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Fairbourne & Morfa Mawddach


Fairbourne Beach is a 2 mile long sandy beach south of the Mawddach estuary. The shore is backed by a pebble bank to the south and dunes to the north. Car parks are located at the centre of the beach and at either end. Stations for the Cambrian Coast line and the narrow (12¼ inch) gauge Fairbourne Railway are located approximately ½ mile away along the appropriately named Beach Road. The Fairbourne Railway runs to the northern end of the beach, and usually connects with a passenger ferry to Barmouth.

Swimming is generally safe at the southern end, away from the estuary. Toilets and drinking water are available, and dog restrictions apply to the southern half of the beach from 1st April to 30th September.

Morfa Mawddach beach is a wide expanse of soft sand between Fairbourne Beach and Barmouth Bridge. It lies on the southern side of the Mawddach and can be reached by following the foot / cycle path from Morfa Mawddach station towards the bridge. Just before the bridge, a stile on the right leads onto the shore.

Morfa Mawdach station (on the Cambrian Coast line) has a good-size car park and toilets, and was once a junction of two branches - the other branch (closed in 1965) running to Dolgellau and Ruabon. Its route as far as Dolgellau is now a popular 7-mile long cycle path known as the Mawddach Trail.

On the hills to the south is a flooded slate quarry known as the Blue Lake, which is a popular swimming spot and can be reached via a short tunnel.

The southern end of the beach
The southern end of the beach
Northern end, looking towards Barmouth
Northern end, looking towards Barmouth
Morfa Mawddach and Barmouth Bridge
Morfa Mawddach and Barmouth Bridge
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