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Dyfi National Nature Reserve & Centre


Visitor Centre
SY24 5JZ

Contact Details

Tel: 01970 872901
Ynyslas dunes are remarkable. They are still growing, day by day, millimetre by millimetre, providing a home for many rare plants and insects. When you visit, you can see the process taking place. Earth, sea and wind in action. In the summer, the sand dunes are transformed into a colourful carpet of wild flowers and are especially renowned for their rare orchids. And then there's the submerged forest ... the remains of tree trunks which appear at low tide, from the days when the shingle ridge was further out to sea. This could be part of the inspiration for the famous story of the lost land of Cantre'r Gwaelod.

Birds to see...... Stonechats, linnets and larks can be found in the older dunes. Listen for the larks' stream of notes high up in the air. The estuary is home to many wading birds - the shelduck, with its bright green head and chestnut patch on its chest is amongst the most colourful. Parts of the dunes may be roped off in spring and early summer to protect rare ring plover eggs, which are laid directly on the sand.

When you look out to sea, you may see dolphins and porpoise, just some of the fascinating beach. There are four walking trails around this nature reserve

Dune Walk (1.25 miles 2 kilometres). Stride through the ever changing dunes and along the seashore, with stunning displays of flowers in spring and summer and colourful fungi in autumn.

Ynyslas Walk (2.5 miles, 4 kilometres). Experience a rich variety of habitat including sand dunes, seashore, farmland and then saltmarsh, with stunning views of the estuary.

Cors Fochno Walk. This is a circular boardwalk over the bog from the Cors Fochno parking area. Dogs are not allowed on the boardwalk.

Wales Coast Path. The Wales Coast Path runs around the edge of Cors Fochno between Borth and Tre Tallesin.

Access: Open at all times via the beach road. Information centre open daily between 9am and 5pm from Easter until the end of September. The toilets are open from 9am until dusk from Easter until the end of September.

Parking : On the edge of the beach at the end of the road from Borth. Visitors should note that a £2.00 charge is made for car parking at Ynyslas.

Time: You will easily spend a whole day here, though the trail through the dunes can be walked in an hour.

For further information visit:


Take the B4353 off the A487 - at Tre'r Ddol if coming from the north or at Bow Street/Rhydypennau and through Borth from the south. Turn off north up the beach road at Ynyslas and keep on to the end where there is parking on the beach.

Cors Fochno is on the south side of the B4353 3km from Tre’r-ddol. Go through the gate at the start of the track (please close it after driving through) and the parking area is 800 metres along the track. The OS grid reference is SN 636 926.

Prices and opening

Free entry

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesOpen daily between 9am and 5pm from Easter to 22 September.