Aberdyfi / Aberdovey

Cycling at Coed y Brenin

Sailboarding on the estuary

Dinghy sailing in the estuary

Fishing at sunset

Pony trekking at Bwlch Gwyn, Fairbourne

 
Activities

Paddling in the estuaryThere cannot be too many hobbies and interests that aren't catered for in and around Aberdyfi. There are many beautiful walks for the casual and enthusiastic rambler, cycle routes, both on and off-road and a whole host of both wet and dry activities and pastimes that can be enjoyed.

Information on a selection of activities can be found on this page but there is additional information on specific centres on the Attractions page and information on public amenities and local walks on the General page.

 

Walking - From the village you can walk up into the hills and across to Pennal taking in some spectacular views of the Dovey Valley and passing Carn March Arthur and the Bearded Lake on your way. Alternatively, you could walk the old Roman Road, along the rocks and estuary as far as Picnic Island.

There are countless other walks in the area but some of the most popular are - the banks of the Dysynni, Bird Rock, Talyllyn Lake, Dolgoch Falls, Cader Idris, Morfa Mawddach (pub at the end - my favourite!), Torrent Walk, and Precipice Walk.

Cycling - Main roads can be a little busy during the summer months but at other times and also on the smaller, quieter roads there are many routes ripe for exploring. The areas around Bryncrug, Bird Rock and the Dysynni Valley are particularly enjoyable. Cycle hire is available from Llanegryn or Tywyn.

There are a number of off-road cycle routes such as the Morfa Mawddach (pub at the end - still my favourite!) and the Forest Enterprise Vistor Centre at Coed-y-Brenin which has routes across the mountain and through the forest. Take a look too at the proposed Aberdyfi to Tywyn cyclepath.

Water Sports - Aberdyfi is an absolute paradise for water sports enthusiasts. The estuary is ideal for sailing, canoeing, sailboarding and water-skiing. The coastline up to Tywyn is popular with surfers and kite-surfers. The coastline in Cardigan Bay has some lovely ports for those into yachting. Aberdovey has good facilities for yachts with moorings and quayside berths.

Conscientious power boat, jet bike and jet ski owners are also welcome and there are launching facilities available through the Harbour Master. The best swimming/sunbathing beaches run from the western tip of Aberdovey up to Tywyn - 4 miles of sand-dune-lined golden shoreline!

Fishing - Sea fishing can be enjoyed from the shore or on a fishing boat trip. Catches can be quite varied but mackerel, bream, pollock, skate and even sharks are quite common. The estuary is home to several types of flatfish and also the famous Aberdovey bass - the fighters of the fish world.

There is a good choice of game fishing too, from river fishing for sea trout (the Welsh "sewin") and the occasional salmon, to stocked lakes with brown and rainbow trout. There is also course fishing available at Trawsfynydd.

There simply isn't room to cover everything, but rest assured within the area are facilities for pony trekking, clay pigeon shooting, quad bike riding and of course, a good selection of golf courses. There are several leisure centres within easy reach with the usual sports facilities and indoor swimming pools.

The area is a Mecca for artists with numerous galleries and painting scenes galore. Wildlife enthusiasts are also well-catered for with RSPB reserves nearby and the varied natural habitat of the area providing homes to many different species of creature, flora and fauna.

Steam train on the Cambrian Coast line alongside the Roman Walk
 

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