Afon Wen Beach

Afon Wen Beach - Gwynedd
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This beach is located on the south side of the Lleyn Peninsula, approximately mid-way between Criccieth Castle and Pwllheli.

The beach here is a mix of sand and shingle, and the quiet, rural beach curves around a bay and slopes gently into the water.  The Afon Wen (River Wen) and the Afon Dwyfor both enter the sea in the bay. 

There are a number of holiday parks and caravan sites in the area.  The beach is a popular spot for fishing, and is a good place to take bracing, coastal walks at any time of year.

To access the beach, take the A497 from Pwllheli, in a north-easterly direction.  About one mile after the Butlins Park, a small track leads to a railway bridge.  There is a limited amount of parking here, from which a track leads under the bridge towards the beach.

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

No dog restrictions.

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Nearest town



LL53 6TZ

OS grid ref.

SH 4460 3713


Park in Afon Wen and walk to the beach.

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