Using our interactive map you will be able to view all the beaches in Gwynedd and find details about the area in which they are located. You will find the map here. Using our site you will be able to find so much more than beaches in Gwynedd though, you will be able to use the map to find locations of a wealth of activities, places of interest and general information about shops, attractions and much more.
Here are some details on beaches that you will be able to discover in Gwynedd.
Traeth Penllech Beach is in fact a short section of coastal footpath, taking in an area of National Trust property at Porth Gwylan. There is also a scenic attraction which is its rocky coastline and coastal heath. It is an area that offers excellent sea watching, perfect for a stroll scanning both the sea and the sky. The area offers great sightings for birdwatchers and in the sea you can often see dolphins.
Criccieth Beach is in an area rich with wildlife. The area has sand dunes, wetland and marine interest. Zonation is a feature of the sand dunes towards Morfa Bychan. Adjacent to the shore, pioneer dunes develop on the strandline, supporting Sand Couch Grass and Prickly Saltwort. Inland of these, the dunes become stabilised, largely by Marram Grass. Further inland, fixed dunes support Burnet Rose, Sand Sedge and Restharrow. The scarce Narrow-leaved Eelgrass is found at extreme low water between Criccieth and Graig Ddu. Eelgrasses are important as habitat and food for a wide range of species. The rock pools and honeycomb reef here are fascinating to explore. Sea watching is good all year round particularly for Scoter.
Cwm Idwal, a National Nature Reserve in the Snowdonia mountains is a fantastic introduction to glacial geology. A well-marked route takes you into the heather-clad upland world of the raven, with arctic alpine plants, fast-flowing streams frequented by dipper, and the sheer scale and grandeur of its icescraped amphitheatre. At the end of the summer an on-site event will give you the chance to see Cwm Idwal as you've never seen it before. This will be followed in the autumn by local showings of a specially commissioned film celebrating Cwm Idwal, with music by local musician Gwilym Morus.
Gwaith Powdwr nature reserve (81 acres), on the Dwyryd estuary is a gateway to the hanging oak woodlands of the Vale of Ffestiniog. Gnarled and ancient trees clad with mosses, liverworts and lichens support pied flycatchers and redstarts, while the rivers and streams are home to otters and sewin (sea trout). Along with activities and workshops throughout the summer, a wildlife and art festival celebrating our local woodlands and rivers will be held at Gwaith Powdwr towards the end of July.
To get a real feel for the Gwynedd sea and coast, one of the best places to visit is Uwchmynydd. Standing on the headland at the very tip of the Llŷn, you are in no doubt about the power of the sea, the resilience of the cliffs, and the value of the coastal heaths for key birds such as the chough and stonechat. What is hard to grasp is the richness of the awe-inspiring wildlife that lives beneath the waves. Discover Gwynedd will give you a glimpse of the under-seascapes, through rock-pooling, boat trips to offshore islands, innovative marine wildlife information, and a special celebration of the sea in mid August.