Harlech Beach is one of the finest beaches in Britain. It’s five miles long and so gently sloping that there can be a mile between low tide and high tide.

This makes it really safe and, in the summer, surprisingly warm. A combination of a huge flat expanse of warm sand, hot sun and shallow water provides ideal bathing conditions.

You get to the beach by walking down the drive, through the National Trust field, than down the 88 steps of the zig-zag path. You’ll find the railway line at the bottom. Watch out for the trains — there’s at least one a day.

In September 1988 a leatherback turtle, Y Crwban Môr, was washed up on the beach. It was about 100 years old, the largest and heaviest turtle ever recorded, measuring almost 3m (9ft) in length and weighing 914 kilos (2,016 pounds).

At the very far end of the beach, at exceptionally low tides, you can make out the wreck of a WWII USAF Lockheed P38 Lightning. The pilot survived the crash.


Between April 1st and September 30th dogs are excluded from the stretch of beach to the north of the Town Beach entrance, which is about a mile from the bottom of the zig-zag path. Dogs are allowed in our section.