Things to do

There cannot be too many hobbies and interests that are not catered for in and around Aberdovey. There are many beautiful walks for the casual and enthusiastic rambler, cycle routes, both on and off-road and a whole host of both wet and dry activities and pastimes that can be enjoyed.

Walking

From the village you can walk up into the hills and across to Pennal taking in some spectacular views of the Dovey Valley and passing Carn March Arthur and the Bearded Lake on your way. Alternatively, you could walk the old Roman Road, along the rocks and estuary as far as Picnic Island.

There are countless other walks in the area. Some of the most popular are - the banks of the Dysynni, Bird Rock, Talyllyn Lake, Dolgoch Falls, Cader Idris, Morfa Mawddach (pub at the end - a favourite!), Torrent Walk, and Precipice Walk.

Cycling

Main roads can be a little busy during the summer months but at other times and also on the smaller, quieter roads there are many routes ripe for exploring. The areas around Bryncrug, Bird Rock and the Dysynni Valley are particularly enjoyable. Cycle hire is available from Llanegryn or Tywyn.

There are a number of off-road cycle routes such as the Morfa Mawddach (pub at the end) and the Forest Enterprise Visitor Centre at Coed-y-Brenin, which has routes across the mountain and through the forest.


Water Sports

Aberdovey is an absolute paradise for water sports enthusiasts. The estuary is ideal for sailing, canoeing, windsurfing and water-skiing. The coastline up to Tywyn is popular with windsurfers and kite-surfers.

The coastline in Cardigan Bay has some lovely ports for those into yachting. Aberdovey has good facilities for yachts with moorings and quayside berths.
The best beaches run from the western tip of Aberdovey up to Tywyn - 4 miles of sand-dune-lined golden shoreline!
There are also several leisure centres within easy reach with indoor swimming pools and other sports facilities.


Fishing

Sea fishing can be enjoyed from the shore or on a fishing boat trip from the wharf opposite the apartment (www.aberdoveyfishing.com). Catches can be quite varied and mackerel, bream, pollock, skate and even sharks are quite common. The estuary is home to several types of flatfish and also the famous Aberdovey bass - the fighters of the fish world.

There is a good choice of game fishing too, from river fishing for sea trout (the Welsh "sewin") and the occasional salmon, to stocked lakes with brown and rainbow trout. There is also course fishing available at Trawsfynydd.


Pony Trekking

There are a number of nearby stables that provide Pony Trekking. Bwlchgwyn Farm Pony Trekking Centre has a good selection of horses and ponies suitable for persons of all ages and abilities. Non riders as well as experienced riders are catered for.


Golf

Aberdovey boasts an excellent 18-hole links championship golf course, which is set amongst the outstandingly beautiful scenery of the Snowdonia National Park, situated between the coastal dunes of Aberdovey beach and the Cambrian Mountains. It has superb facilities including a golf shop for all your equipment and clothing requirements. The restaurant and bar in the clubhouse will provide you with a warm welcome and a place to relax after your enjoyable round of golf. Handicap certificates are required.


Nature Reserves

Wildlife enthusiasts are well-catered for with a number of nature reserves nearby and the varied natural habitat of the area provides homes to many different species of creature, flora and fauna.

On the Southern side of the Dovey Estuary there is the RSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve with marshes, which encompass a range of wildlife habitats and contain a variety of wildfowl and migrant wading birds. The Nature Reserve has over 70 species of breeding birds. The RSPB have installed excellent hides with views over the salt marshes.

Also nearby on the Southern side of the Dovey estuary is the Ynyslas Nature Reserve, which is part of the Dyfi National Nature Reserve and is one of Wales' premier reserves. Its vast sand dunes and beach just south of the Dovey estuary are enjoyed by a quarter of a million people every year. Ynyslas dunes are remarkable. They are still growing, day by day, millimetre by millimetre, providing a home for many rare plants and insects. There is a Visitor Centre where you can see the dune building process involving the action of the earth, sea and wind. In the summer, the sand dunes are transformed into a colourful carpet of wild flowers and are especially renowned for their rare orchids.

Cader Idris is a magnificent mountain towering over the spectacular Mawddach estuary. The area contains some of the most dramatic scenery in Wales. It is of outstanding geomorphological importance including features such as the extensive Talyllyn fault, several corries and narrow summit ridges. Cader Idris is one of the most southern areas of Britain for arctic-alpine plants with species such as Least Willow and Purple Saxifrage.

Talyllyn Steam Railway

The Talyllyn Railway, the first preserved steam railway in the world, runs nearby through glorious countryside passing the magnificent Dolgoch Waterfalls.

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