The village of Borth is about 1½ miles long and built along the B4353 on a strip of land between the sea and the Cors Fochno bog. The beach is sandy at low tide and backed by shingle and a concrete sea wall. At the southern end are the cliffs of Craig-yr-Wylfa, where the shore is rocky with plenty of rockpools. The beach has a shallow gradient and the tide goes out a long way, revealing the remains of a submerged forest at the southern end. Lifeguards patrol early July until early September and dog restrictions apply from 1st May to 30th September on almost all of the southern section of the beach up to a point opposite the youth hostel. Facilities include toilets with disabled facilities and drinking water, hotels, cafes, shops, a free car park and a small slipway.
To the north, the beach has groynes at regular intervals and there is plenty of space for parking between the sea wall and the road. Borth railway station is approximately 200 yards from the beach, and there are further toilets at this end.
It's a good surfing beach up as far as Ynyslas, best around high water and is good for beginners.
On the headland to the south is a war memorial, and just on the other side is the small cove of Aberwennol (bottom photo). This is a mostly rocky beach, with some small patches of coarse sand, backed by unstable cliffs of slate. Signs warn of crumbling cliffs and submerged objects in the water. Access is from the coast path which drops down to near beach level.