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Nature Reserve, free entry

Morfa Dyffryn Nature Reserve

Morfa Dyffryn Nature Reserve

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The spectacular Morfa Dyffryn Reserve stretches for about 4.5 miles along the coast of Cardigan Bay from Afon Ysgethin in the south to Afon Artro in the north. Unlike many other sand dunes in Wales, Morfa Dyffryn’s dunes are dynamic and constantly changing. Its long beach of golden sand offers a view of the Lleyn and a glimpse of Bardsey Island.

The sand dune system stretches along the coast of Cardigan Bay in Ardudwy, from Afon Ysgethin in the south to Afon Artro in the north covering around 500 acres. Unlike many other sand dunes in Wales, Morfa Dyffryn’s dunes are dynamic and constantly changing.

The front dunes are steep; the wind blows sand through the many gaps in these dunes, changing their shape and burying much of the old habitat. That's why they are so bare and open, with little growth apart from small amounts of sea-grass and some young plants and habitats that are very rare in Wales. The reserve is highly protected, forming part of the Morfa Harlech and Morfa Dyffryn SAC, the Morfa Dyffryn SSSI and the Pen Llyn a’r Sarnau SAC.

Open all the time

Prices

Free entry

Contact

Enquiries

Address

Dyffryn Ardudwy,
LL43 2AR

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SH 572227  Lat: 52.78317 Long: -4.11854

The Reserve is situated a mile west of the A496 between the villages of Llanaber and Dyffryn Ardudwy. The main access point at the southern end of the reserve is from the Snowdonia National Park car park at Benar Beach which has toilets and picnic tables. There is a wooden boardwalk, stretching from the car park to the beach. The path is flat and is wide enough to cater for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Dyffryn Ardudwy station