Morfa Dyffryn beach is on the west coast of Wales (Great Britain) between Barmouth and Harlech.
Visit 19 July 2016
The hottest day of the year so far and about the busiest we have ever seen it :-)
I know this should go with out saying but remember to keep drinking ! We had a bag of bottles with us and I still drank 2 litres of pop on the way home !!!
Visit 2 June 2016
Great day at the beach, as normal the pay and display car park was deserted and both sides of the road packed !
Quite a lot of people were taking advantage of the southern marker sign being missing and stripping off well short of the remaining post. (which you are quite entitled to do regardless of what the signs /wardens suggests) The beach was clean a free from the rubbish the last couple of winters have left.
We were just surprised that there were not more people there.
Morfa Dyffryn - Is acclaimed by regular users as one of the best beaches in the UK, Morfa Dyffryn (also known as Dyffryn Ardudwy) is located on the Welsh coast between Harlech and Barmouth in the county of Gwynedd. This location has been used by naturists since the mid-1930's and in 2000 the local authority took a decision to erect notices designating a section of the beach for naturist use.
Getting There Google Maps
The beach is off the A496 Barmouth to Harlech road about 4 miles north of Barmouth. Between the villages of Talybont and Dyffryn Ardudwy turn seawards into Fford Benar Lane (signposted "Traeth" - Welsh for beach), a small chapel at this junction makes it easy to see. One mile down this very narrow (in places) lane are toilets and just beyond a pay and display car park, this has height barriers and is therefore unsuitable for van/campers etc. Follow the marked path through the dunes to the beach, turn right and walk for 25 mins (average), the naturist beach was once easily recognised by a WW2 pill box sticking out halfway up the dunes but this has been removed. Outside the summer season and depending on the severity of winter storms, the Council-erected notices may or may not be present.
Alternatively, use the (much nearer) car park at the Dyffryn Seaside Estate. To reach this, turn right at the toilets mentioned above and drive into the Seaside Estate, turn left at the mini roundabout, past the shops and pub, through the gate to park on the grass area at the rear of the dunes, follow the path to the beach, turn right for a 15 minute walk. It is slightly quicker to walk through the dunes but not recommended for first time visitors - easy to get lost. The Seaside Estate sometimes charge for access - but usually only in the high season.
By Rail: the Welsh Coast line from Barmouth to Porthmadog runs just inland from the beach, with stops at Dyffryn Ardudwy and Llanbedr.
Note for Dog Owners:Dogs should be kept on a lead while passing through the Dyffryn Seaside Estate At the camp-site they actually charge for them. However dogs are not allowed in static caravans hired directly from the company - if you hire one privately it's by arrangement with the owners.
Description - Morfa Dyffryn beach itself is ENORMOUS, even the part used by naturists is about 1 mile in length - and to the rear of that are hundreds of acres of peaceful dunes and scrub land between the beach and the airfield. An enthusiastic regular visitor reports: '"The beach is clean, as is the sea which shelves gently so swimming is possible - and the tide doesn't go out miles! The main beach is used by families, couples and singles - the usual mix in fact." There is plenty of room for all. The views to the rear are of Snowdonia and the Rhinog mountains and to the front across Tremadog Bay can be seen the Llyn Peninsular"
In general, Naturists are advised to keep out of the dune area.
The nearby airfield is now in civilian use. Though RAF C130's some times use it for night time "dark" landings which can make quite a bit of noise.
The Future of Dyffryn
In general, the effect that official recognition and the sign posts have had on naturism at Dyffryn has not been negative. The council-designated naturist area is somewhat less than the 1 mile length traditionally used, but complaints from textile beach users appear to have been significantly reduced. On the other hand there is some evidence that greater numbers of "undesireables" have been drawn to the beach. Dyffryn is an important beach to the UK's naturist community, and must have greatly advanced UK naturism down the years.
Accommodation For many years naturists visiting Morfa Dyffryn have enjoyed camping at "Glyn's Field" (no website - 2013), which provided basic but naturist-friendly facilities. Following the sad death of Glyn himself - in May 2006 - his Son and Daughter-in-law continue to offer camping facilities.
To find "Glyn's Field" :
Turn off the main road by the chapel, turn right towards the caravan site and there a gate on your right a few yards after the junction. Not a lot of facilities: the field gets mown and there's one water tap
Camping is also available at Benar Beach Caravan Park and (textile) Dyffryn Seaside Estate. No touring caravans or campervans at Dyffryn Seaside Estate, no caravans at Glyn's Field but campervans are OK, both types at Benar Beach. Static vans can be rented at the seaside estate. Benar Beach has a small completely enclosed naturist area with room for about 10 caravans / motorhomes/ tents.
Review and description (edited) from Walking Club.org.uk