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Beaches in Snowdonia, Harlech Beach

Beaches in Snowdonia

Our log cabin holiday accommodation is close to many sandy beaches in Snowdonia, including those at Barmouth, Fairbourne, Dyffryn Ardudwy, Talybont, Shell Island, Llandanwg, Harlech and Black Rock Sands. Dogs are allowed access to walk along the majority of them, but there are sections with dog exclusion zones.

Barmouth & Fairbourne Beaches

Barmouth beach is about 20-30 mins by car and is very large and sandy and never seems to get overcrowded. It has gained Blue Flag status and the Seaside Award and has a fun-fair, donkey rides and the normal seaside shops and cafes. There is also a harbour at the mouth of the Mawddach Estuary where fishing, sight seeing and estuary trips start from.

Fairbourne is across the estuary from Barmouth and is much quieter, but is only sandy when the tide is out. It has the Green Coast Award and the Seaside Award. 

Harlech Beach & beyond

Harlech beach is about 20 mins away and has a large sandy beach offering sheltered swimming and beautiful sand-dunes. Access is along a short path (400m) from the nearby car park and there is a shop and cafe within walking distance too. It has been awarded the Green Coast and Seaside Awards and is overlooked by Harlech Castle and the Royal St Davids Golf Course.

Between Harlech and Barmouth are sandy beaches at Dyffryn Ardudwy, Talybont, Shell Island and Llandanwg. Llandanwg Beach is much smaller than Harlech and Barmouth, but it has Green Coast and Seaside Awards and is famous for its church, St Tanwg’s, founded in the fifth century and lying in the sand dunes.  It’s popular with fishermen and there is a small cafe at the car park which is open in high season. Shell Island is accessible by a low-tide causeway and has great beaches, dunes and an huge variety of shells.

Black Rock Sands

Black Rock Sands in Morfa Bychan, near Porthmadog, is about 20-30mins drive & is a very large drive-on sandy beach with good views across to Harlech and the Rhinog mountains. Just a short walk from Black Rock Sands towards Porthmadog there are many smaller bays like Samson's Bay, also pictured here. 

Further afield are numerous coves and bays on the Llyn Peninsula, many of which are sandy. 

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Harlech and Barmouth Beach Images © Crown copyright Visit Wales

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