Llanbedrog beach huts are back!
This week marks the return of the National Trust’s pretty beach huts to Llanbedrog beach. Llanbedrog’s white sandy beach, surrounded by lush trees and protected by the headland, is breath-taking at all times of year. In the summer, the colourful beach huts line the sand enhancing the natural beauty of the bay and signalling the start of summer.
In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic kept the beach huts away and even when families and friends were once again allowed to meet on the sand and play in the water, there was a sense that something was missing. Over the coming week, the National Trust is working hard to get all the beach huts from the top car park onto the beach. At the weekend, tenants will eagerly collect their keys and settle themselves in for another season of Welsh beach hut life.
Local beach hut history
Beach huts and bathing machines have been popular in the UK since Victorian times, initially used by the wealthy to hide their modesty as they headed to the seaside for pleasure and the medicinal benefits of the coastal air. In Abersoch, mobile ‘bathing machines’ appeared at the turn of the century and were replaced by static beach huts in the 1920’s.
As post-war seaside tourism boomed, and with a tramway linking Pwllheli and Llanbedrog, Llanbedrog became a popular holiday destination and people flocked to the beach. Tents had been initially erected on Llanbedrog beach for hire, offering privacy and protection from the sun, and rain! Beach huts soon replaced the tents. The beach huts were similar to today’s design, in the same location and remained available for hire for decades. In 2006, the National Trust took ownership of Llanbedrog beach and car park, making significant improvements and introducing the pretty beach huts of today.
Local beach huts today
After 100 years beach huts remain as popular as ever and have become an aspirational accessory to modern British beach living. In Abersoch, beach huts regularly sell for over £150k, but in Llanbedrog you can sample beach hut life for a more affordable £400 per season.
So, whether you get the chance to own or rent a beach hut, or simply enjoy seeing them adorn our local beaches remember, they are not only something to appreciate today but also a key part of the history of our local area and an asset for future generations to enjoy.