Aberdyfi Beach (Aberdovey)

Aberdyfi is a long, unspoilt, sandy beach stretching for over 3 miles from the mouth of the River Dyfi (also known as the River Dovey) in the south, opposite the village of Aberdyfi, up towards Tywyn to the north. 

This is the place where the Welsh mountains meet the coastline, within Snowdonia National Park, rewarding visitors with a vista of beautiful natural scenery. The beach is backed by some sand dunes and the Aberdovey Golf Club, which offers excellent views of the surrounding coastline.

Walking is a popular pastime in the area, both on the beach and in the surrounding mountains. Sailing and windsurfing are also popular here, and yachting races are sometimes held in the summer months, although swimmers must be aware that there are strong currents in the area due to the outflow of the Dyfi.

A large pay-for car park can be found in Aberdyfi, next to the tourist information centre, and from here there is direct access onto the beach via a ramp or a short flight of stairs. Public toilets can be found at the tourist information centre, with further facilities such as shops, cafes, and restaurants located along Terrace Road, adjacent to the beach.

The town has a railway station (Aberdovey) located next to the golf course and holiday park, a short walk from the beach, with regular services along the Cambrian Coast Line, and occasional services as far as Birmingham.

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Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are not allowed on the area of beach in front of the car park between 1st April and 30th September. The rest of the beach from the dunes on is dog friendly all year.

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  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wind surfing


  • Pier

Nearest town



LL35 0RT

OS grid ref.

SN 6112 9583


Parking is available.

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