70) Newborough Warren / Tywyn Niwbwrch, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Holyhead, Wales, LL61RS.
Newborough Warren is one of the largest and finest dune systems in Britain.
The dunes, coastal marshes, sandy and rocky shores have been shaped over thousands of years by the wind and sea and are home to a dazzling array of plants and animals.
Newborough Warren and Ynys Llanddwyn was declared the first coastal National Nature Reserve in Wales in 1955.
The Corsican pine trees that make up Newborough Forest were planted between 1947 and 1965 to provide timber and to stabilise the shifting sand dunes.
Today it is a popular area for recreation and home to wildlife, especially red squirrels.
The Cefni Estuary and the pools behind the Pen Cob embankment are a sanctuary for birds and other wildlife and there are views across the estuary over an expanse of coastal marsh, open sand and sea.
As such there are many area's a disabled person using mobility equipment can venture - that said we were a little disappointed as we hoped we would be able to explore more of the reserve. People on foot are well catered for, you can walk and access beautiful and wilder places - but for those like I on wheels ,the reserve offers a tantalising glimpse of wilder places but you can't reach them. If your happy to explore places and do ;tittle sections off road - do sections on the fire track and road then there is a lot to see. As the location is next to the sand dunes - and much of the forrest is on sand / soil then you may as we found be unable to venture on all of the routes - wind shifts the sand which is a real problem for progress if your using mobility equipment.
We parked at the main carpark, a large carpark with ample and free blue badge parking. The route we did was a mile in length - you could do more but as mentioned earlier we wanted to link up to the other car park - explore the path adjacent to the dunes and see more of the forrest.
Tarmac, road, small sections of wooden boardwalk, single track trail , some of firmer ground - but often patches of loose sand.
There are a few small hills and again we found these were frequented with sections of deep loose sand.
The accessible information is rather lacking at the reserve -so do read up about the site on the web address given below.
Facilities on site:
Parking, toilets inc a disabled toilet. Dogs are permitted everywhere, water bowl / drinks bottle filling station.
What might you see?:
Red Squirrel - apparently over a hundred live around the reserve - so do look for them.
If you have a very capable off road mobility device you may well be able to explore much more than we were able.