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Gorgeous self-catering cottages to rent near Barmouth or in the seaside town

A long stretch of golden sands extends northwards, far into the distance, from the town of Barmouth in Cardigan Bay. The immediate are close to the town centre held Blue Flag status in 2016 and perhaps beyond. Whether or not a beach passes the rigorous standards for this status is regularly assessed and may be lost if standards fall. Barmouth is a very good beach in terms of the quality of the sand, the length and breadth of the beach. There is ample space for numerous visitors and never feels crowded.

Barmouth Promenade

A walled promenade runs along the length of the beach for miles and there are access points at intervals. The flat surface is perfect for any wheeled devices such as pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Barmouth Beach promenade

Safe Blue Flag Beach in Cardigan Bay

The beach shelves into the sea very gently so that it is safe for children paddling. Lifeguards work on the beach during the summer, keeping a watchful eye on holiday antics. Children may enjoy a ride on a donkey along the sands.

Barmouth Beach donkey rides

Public toilets for the Blue Flag end of the beach are just within the town, a road or two back from the beach. There are also various eateries where tourists can obtain refreshments and use the facilities. Another toilet block serving the beach is further north on the coastal road.

Barmouth is one of the few very good beaches that caters for everyone. The Blue Flag section caters for families with children and the rest of the beach from the donkey rides and sand dunes onwards is open to dog owners all year round. Marram grass grows across the sand dunes plus sea holly and some wild flowers. There are sheltered pockets out of the wind where it is pleasant to picnic or quietly read a book.

Barmouth beach sand dunes

Dog owners come to holiday in Barmouth and south Snowdonia is large numbers. It is rare to find a beach that welcomes dogs during the height of summer. Snowdonia is a magnet for hikers and ramblers, an impressive number of trails lead through stunning scenery with waterfalls, panoramic views and seascapes.

The town is full of tourists accompanied by dogs of every breed and bowls of drinking water are left outside most eateries.
A wide range of cafes, pubs and restaurants serve up all kinds of food - some better than others. Although many people come to holiday in self-catering accommodation, most will eat lunch out during a day on the beach. The best way to find good quality places to eat is to ask local people on arrival or to research reviews on the web. A good number of hotels and B&Bs also welcome non-residents for meals and drinks.

Barmouth Church and townscape

Barmouth, in a similar fashion to many other towns in southern Snowdonia, consists of houses and public buildings made of grey coloured stone. St. John's church with a dark creepy appearance overlooks the town from an elevated position on the hill. From a high vantage point, it is possible to see the harbour and estuary at the southern end and the old wooden bridge that now partially crosses the mouth of the Mawddach Estuary. A superb 18 mile length of traffic-free cycling and walking path passes through peaceful countryside from Barmouth to Dollgellau.


Lots of different types of holiday accommodation in Barmouth

There is a huge variety of holiday accommodation to choose from if planning to pay a visit to Barmouth. There are numerous B&Bs and hotel overlooking the beach, self-catering apartment and cottages. Any holidaymakers with their own transport may wish to rent a Welsh holiday cottage or pine lodge a little distance outside the town and enjoy the sights and sounds of the countryside and a tranquil setting.

Barmouth holiday accommodation

Parking in Barmouth

There is ample parking in Barmouth, in the various car parks or along the promenade The town end of the parking by the beach fills up early during the day but there is plenty more further north but still within walking distance.