Find the nearest Seaside Award in Gwynedd
Seaside Award beaches in Gwynedd. Unlike the Blue Flag beach award, each country also has its own seaside award to signify a good standard of beach and facilities. The awards evaluate a beach on water quality, information displays, environmental management, safety and services.
Below we list the current Gwynedd beaches that hold a Seaside Award.
- Dinas Dinlle beach is a long sandy beach backed by a pebble storm bank and split by a couple of rocky breakwaters at high tide. The beach is located on the northern coast of the Llyn Peninsula between Caernarfon and Pontllyfni and the views across to Llanddywyn island on Anglesey are great. The beach has large areas of sand when the tide goes out with the northern end of the beach backed by dunes and an airfield being much quieter. The beach is popular for swimming, fishing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, kite-buggying, surfing, canoeing, sailing, jet skiing and power boating and operates zones in the water to protect swimmers. Facilities include parking, toilets with disabled facilities, shops and cafes.
- Pwllheli beach is a very long stretch of south facing sand on the Llyn Peninsula and is also known as Pwllheli South Beach. The beach starts out at the marina and stretches for approximately 3 miles to Llanbedrog and as you move away from the town you have a beautiful remove beach. Pwllheli is known as the unnoficial capital of the Llyn Peninsula. Parking on the road behind the beach, toilets, promenade, beach shop and Pwllheli has a harbour.
- Aberdaron beach is a sandy west facing beach at the picturesque village of Aberdaron on the Llyn Peninsula. The beach is large and gently shelving with relatively safe and clean bathing water. Overlooking the northern part of Cardigan Bay this area has numerous footpaths and scenic routes to explore. Facilities include car park, cafes, pubs and gift shops.
- Black Rock Sands beach is known by many names, although we refer to it as Black Rock Sands it is often referred to as Porthmadog beach or Craig Du or Morfa Bychan beach after the local village. The beach is excellent, a wide sandy beach with a rocky headland and is approximately 2 miles long with a sand dune system designated as a site of special scientific interest. The beach has a gently gradient making it a good family beach and as the tide recedes you have many rock pools to explore. As you can drive onto the beach this is ideal for those that have to take lots of equipment to the beach. Facilities include parking, toilets, designated bathing and boat-launching areas, ice-cream vans often positioned on the beach. The beach due to it’s size and ability to park on the sand is very popular with kite-buggies and kitesurfers.
- The main beach at Abersoch is in a sheltered position that makes it ideal for traditional beach visitors and watersports lovers alike. This is a large, relatively sheltered sandy beach, on the south east facing side of the Llyn Peninsula with colourful beach huts.
- Tywyn beach is a long seafront backed by a promenade and grass areas. The beach is sand and pebbles backed by sand dunes, stretching 7 km of the Welsh coast line, from Tywyn town in the North, to the harbour at Aberdyfi in the south. The beach is west facing and is popular with surfers, bodyboarders and windsurfers. Facilities include car parking, toilets, promenade with shelters and benches, amusement arcades, cafe/restaurant and slipway.
- Barmouth beach is a large family sandy beach and perfect for sunbathing, games and surfing. The beach is located on the north bank of the river Mawddach on the west coast of Wales, just within the south west corner of Snowdonia National Park. The Mawddach Estuary is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and offers visitors a range of walks, and it is popular for bird spotters and those wishing to get away from it all. Barmouth old town is well worth a visit with its slate-roofed cottages on the side of a mountain, whilst it’s harbour is beautiful and you can walk across the spectacular Barmouth Bridge spanning the river. Barmouth beach is a town beach and so has easy access to a range of facilities including car parks, shops, pubs, accommodation and amusement arcades.