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Dyffryn (Llanendwyn) Beach (Morfa Dyffryn, Dyffryn Ardudwy)

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Dyffryn (Llanendwyn) Beach - Gwynedd

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Dyffryn Beach is situated on the coastline of the scenic Cardigan Bay and is well known in the area for its fine sand dunes. The dune system around the beach is actually part of a wider National Nature Reserve and you will need to apply for a permit from the Countryside Council for Wales if you want to explore them. When it comes to the beach itself, it has a good claim to being one of the most beautiful beaches in Wales.

The central part of Morfa Dyffryn, as it is known in Welsh, stretches for miles and sand dunes rise behind the beach coupled with vast expanses of scrubland. The sands of Morfa Dyffryn are clean and soft and extend into the sea at a gentle slope so that you can easily swim here, even if you have children as there are no sudden ledges to avoid.

Behind the beach you will also be able to take in views over majestic Snowdonia as well as the mighty Rhinog Mountains. As you look out across the sea you will find Tremadog Bay and the wider Llyn Peninsula. And if you're lucky you might catch a glimpse of the local dolphins.

The beach here is perhaps best known as an officially recognised naturist beach. The nudist section of the beach is separate from the main area but still stretches for around a mile. Dyffryn Beach has been used as a naturist beach since the 1920s although in recent years clear signage has been added to make clear where this area begins and ends. It is usually used by a mixture of visitors including families, but it is worth noting the naturist area is around 30 minutes walk from the nearest car park.

To get to the beach there is a new boardwalk that stretches from the Snowdonia National Car Park through the dunes which offers disabled access. You should note however that it is a rather long walk although it is mostly flat.

Also known as:

Morfa Dyffryn, Dyffryn Ardudwy

Type of beach

Sandy

Lifeguard service

No

Dogs friendly beach?

Restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

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Activities

  • Swimming/bathing

Facilities

Nudist/naturist beach

Yes

Nearest town

Barmouth/Abermaw

Postcode

LL44 2HD

OS grid ref.

SH 5676 2280

Water quality

Water quality star rating

Awards

Marine Conservation Society Recommended