unique location nestled amidst cliffs, steep banks and headlands. This secluded spot remains an undiscovered treasure until one stumbles upon it unexpectedly.

This distinctive characteristic has earned Porth Iago the second rank in Wales and an impressive 11th position in the UK, according to a list compiled by Betfair Casino. The ranking highlights the allure of this hidden paradise, tucked away from the hustle and bustle, waiting to be discovered.

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