Tanybwlch Beach (Penparcau)

Tanybwlch Beach lies just outside the town of Aberystwyth and sits in the shadow of the towering Pen Dinas which is the site of a Celtic hill fort that dates from the Iron Age. Pen Dinas is home to a memorial in the form of an upturned cannon which marks the victory of Wellington in the Battle of Waterloo from 1815.

The area which includes Pen Dinas and Tanybwlch were designated as a nature reserve in 1999. It is well worth the climb to the summit of the fort to get an aerial view of the beach as well as vistas that stretch out over the sea.

The beach itself is made up largely of coarse sand and shingle. Located just to the south of the wider Aberystwyth Harbour, Tanybwlch lies across the River Ystwyth with its picturesque valley beyond.

Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round and although you can enjoy bracing walks here swimming is not recommended as the seas can be rough. You can however enjoy exploring the rock pools and the stunning scenery.

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Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round

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Nearest town



SY23 1BU

OS grid ref.

SN 5793 8012


Parking available

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