Clarach Beach

Clarach Bay is a sheltered sand and shingle beach about one mile north of Aberystwyth.  The natural cove is flanked by steep cliffs and is backed by a holiday village and caravan park. The clean beach is used by bathers, watersport enthusiasts and walkers.  There are lovely views of the bay and there is a possibility of spotting seals, porpoises or dolphins out in the surf.

The south side of the beach is the side closest to Aberystwyth, and it is possible to walk from here to the town via a scenic cliff-top walk, over Constitution Hill.  This route offers stunning views over Ceredigion Bay.  Alternatively, a longer inland footpath can be taken, via Llangorwen. This route, which passes through a nature reserve, is longer, but just as beautiful. 

There is a car park, toilets and a small shop by the beach.  Nearby Aberystwyth has the ruins of a 13th century castle, as well as plenty of shops and places to eat and drink.

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are not allowed on the beach between 1st May and 30th September

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing
  • Wind surfing


  • First aid point

Nearest town



SY23 3DL

OS grid ref.

SN 5868 8366


parking available next to the beach.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Clarach Beach Reviews


Jun 08th 2021

Fantastic spot! Swim or canoe here, walk along the coast, bike up the valley…

Oct 03rd 2020

Totally agree with you. The seaweed could be removed in one day making better access to the sea for swimming

Needs some TLC

Aug 07th 2019

This beach could be beautiful if somebody used a little time and money to give it a facelift. Some of the walls and fences across the back of the beach are in desperate need of attention. It detracts from what could be a stunning location.

What did we get wrong?