Aberdaron BeachAberdaron, Llŷn Peninsula
Aberdaron beach on the Llŷn Peninsula, North Wales
The beach at Aberdaron forms part of the Llŷn Heritage Coast. The beautiful sandy beach is in the centre of a picturesque fishing village that is steeped in history due to its proximity to the Isle of Bardsey, the reported resting place of 20,000 saints.
Aberdaron beach itself sits at the tip of the Llŷn Peninsula. At over a mile long it offers a sunny sandy playground for many. Backed by dunes, boulder clay and a strong harbour wall, it is popular with families and watersports enthusiasts alike. The popularity is also down to it being at the centre of village life for Aberdaron.
The village of Aberdaron has the beach and the sea at the centre of its culture and history. The tiny village of Aberdaron has been hugely significant for residents of the Llŷn for centuries. The last place with board and lodgings for pilgrims making the passing over to Bardsey, it has a grand history that the locals are immensely proud of.
It is a great place to visit for the day and even though the village is small there is lots to see and the beach is vast, sandy and well maintained. It’s also great for those that are less mobile or with pushchairs. The slipway is located to the left of the entrance to the Ty Newydd Pub in the village centre. The beach and sea here are very special and form part of the Pen Llŷn a'r Sarnau Special Area of Conservation, one of the largest marine designated sites in the United Kingdom. The coast itself forms part of the Aberdaron Coast and Bardsey Island Special Protection Area and in 1956 the area was included in Llŷn Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty along with being named a Landscape of Historic Interest.
- The beach and village have a lot to offer a day visitor so even if you aren’t staying nearby, you can park up for the day and never be short of something to do.
- A trip to Aberdaron would not be complete without sampling the local delicacy, Aberdaron Crab, whether in a sandwich, a salad, with chips or direct from the shell on the beach wall!
- It is a great spot for bird watching and the village celebrates the arrival of the puffins each year around April.
- The area is rich in maritime, industrial and religious history dating back to the stone age. The view from the beach out to the islands has been enjoyed for thousands of years.
- The beach is great for finding incredible rocks and pebbles due to it geographical location.
- St Hywyn’s Church, overlooking the beach, is worth visiting and very atmospheric. Read about the history of this ancient building and listen to the soothing waves outside the door.
As the beach is backed by the village itself, all necessary amenities are close by including toilets, showers, car parks, eateries, tourist information and much more. It has a slipway so suitable for boats.
There is a large National Trust car park in the centre of the village that is open 24 hours. There is free parking for National Trust members. Parking on the road is not recommended as it makes traffic congestion and movement around the village by vehicle difficult.
The walk/track down to the beach from the car park is pretty steep, pushchairs will make it - but do hold tight!
There is a ban for dogs on the beach, between 1st April and 30th September, on the 150 yard stretch of sand below the harbour wall in front of the village itself. Dogs are welcome on the rest of the beach throughout the year.
There is a beach break, however, the waves can be a little messy at times and there are a few rocks under the surface that you should be aware of. It is a good beach for little ones to mess about in the white water on body boards.
When the wind is right!
However, the waters should only be tackled by an experienced sailor. You can launch off the beach. Contact Gwynedd Council for more information on this.
The islands Ynys Gwylan Fawr & Bach are excellent dive sites and there are wrecks and reefs to explore along this stretch of coast.
Safest close to the shore.
It is a great spot for coasteering and you can have lessons through local company Llyn Adventures that operate in Aberdaron. http://www.llynadventures.com/summer-activities-coasteering.html
The area as a whole is known for great fishing, however if you want to fish off the beach itself, head to the southern end. When the surf picks up there is a chance of a nice bass off the shore, especially between April and September. It is also a great place for flat-fish. Look out for whiting, coalfish and a codling or two during the winter months.
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