The Dwyryd Estuary offers a good introductory paddle in the north-east corner of Cardigan Bay. The crags at Tremadog and the hills of southern Snowdonia beyond make the perfect backdrop to a scenic day on the water.
The start and finish at Borth-y-Gest has convenient parking and easy access to the water. The Dwyryd can be paddled to its tidal limit at Maentwrog, passing the ornate village of Portmeirion and the slate quays from a long gone industrial past, before entering the steep-sided Vale of Ffestiniog. A hasty return will be necessary so as not to become beached on sandbanks. This estuary, like so many others, begins to dry quickly, even in the early stages of the ebb. There should be a tide of at least 8.5m at Liverpool to make this trip worthwhile.