Barmouth / Abermaw | ©Crown copyright (2014) Visit Wales



Barmouth is a charming seaside town which sits on the north side of the estuary where the Mawddach River spills into Cardigan Bay. It has an attractive harbour and extensive beach running northwards. There is a large area of open sand, hemmed in at either end by sand dunes.

The beach is popular with families and can get quite busy during the summer months. At low tide a series of sand bars are revealed – care should be taken to not get stranded on these on an incoming tide. Another potential hazard is the fast currents which occur close to the estuary.
Further north the beach consists of shingle bank in its upper reaches but good sand is revealed as the tide goes out. This section of the beach is usually quieter.
Good surfing conditions do occur here but there are some dangerous rips.
As you would expect in a busy tourist resort, Barmouth has all manner of facilities on hand, including shops, cafes, bars and amusement arcades. During the summer a funfair is open too. Deck chairs can be hired and there is a slipway onto the beach.

Between the 1st of April and 30th September a section of the beach north of the harbour area is designated as a dog exclusion zone.

Approach / parking:

There is a large amount of car parking space adjacent to the beach.

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