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WALES BEACH GUIDE

Fairbourne Beach

Fairbourne Beach

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. Approximately ½ mile away are stations for the Cambrian Coast line and the narrow gauge Fairbourne Railway. The latter runs to the northern end of the beach, connecting 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.

On the hills to the south of the beach are the remains of old slate quarries, one of which is now flooded and known as the Blue Lake. It's a popular swimming spot, and can be accessed through a short tunnel. To find it, take the coastal path (heading south) along Fordd Panteinion and follow the path to the quarry workings. Generally, swimming is not allowed in quarry lakes, but the Health and Safety kill-joys seem to have overlooked this one.

The southern end of the beachThe southern end of the beach
Northern end, looking towards BarmouthNorthern end, looking towards Barmouth
The Blue LakeThe Blue Lake
The southern end of the beach
The southern end of the beach
Northern end, looking towards Barmouth
Northern end, looking towards Barmouth
The Blue Lake
The Blue Lake
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