The Wirral (Cheshire)The Wirral lies in the county of Cheshire, and is a relatively flat sandstone peninsula sandwiched between the Dee and Mersey rivers. Its beaches are sandy, and at low water the tide can retreat over a mile. Lifeguards patrol the main beaches during the summer. The most popular beach is New Brighton, at the top right corner.
The Northern CoastComprising the counties of Denbighshire, Conwy and Flintshire, the northern coast of Wales is largely built up, with a string of resort towns. The beaches tend to be long, sandy and relatively featureless, save for a few wooden groynes and there is little shelter from any wind. The main A55 and rail line to Holyhead run along the coastal fringe close to the beaches, providing easy access. Rhyl and Prestatyn are the only beaches in the northern half of Wales (i.e. north of the Dyfi river) to provide a lifeguard service. The estuary of the Dee marks the border with Cheshire and the Wirral Peninsula.
AngleseyThe island of Anglesey lies across the Menai Strait from mainland Wales, and is not particularly hilly or mountainous, but rarely flat. It's superbly picturesque; the countryside is dotted with small outcrops of rock which are clad with brilliant yellow gorse flowers in spring. The cottages and bungalows which also dot the landscape are usually white-washed with immaculate gardens. There's little heavy traffic, roads and footpaths are well-maintained and it's a good choice for cycling, walking, wildlife and photography. The main sandy beaches are to the south-east, whilst the north-western half of the island has numerous tiny coves. At the end of the A55, Holyhead has a mainline rail station and a terminal for the Irish ferries. The main beaches have Beach Wardens during the summer, but no lifeguards.