Nine Dog-Friendly Beaches of Snowdonia

On the beach, Snowdonia

On the beach, Snowdonia

If you’re planning to visit Snowdonia with your dog, it helps to know in advance where he’ll be welcome. Here’s our pick of dog-friendly beaches along the Snowdonia coast.


Much has been written about the family-friendly attractions of Snowdonia; but what if you’re bringing along a furry, tail-wagging family member? Where will he be welcome?

Most of Snowdonia’s beaches are actually dog-friendly, though for the benefit of other beach users there are often restrictions in place which keep the busiest parts of these beaches dog-free during the peak season.

Here’s our handy guide to nine of Snowdonia‘s best dog-friendly beaches, which also includes information about other things you can see and do nearby – with or without your four-legged friend!

Aberdaron

Aberdaron

Aberdaron

Aberdaron, on the tip of the Llyn Peninsula, is a picturesque little village steeped in history. It’s the last stop on the pilgrim route before the holy island of Bardsey, where it’s said that 20,000 saints are buried. There are lots of fantastic places nearby for walking, especially if you want to see interesting wildlife. Dogs are welcome on the beach, if they keep to the left side of the slipway.

Things to see and do: boat trips to Bardsey; walking; visit St Hywyn’s Church; Mynydd yr Ystum cycle route.

Download a larger version of the map (PDF).

Aberdaron beach map

Aberdyfi

Aberdyfi

Aberdyfi

Aberdyfi is a pretty seaside village on the beautiful Dyfi estuary. Pastel-painted houses line the seafront, where you’ll find some of the best sandy beaches in Britain. Aberdyfi, according to legend, is said to be very close to the site of the sunken lands of Cantre’r Gwaelod. Watersports are very popular here, as are the local yacht club and outward bound centre. Dogs are allowed on the west end of the beach.

Things to see and do: walk up Cadair Idris; watersports; wildlife watching; golf; Talyllyn Railway; Dyfi Osprey Project.

Download a larger version of the map (PDF).

Aberdyfi beach map

 

Abersoch

Abersoch

Abersoch

Great beaches, stylish shops and restaurants, and a strong surfing scene characterise Abersoch. The village even hosts an annual festival – Wakestock – which combines wakeboarding and live music; it’s the largest festival of its kind in Europe. Abersoch is rather glamorous for such a small resort, and is a lively and bustling place during the high season. Dogs are allowed on most parts of the beach, but there are dog restrictions in other parts.

Things to see and do: watersports; shopping; great choice of eateries; pony trekking; golf; monthly crafts market.

Download a larger version of the map (PDF).

Abersoch beach map

Barmouth

Barmouth

Barmouth

Barmouth is a popular family resort on the Mawddach Estuary. It boasts a fantastic sandy beach, where dogs are allowed in certain areas (either side of the main, busier area). There’s a lovely harbour which hosts several family-friendly attractions. The resort is backed by stunning scenery and this can be explored on foot, by bike or by taking a trip on the nearby Fairbourne Railway.

Things to see and do: historic ‘On the Quay‘ attractions including the Sailors’ Institute and Ty Gwyn; fishing trips; small funfair; shopping; traditional seaside promenade.

Download a larger version of the map (PDF).

Barmouth beach map

Black Rock Sands

Black Rock Sands

Black Rock Sands

The beach at Black Rock Sands, near Porthmadog, is huge. So big, in fact, that it’s one of the few beaches in the area where cars are able to be driven – handy if you’re launching motor boats and water bikes. Popular with watersports enthusiasts, Black Rock Sands is also great for kids who enjoy exploring the rock pools and caves. Dogs are allowed on most of the beach, but restrictions are in place in some parts.

Things to see and do: watersports; walking; Portmeirion Village; Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways; shopping in Porthmadog; Black Rock Llamas.

Download a larger version of the map (PDF).

Back Rock Sands map

Dinas Dinlle

Dinas Dinlle

Dinas Dinlle

Dinas Dinlle is a tiny village that’s quiet in the low season but really comes to life when the main tourism season kicks off. Popular with locals and visitors alike, Dinas Dinlle has an excellent sandy beach with a pebbly ‘shelf’ in front of the promenade. If you’re lucky, you may see dolphins. The sea is clear and great for swimming, but watersports are also popular here. There are a few little shops selling beach goods and gifts, plus a chip shop and ice cream parlour. Dogs are allowed to the north and south of the main bathing area.

Things to see and do: children’s playground; Iron Age hill fort; air museum and small airport for pleasure trips; shopping in Caernarfon; Caernarfon Castle and town walls; Glynllifon woodland walks and craft workshops; wildlife watching.

Download a larger version of the map (PDF)

Dinas Dinlle beach map

Harlech

Harlech beach

Harlech beach

Harlech‘s award-winning beach is large and sandy and backed by dunes. The town is steeped in history, and possibly best known for its medieval castle and famous golf club. The beach is easy to find, with good parking and access as well as a shop and cafe. Dogs are allowed on most parts of the beach with some restrictions.

Things to see and do: Harlech Castle; Theatr Harlech; watersports; craft shops; artisan ice cream shop; walking; Llanfair Slate Cavern; Children’s Farm Park.

Download a larger version of the map (PDF).

Harlech beach map

Llandanwg

Llandanwg Beach

Llandanwg Beach

Situated between Harlech and Barmouth, Llandanwg is best known for its ancient church which sits among the sand dunes. The beach at Llandanwg is valued for its sheltered position, offering an idyllic setting for relaxation and peacefulness. The beach, which is part of the Snowdonia National Park, is a popular fishing spot. Dogs are allowed on most parts of the beach.

Things to see and do: Church of St Tanwg with its 6th century artefacts; Shell Island (over 200 varieties of sea shell, camping, great views, wildlife); Harlech Castle; fishing; walking.

Download a larger version of the map (PDF).

Llandanwg beach map

Tywyn

Tywyn

Tywyn

Another traditional seaside town, Tywyn pre-dates the Norman invasion and its Norman church houses an inscribed stone dating a couple of centuries earlier. Fun fact: the inscription on this stone – Cadfan’s Stone – is the oldest known example of the Welsh language in writing. Dogs are allowed on the southern end of Tywyn’s five-mile sandy beach, where there are extensive sand dunes.

Things to see and do: St Cadfan’s church; watersports; dolphin and porpoise spotting; forest and river walks at Nant Gwernol; Talyllyn Railway; promenade; paddling pool; the only working Wurlitzer organ in Wales.

Download a larger version of the map (PDF).

Tywyn beach map

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3 thoughts on “Nine Dog-Friendly Beaches of Snowdonia

  1. And Dyffryn, unfortunately our dogs have no idea what left, right, west or north mean.

    Can we have a list of horse friendly beaches? Might attract some people who love their euquus horribilis

  2. Pingback: Five reasons to love winter in Snowdonia | Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

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