Aberdovey (Aberdyfi in Welsh) is a popular, charming, fishing village with miles of sandy beach that stretches up the Dyfi estuary to join the coast of Cardigan bay. It’s great for a day on the beach and you’ll find plenty of traditional seaside actives from crabbing off the pier and donkey rides, to delicious local ice cream and great fish & chips.
Away from a spot of sunbathing, there are also some great local walks to suit all abilities. The so called Roman Road (neither a road or anything to do with the Romans!) is a gentle walk with fabulous views, going along the estuary from Aberdyfi.
For something more strenuous, a walk up to the stunning Llyn Barfog/ Bearded Lake will blow the cobwebs away. There are many stories surrounding this lake, which include fairies, mysterious bearded creatures and mystical cows! One such legend has it that King Arthur was asked by the residents of Aberdyfi to rid the lake of the Afangc (a Welsh water demon) who was terrorising the village. Armed with magical chains (what else?) and his trusty stead, Llamrai, they did the necessary. Although not without a fight. In the struggle Llamari left a hoof print in a nearby stone, known as Carn March Arthur. Look out for this stone on the walk.
Or you can pick up the Welsh Coastal Path in Aberdyfi, The 4 miles along the golden sand from Aberdyfi to Tywyn form part of the 870 miles of path. When you arrive in Tywyn, you can either retrace your steps or jump on a train or bus which will return you to Aberdyfi in just a few minutes.
If you’re a budding Rory Mcllroy, then a day at Aberdyfi’s championship links golf course is a must. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you make your way around this 18-hole course set in the Aberdyfi sand dunes.
Being by the sea and estuary means that there are also loads of water activities on offer. Aberdyfi has it’s own sailing and rowing clubs, and the estuary is great for kayaking and windsurfing. There’s also a fab surf spot as you head towards Tywyn.
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