The Beach Guide

Barmouth Beach (Abermaw)

Barmouth Beach - Gwynedd

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Barmouth Beach sits on the idyllic west coast of North Wales and is nestled between craggy mountains and the often crashing sea. The beach is located in Snowdonia National Park and has a harbour area crossed by the impressive Barmouth Bridge which marks the beginning of the Mawddach Estuary. As you would expect, you can go fishing here as well as take a trip around the estuary by boat. Barmouth Beach is also known for being the most popular beach in all of the southern Snowdonia area.

The beach itself is a large expanse of sand that is a favourite spot with beachgoers and there are often large waves here which are perfect for surfing. The size of the beach means that even if it is busy in the summer months it never feels crowded.

The little town of Barmouth manages to retain much of its traditional seaside charm with pursuits such as donkey rides, swing boats, and amusement arcades all on offer. In keeping there is a pleasant promenade skirts Barmouth Beach and during the summer months a land train runs along it. Old fashioned seaside pursuits such as donkey rides, swing boats, and amusement arcades are also popular at this beach.

All the amenities you could need for a day out are within an easy walk of the beach with a few shops, restaurants, pubs, and cafes to choose from. There is also good disabled access here and the beach is easy to visit using public transport in the local area.

Those who like bird watching will be delighted by the range of species in the area and at sunset the views from Barmouth Beach are spectacular.

Barmouth is also famous for being the starting post for the Barmouth to Fort William Three Peaks Yacht Race.

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    LL42 1NE

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    SH 6092 1587

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