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Pen Llŷn a’r Sarnau SAC - a Very Special Area

The area of coast from the Llŷn peninsula down to just north of Aberystwyth has been designated a Special Area of Conservation.  This is due to the variety of underwater landscapes and the abundance of sea life, including basking sharks, dolphins and porpoises, leather back turtles, seals and lots more.  Find out more HERE.  Believe it or not the largest turtle in the World was washed up on the beach at Harlech in 1988.  It was almost 3m (9ft) in length.  They follow the jellyfish (a favourite food) across the Atlantic and are regularly seen further of the beach.  See details of this turtle HERE

The Coast, The Sea And The Beaches Near To Cadair View Lodge

Beaches Close To Cadair View Lodge Accommodation

Barmouth Beach

(about 23 minutes drive from Cadair View Lodge)

A picturesque seaside resort.  Backed by mountains and an old town.  Was once a busy slate port on the Mawwdach Estuary.  Large sandy beach, even when the tide is in.  Traditional seaside pastimes fun-fair, donkey rides, swing boats, fish and chips, bucket and spade shops, lifeboat station and a road train along the promenade (subject to season).  Click for more information about Barmouth beach

Black Rock Sands

(about 30 minutes drive from Cadair View Lodge)

Very large drive-on, sandy beach (fee payable for parking in season).  Be aware of incoming tide - lots of gullies and fast moving currents.  Good beach for body boarding.  Views across to Harlech and beyond.  Facilities are limited.  Take the turning by Original Factory Store in Porthmadog and follow road.  After the golf club take a left turn down to the beach.  Click for more information about Black Rock Sands

Criccieth Beaches

(about 30 minutes drive from Cadair View Lodge)

 Pebbled to west of castle and sandy to the east.  Small, quiet seaside town.  Several cafes and restaurants.  Great ice cream at Cadwaladers.  Castle.  Good beach fishing.  Lifeboat station.  Click for more information about Criccieth

Dyffryn Ardudwy

(about 30 minutes drive from Cadair View Lodge)

On the coast between Barmouth and Harlech.  Backed by caravan and camping parks which offer some facilities.  Can be busy during the summer months.

Part of this beach has been designated for use by naturists  

Fairbourne / Ffriog

(about 30 minutes drive from Cadair View Lodge)

Across the Mawwddach Estuary from Barmouth.  Much quieter than Barmouth.  Sandy beach when tide is out.  Ride the Fairbourne Railway down the beach and get the little ferry to Barmouth during the summer.  Click for more information about Fairbourne

Harlech

(about 30 minutes drive from Cadair View Lodge)

Gently sloping, sandy beach.  Offers safe, sheltered bathing.  Backed by sand-dunes which form part of a National Nature Reserved.  Accessed on foot across Royal St David's golf course and sand dunes  Car park and toilets but few other facilities Click for more information about Harlech

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Llandanwg

(about 30 minutes drive from Cadair View Lodge)

Gently sloping sandy, beach with rock pools to explore.  Backed by sand-dunes.  Accessed by short walk across sand dunes.  Also visit St Tanwg's Church, nestling in the dunes.  Founded in the early 5th Century services are still held there.  Car park, toilets, cafe Click for more information about Llandanwg

Shell Island

(about 30 minutes drive from Cadair View Lodge)

Miles of flat, sandy beaches and sand dunes.  Access via causeway which is underwater at high tide.  Fee payable for vehicles to enter Island.  Shells, rock pools and harbour.  Possible to walk across at low tide.  Take turning in the centre of Llanbedr.  REMEMBER TO CHECK THE TIDES! Click for more information about Shell Island

Talybont

(about 30 minutes drive from Cadair View Lodge)

 On the coast between Barmouth and Harlech.  Backed by caravan and camping parks which offer some facilities.  Can be busy during the summer months. Click for more information about Talybont

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