The pretty seaside town of Criccieth is best known for its much-photographed medieval castle. The castle, which stands sentinel on the bay headland, is well worth a visit. Besides the historical interest, there are fantastic views along the coast and across to the mountain ranges further in land.
There are two fine beaches here, situated on either side of the castle. The East Beach spreads eastwards from the bay beneath the castle all the way to the edge of Black Rock Sands, where some fine rock pools are exposed at low tide. The upper section of the beach consists mostly of pebbles but changes to sand closer to the low tide mark. The RNLI launch their lifeboat from the town end of the beach; you can sometimes see them doing test exercises, and if the weather is bad you might see them heading out for real!
The West Beach (aka: Marine Beach) can be found west of the castle headland. Here the best sand lies higher up the beach; closer to the low tide mark large rocks are revealed. The top of the beach underneath the headland is hemmed in by rock walls – you will sometimes see climbers traversing about here.
Criccieth has plenty of facilities, shops, pubs and an excellent ice cream parlour.
There are dog restrictions on both beaches between the 1st of April and 30th September.
Approach / parking:
There are car parking spaces to be found above both beaches, but at busy times parking is normally easier above the East Beach.