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


  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities

Nearest town



LL43 2BF

OS grid ref.

SH 5783 2106


Free car parking for 200 vehicles is available with disabled spaces.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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