Tal-y-bont Beach (Benar)

Tal-y-bont Beach - Gwynedd
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Tal-y-Bont Beach lies between the town of Barmouth and the relative wilderness of Morfa Dyffryn beach. Tal-y-Bont, or Benar Beach as it is locally known, is a pristine sandy beach backed by sand dunes and a couple of caravan parks.

The dunes here make up a section of the system that extends beyond Morfa Dyffryn which have been designated as a spot of Special Scientific Interest as they are known for being one of the most adaptable ecosystems in the UK. The dunes are also home to a variety of animal and plant life and if you like wild flowers then you will be able to spot orchids and sharp sea rush. Bird watchers are also in for a treat as the dunes house a range of species such as the ringed plover and inquisitive cormorants.

As you relax or take a stroll on the soft sands here you will be afforded views along the Gwynedd coast both to the north and south. Fishing is popular here as the waters around Tal-y-Bont are teeming with various species including plaice, flounders, bass, and dogfish.
Tal-y-Bont beach is also good spot for surfing when the conditions are right. 

To get to the beach you can either walk from the scenic village of Tal-y-Bont, with its railway station, or cycle via the National Cycle Route 8 that runs close by.

Also known as:


Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are banned from the beach from April until September. dog bins are provided.

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  • Good fishing
  • Jet-skiing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing
  • Wind surfing


  • Disabled facilities

Nearest town



LL43 2BF

OS grid ref.

SH 5783 2106

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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