Afon Wen BeachPwllheli, Llŷn Peninsula
Afon Wen is beautiful wide, sandy beach located halfway between Pwllheli and Criccieth with rolling dunes, a small river estuary and grassy banks.
The beach at Afon Wen is something of a hidden gem on the southern coast of the stunning Llyn Peninsula. The shallow gradient makes it safe for swimming and the small river estuary offers great fun for little ones.
The beach backs onto the Hafan y Mor Park, however many of the park's visitors tend to stay in the park grounds, as a result, the beach at Afon Wen is rarely busy even in the height of summer. The sheltered nature of the beach, backed by boulder clay and some beach defences make a great spot to spend the day as a family.
It is easy to find, however, there are no facilities on the beach itself. There is a lovely little local riding centre at Afon Wen Farm who operate beach rides for all ages. They have a gorgeous tiny Shetland that is suitable for 2-year-olds so the whole family can take part. The beach rides are for half an hour or an hour and you don’t have to go on the road at all. Cantering through the surf is a great feeling!
- Minutes away from the towns of Pwllheli and Criccieth.
- The beach is great for a quiet family day out.
- The views are incredible and take in Harlech Castle down the coast and around to St Tudwal’s Islands off Abersoch.
- There is a great little riding centre on the beach, with a size of pony or horse to suit the whole family!
- There are no facilities on the beach so take a picnic or BBQ with you.
Sand and shingle.
There are no public facilities on the beach itself, however, the Hafan y Mor Holiday Park backs on to the beach. You may enter the park as a day visitor and have full use of the park facilities. The nearby Afon Wen Farm has toilets with disabled access if you are thinking of horse riding on the beach.
Parking is in a lane next to the railway bridge. It is free to park and from here there is a 150m walk to the beach. Alternatively, you can park in Hafan y Mor if you pay the entry for the day and access the beach from there. The same applies to Afon Wen Wen Farm.
If you are parking by the railway bridge, the path down to the beach is tarmacked and so access with a pushchair or wheelchair is possible.
Plas Heli is just west along the coast at Pwllheli, They have launching facilities. Afon Wen is a great spot to anchor up.
The shallow gradient makes it great for swimming and paddling.
There’s a good chance of hooking a range of species, even a good sized bass off the beach. The gentle shelf also makes it great for flatfish, eels, huss, mackerel and tope off the rocks. The fishing is at its best on a spring tide.
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