Fairbourne Beach Walk

April 9th, 2018

Dare we say it, but has Spring finally arrived? The last couple of days have been glorious here in Snowdonia, so of course, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that we’ve seen the last of the snow, ice and wet weather that has plagued us this winter and that a glorious, balmy spring is ahead!

We think all this lovely weather is the perfect opportunity to try some local walks so we’ve got some crackers for you this week. Firstly, a lovely stroll around Fairbourne, which is not far from Barmouth in Southern Snowdonia – about a 20 minute drive from the Oakeley Arms. There’s plenty to do here, not least exploring the little railway. So why not head south for a glorious Fairbourne Beach Walk?

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Where:              Fairbourne, Gwynedd

Distance:          Approx 4 miles

Difficulty:          Moderate

Start:                Fairbourne P&D beach car park (leave the A493 signposted for Fairbourne. Cross railway line and continue, to find car park on right). Postcode for sat nav is LL38 2EQ (approx).

Grid Ref:           SH 612 129

Maps:               OS Explorer OL23: Cadair Idris & Bala Lake

Directions: 

1: Leave car park, turn right away from sea and over railway line to walk back along road to junction with A493. Turn right; opposite petrol station take left turn for Ffordd yr Ysgol then shortly turn right through gate then left along path beside fence.

2: Through gate, walk up through woodland and through gate leading up short hill to see old quarries ahead. Veer right to go through gate beside house, then at far corner bear left through gate to barns. Cross track and find way-marked path passing barns and then through gate.

3: Continue on woodland path then at lane, turn left and follow it as it eventually bends sharp left. Soon afterwards (and just before house) turn right for path through gate and walk up to smaller gate. Follow path then bear left at fork.

4: At junction go right to meet gate; go through then follow left fork for track up hill. After passing trees, cross stream, through gate and pass entrance to old mine. Follow track to end and just before barn go right for way-marked path and walk beside wall then through gate.

5: Bear right at fork, through gate and ford stream, then along path beside it. Continue to reach barn, turning left then right at its corner (can be overgrown) to find a small way-marker on small hill. Walk just past way-marker then bear left for track through woodland and then gate.

6: Cross stream and follow path to eventually meet gate. Walk through, along path to track that leads to gate. Go through this one and follow stone track under tips to a lane (Ffordd Panteinion). Walk along this for 500 yards to main road.

7: Turn left (crossing road for the pavement) to pass houses and B&B. Continue for approx 500 yards then bear right for narrow lane by old toll-house. Follow lane under railway bridge then head up to the seafront by the corrugate iron hut. Turn right and walk along beach (if tide is out).

8: Continue for just over half a mile and leave the beach by main entrance to find car park ahead on right.

Points of Interest

1: Fairbourne was built by Arthur McDougall of the flour empire. He bought the land at the end of the nineteenth century but his grand plans for an exclusive seaside resort were never quite realised.

2: The beach at Fairbourne stretches for two miles, and is a blue flag beach.

**Please note that these directions are for guidance only. The Oakeley Arms can accept no responsibility for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use of this information. Always take a map with you and be prepared for the weather for turn. Do not venture out in bad weather and always take care with coastal tides.