Harlech BeachHarlech, Snowdonia
Harlech Beach, Snowdonia, North Wales
The beach at Harlech is 4 miles of golden sands, backed by dunes and overlooked by a majestic medieval castle, on the shores of the stunning Cardigan Bay. It is hard to believe that the castle at Harlech was once the stage for conflict because the overriding feeling of the beach and the glistening, white sands at Harlech is one of peace and tranquillity. Stretching out for as far as the eye can see, the sand, dunes and clear waters are spectacular.
The south west facing beach at Harlech is one of the most famous beaches in Wales and the history of the town and incredible castle, a World Heritage Site that overlooks it, is part of Welsh history and culture. They celebrate it on one of the unofficial national anthem “Men of Harlech.” Even the golf club is known internationally as being a great course in superb surroundings and many of the holes are virtually on the beach.
The beach is a watersports haven and easy to access with all of the basic facilities required to make for a perfect day on the sand. There is a designated bathing area making it safe for families with young children to take to the water. Backed by a beautiful nature reserve and its abundant wildlife, there’s hours worth of exploring to be done. Take a bucket and spade for sandcastles and shell collecting and if you are a keen runner, your trainers as the flat sand is the perfect exercise track.
The beach surrounded by dunes and sits within the Snowdonia National Park. Harlech is designated as a National Nature Reserve.
The sand on the beach is so flat and there is so much space that makes a perfect cricket or football pitch.
The beach site at the base of the castle below the town of Harlech itself with attractions such as the castle, the golf club, excellent restaurants and quirky shops close by.
The sea is great for watersports with the relative shelter of Cardigan Bay but the winds necessary for sailing and windsurfing.
There are no facilities on the beach itself, however, there are toilets in the car park and the ice cream van is often parked there in season.
Parking is at the Pay and Display car park, from which there runs a tarmac path for about 400m to the beach. There are disabled bays available in the car park itself.
There is disabled parking available and access to the beach is via a 400m tarmac footpath which crosses the dunes and takes you to the beach. This makes access easy for those using a wheelchair or families with a pushchair.
Dog restrictions apply to the north of the main access point for a distance of about 500 yards and run from April 1st until September 30th.
At its best with a south-west swell and the wind is from the east. It isn’t the most consistent break but good fun when the conditions are right. The best waves are found during the winter.
It's a great beach for kitesurfing.
Yes - it’s a popular beach for windsurfing.
The best fishing is on the northern end of the beach closest to the Glaslyn Estuary. Catch reports show turbot, bass, mullet and more.
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