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Bracing Beach Walks in Snowdonia

Posted On: Mon 13 Feb 2017 Posted In: Things To Do Walks Posted By:

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Along our stunning Welsh coast are hundreds of beautiful beaches – some are wide and long, stretching as far as the eye can see, and others are hidden among the crags and coves of the shoreline. Some are easy to reach, while others take a little more determination to find. Some beaches are scattered with rocks and pebbles, and some are lined with golden sand.

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We think that every one of our lovely beaches is worth celebrating, so today’s blog is a celebration of some of the best bracing beach walks in Snowdonia. The fresh coastal breezes can leave you feeling refreshed and energised, and you’ll be able to explore some of the region’s finest coastal regions whilst you’re at it. What are you waiting for? Here’s our guide to the best bracing beach walks in Snowdonia…..

  • Shell Island Beach – thousands and thousands of shells wash up here every year from a nearby reef, which is how it gets its name. The headland here is perfect for a bracing beach walk – especially on a windy day! And the views across the bay and Snowdonia are simply stunning. The land around the beach is privately owned (and home to one of the largest campsites in Europe) but there is public access to this lovely beach.
  • Harlech Beach – another glroiously long stretch of golden sands, all framed by the backdrop of the historic Harlech Castle.
  • Barmouth – one of the most impressive, and popular beaches of Snowdonia, Barmouth is home to a stunnign Blue Flag stretch of sand. It’s position on the edge of the Mawddach Estuary means it has incredible views of the foothills of Cadair Idris and the enormous beach means there’s plenty of room for everyone! And it’s close to the facilities and family activities of Barmouth town too.
  • Borth-y-Gest and Black Rock – not strictly in Snowdonia, but right on the edge, and these beaches are so lovely, it seems wrong to leave them off the list! There is a stunning walk that takes in many of the beaches and coves of Borth-y-Gest as well as the golden sands of Black Rock. Find out more here
  • Dyffryn Ardudwy Beach – a beautiful and long golden beach with stunning views of the Snowdonia hills and mountains beyond. Just watch you don’t stray into the nudist section of the beach – unless you’re a nudist that is!
  • Aberdyfi – another beautiful beach set in a dramatic estuary – this time, where the River Dyfi tumbles into the sea. Look out for the lovely donkeys on this beach, they are well worth a visit!
  • Tywyn Beach – Tywyn beach is close to all the facilities in Tywyn town so is great for a family day out. It’s a Blue Flag beach, which means it’s one of the best in the country. It’s also a wonderful place to spot the resident bottle-nose dolphins.
  • Llyn Peninsula – again, the beaches of the Llyn aren’t strictly within the boundaries of Snowdonia National Park but they are too beautiful to miss! The beaches at Criccieth, Pwllheli, Abersoch, Nefyn and Aberdaron are well worth exploring. The fierce winds from the Irish Sea will soon blow away those winter cobwebs!!

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Bracing Beach Walks in Snowdonia
Discover some of Snowdonia's most beautiful beaches with our guide to the best bracing beach walks.