Llandanwg BeachHarlech, Snowdonia
The beach at Llandanwg is sheltered, sandy and located at the southern end of Tremadog Bay, it is handy for the town of Harlech and the delights that it offers. Quiet and accessible it makes for a great, relaxing beach day.
Shallow shelving, backed by pretty dunes, a centuries-old church virtually on the beach and a small estuary, Llandanwg Beach is located in the Snowdonia National Park, in a region steeped in history. It is unspoilt and stunning and a haven for wildlife.
Llandanwg Beach has a unique “old world” feel as a result of its unspoilt location and picturesque setting. Still a popular beach with fishermen, you can while away the hours watching them on to the beach. There are few developments close to the beach and many parts are protected including the dunes that back the beach, managed by The National Trust, however, there are enough facilities to make it accessible, easy to find and great for families. It is nice to walk over the nearby Harlech Beach or across to Shell Island when the tides are low.
The rock pools are fantastic at low tide and local expert Brian Macdonald operates tours out of the cafe on the beach. Even if you aren’t taking a tour with him, Brian is often on hand to offer tips and point you towards the best spots. The cafe sells all of the necessary rockpooling essentials.
The beach is sheltered and sandy making it great for families
The church in the village of Llandanwg, St. Tanwg is set amongst the sand dunes just a few yards from the sea. It is unique and a very special building. You can get married there!
You can access Shell Island (Mochras) via a sandy causeway at low tide, however, check your tide times to avoid getting stranded!
It is a great place for beachcombers and those who like to collect shells as the sandbanks catch them on the outgoing tide.
There is a toilet block which has showers and drinking water at the southern end of the beach. There is a handy information point here too. There is an emergency telephone next to the small cafe and there are life rings located along the entire beach. The beach is only 2 miles from Harlech and the services it provides.
Llamdanwg Station is only about 400m from the beach where there is a Pay and Display Car Park and is only £3 for 4 hours. There is also a limited amount of free roadside parking. You can then walk down to the beach on the tarmac road.
The beach has good access points and is suitable for those in wheelchairs and families with pushchairs. There is ramp access over the dunes to the beach itself.
There are seasonal restrictions on the southern end of the beach.
There is occasional good surf when the wind is northeast and offshore and the swell from the southwest. There are a few rocks to look out even though it’s a beach break.
When there is surf, there can be some rips offshore and so take care.
The beach is great for dogfish, flatfish, bass and mackerel. Local fishermen consider it to be a hot spot.
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