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Lovely beaches at Aberdyfi, Fairbourne, Friog and further beyond at Barmouth, Harlech, Pwllheli. The nearest beach is Friog / Fairbourne (one long stretch of sand) and also our favourite beach! It is exceptionally quiet with stunning views all around.
Barmouth is southern Snowdonia's most popular seaside resort. The town's beach, Abermaw, is west facing with a mixture of sand and some fine shingle and is ideal for bathing and watersports. There are some breathtaking views of Cardigan Bay and the picturesque harbour. The town can get busy, a land train runs along the promenade and there are traditional donkey rides, swing boats and amusement arcades, but the beach itself is vast and easily big enough to get away from it all. There is good disabled access to the beach and all leisure amenities, including a full range of shops, cafes and pubs are within a short distance of the beach.
Fairbourne beach lies on the North Wales coastline on the southern side of the Mawddach Estuary. At high tide the beach is mainly composed of sloping pebbled banks backed by grassy dunes but when the tide is out a two mile stretch of golden sand is exposed.
From the beach there are lovely views out into the Irish Sea contrasting beautifully with the Snowdonia Mountains inland.
A narrow gauge heritage miniature railway operates here during the summer season and this links to a passenger ferry which takes day trippers across the estuary to Barmouth. The west-facing side of the beach can be popular with surfers when the conditions are right.
Harlech Beach provides a four-mile stretch of pristine golden sand, with stunning views of the Snowdonia mountain range. The beach is backed by grassy dunes.
The Morfa Harlech National Nature Reserve at the north end of the beach is Wales’s only growing dune system and provides a good example of the effects of longshore drift. To the south lies Shell Island, a promontory which, as the name suggests has an abundance of shells.
During the summer months leatherback turtles migrate from warmer climes to feed off jellyfish in the waters off this part of the coast. In 1988 a record-breaking 916kg leatherback was washed up here after becoming tangled in fishing equipment.
Aberdyfi is a long, unspoilt, sandy beach stretching for over 3 miles from the mouth of the River Dyfi (also known as the River Dovey) in the south, opposite the village of Aberdyfi, up towards Tywyn to the north.
This is the place where the Welsh mountains meet the coastline, within Snowdonia National Park, rewarding visitors with a vista of beautiful natural scenery. The beach is backed by some sand dunes and the Aberdovey Golf Club, which offers excellent views of the surrounding coastline.
Walking is a popular pastime in the area, both on the beach and in the surrounding mountains. Sailing and windsurfing are also popular here, and yachting races are sometimes held in the summer months, although swimmers must be aware that there are strong currents in the area due to the outflow of the Dyfi.
Pwllheli is the unofficial capital of the Lleyn Peninsula, with two beaches and an attractive seafront promenade.
South Beach is a shingle beach that stretches from Gimblet Rock along the promenade and around towards Llanbedrog.
Glan-y-Mor is located at the back of the marina, starting off a little muddy around the harbour, but soon becoming sandy and running for three miles all the way to the Penychain headland.
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Y Friog is a small village in North Wales, near Fairbourne. Its lake and beach are a tourist attraction to over 1,000 visitors a year. Y Friog is notable for a rockfall-prone section of railway track, scene of two fatal accidents on the Aberystwith and Welsh Coast Railway line.
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