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Ynyslas Estuary Beach

Ynyslas Estuary Beach

Ynyslas Estuary beach (also known as Twyni Bach) is a sheltered sandy beach on the Dovey estuary, backed by sand dunes. It looks out towards Aberdovey on the opposite side of the river, with dramatic views of the Cambrian mountains to the north and east. Car parking is on the sand, but only at the top of the beach is the sand firm enough to drive on. A small fee is charged in summer and parking tickets can be obtained from the nearby visitor centre, which also has toilets and cycle parking. Swimming is dangerous due to estuarine currents, and is not allowed. Launching of boats is also prohibited. Dogs are allowed at all times.

There are trails through the sand dunes which form part of the Dovey National Nature reserve, and during June and July bee and marsh orchids are in flower. There are also adders here, so it's good idea to keep to the paths. Ynyslas's west facing beach is just a short walk across the dunes. Jutting out into the Dovey estuary is North Point - a good location for shell collecting. Likely finds include Iceland cyprina (common), smooth clams, Faroe sunset shells, venus shells, trough shells and oysters.

Occasionally shells of the unexploded variety are also found (on my last visit two items were blown up), so anything suspicious should be reported to the coastguard.

The car park and beach with Aberdovey in distance
The car park and beach with Aberdovey in distance
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