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Clarach Beach

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Clarach Beach - Dyfed

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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 restricted.

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


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities
  • First aid point

Nearest town



SY23 3DL

OS grid ref.

SN 5868 8366

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended