A narrow lane from Minffordd leads to a small parking area amongst oak trees on the west side of the wide and sandy Afon Dwyryd estuary. Access to the shore at Abergafren (above) is down a short, rough track. Signs warn that swimming is dangerous due to currents.
North of the parking area is a small sandy cove, whilst to the south the shore is backed by a small area of saltmarsh. Directly out in the centre of the sand is the tidal island of Ynys Gifftan. The river channel of the Afon Dwyryd will be somewhere on this (west) side of it. In summer, it's often possible to cross to the island and Talsarnau on the opposite side, but the river can be a few feet deep. The sand has little gradient, and will flood quickly on a rising tide - make sure you know the state of the tide if venturing any distance away from the shore.
Directions : From the A497 in the village of Minffordd, take the turning initially signposted for Portmeirion. Instead of then turning right for Portmeirion, continue straight along the narrow lane to a parking area at the very end.
Llandecwyn (Grid Ref : SH619383) is to the east, and the Afon Dwyryd is crossed by the combined rail and road bridge of Pont Briwet. The estuary is sandy on both sides and has dramatic views towards the Moelwyn mountains. Access is a public footpath which leads along the eastern side of the estuary. Some space for roadside parking is available, but take care not to cause obstruction. Llandecwyn rail station is just 100 yards away.