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Fairbourne Beach

Fairbourne Beach

Fairbourne Pebbles © Jon Baxter.jpg


Fairbourne’s beautiful golden sands are backed by a steep bank of pebbles. They fringe a narrow finger of land that extends most of the way across the mouth of the Mawddach Estuary, with stunning views of mountains, woodlands and the sea. The west-facing side of the beach can receive strong winds, making it ideal for water sports, especially windsurfing, surfing and sailing.

The beach has traces of World War Two - it’s ‘Dragon’s Teeth’ were tank traps to stop the enemy from landing here. The delightful narrow-gauge Fairbourne Railway - the tiniest of Wales’s many ‘little trains’ – runs to the end of the beach, connecting with a small passenger ferry which completes the journey to Barmouth at the opposite side of the estuary.

There is a ramp on Penrhyn Drive South (left at the top of the road adjacent to the arcade) and car park, toilets. The ramp allows you to get down to the sand without going over the rocks.

Green Coast Award beach. Toilets and parking. Dog restrictions apply April to end September.

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Map reference: SH 610130  Lat: 52.69740 Long: -4.05803

Fairbourne is just off the A493 Dolgellau to Tywyn road; continue over the railway level crossing to the beach.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0.3 miles from Fairbourne station


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