Glan y Don - Abererch BeachPwllheli, Llŷn Peninsula

Glan y Don to Abererch beach, Pwllheli, Llŷn Peninsula

The beach from Glan y Don to Abererch is a great 3 miles stretch of sandy coastline handy for the busy, seaside town of Pwllheli. It
 is a clean, pretty, expansive beach, with a shallow gradient that offers something for everyone from water-sports, to dog walkers, and sun worshipers to those wanting to fly a kite. The views across Cardigan Bay and the Snowdonia Mountain Range are magical.


The length of sand here runs for over 3 miles from the town of Pwllheli, down along the Llŷn Peninaula, all the way down to the Pen y Chain headland. The Glan y Don end, closest to the town of Pwllheli, faces east Gimblet and is sheltered by the rocky outcrop. It then curves around. As you approach the sands at Abererch it has a southerly aspect and gets the sun all day long.

The gently shelving beach is great for swimming and all water-sports. You are guaranteed to find a spot on the sand even in the busy summer months.

At a glance
  • Minutes away from the town of Pwllheli, the “capital” of the Llŷn Peninsula.

  • The beach is great for all watersports.

  • It is easy to access from either Abererch or Pwllheli.

  • It is home to Plas Heli, the Welsh National Sailing and Events Centre.

  • The views are incredible. They take in Harlech castle down the coast and around to St Tudwal’s Islands off Abersoch.

Beach info

Beach type

Sandy at the top with some low tide mud at the southern end, getting much sandier and less muddy towards Abererch.

Glan y Don Beach is a sandy beach on the eastern side of the seaside town of Pwllheli. It stretches down the coastline for miles, gradually becoming Abererch Sands. It is easy to access at various points along the beach. If you enter the Glan y Don Industrial Estate off the North Quay, pass Jewsons on your left and continue until you see Plas Heli on your left-hand side. You can park here and access the beach through the sand dunes.

The Abererch section of the beach is most easily accessed through Abererch Sands Holiday Park, off the A497 Pwllheli to Criccieth road.


There are no facilities on the beach itself. However, there are toilets in the Abererch Sands Holiday Park and at Plas Heli. The location between Pwllheli and Abererch means that there are good public transport links.


There is parking available at Plas Heli or around Pwllheli Marina. There is also parking at Abererch by the railway station. You can then take the short footpath through the dunes adjacent to the holiday park.

Dog Restrictions

There are seasonal restrictions in place between April 1st and September 30th.


Access to the beach is through dunes or down sandy paths, so you may have to drag a pushchair behind you. There is disabled parking available at Plas Heli that gives direct beach access.

Top tips
Flora and Fauna
Weather & Tide

The Glan y Don end of the beach is sheltered, however sailing conditions off the point are excellent, hence the presence of Plas Heli, the Welsh National Sailing and Events centre, overlooking the beach.


The gentle slope into the water makes it a great swimming spot, however it does drop to much deeper water some meters from the shore.


For beginners the beach is very good and can be accessed via Pwllheli Marina. It is at its best in a strong south-west wind.


The sandy shore is great for fishing from the beach and the gentle shelf makes it great for flatfish, bass, eels, close to the river mouth, huss, mackerel and tope off the rocks on the headland at Pen y Chain. The fishing is at its best on a spring tide.


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Always follow advice from relevant authorities, including HM Coastguard and any lifeguards present on the beach. Swimming flags must always be adhered to. Currents can be strong enough to drag even a strong swimmer, and rocks and unexpected shallow or deep water may not always be obvious. Swimming should only be done in calm conditions when supervised from land, ideally by a lifeguard on a flagged beach. Avoid swimming around boats, jet skis or surfers. Check the weather forecast and tide timetables in advance of a visit to a beach. Always pack water and appropriate clothing. Be aware of the risk of sunburn and wear a high-factor sun-cream. Children and pets should be supervised at all times, and dogs should be kept on a lead.

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