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Lively seaside town, with long sandy beach.
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5th May 2004
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The pleasant seaside town of Aberdovey is popular with holidymakers from the Midlands and is a little more upmarket than Borth on the other side of the Dovey Estuary. The town is fronted by a harbour into the Dovey Estuary and a sandy beach that stretches around the coast to Tywyn.

Plenty of accomodation, cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops are available in Aberdovey itself and the beach and nearby dunes are pleasant places to spend sunny days. Mind you, as with most places along this coast it can looked pretty drab and uninviting on a cold wet February day.

The beach is an excellent place for kite flying and to launch for kite-surfing and windsurfing. The currents can get pretty strong as you basically launch into the main channel of the river but the estuary itself is fairly well enclosed so although you may drift pretty quickly you should be OK...Beginners should be particularly aware of the currents though and get back to the beach before they drift too far.

For more experienced windsurfers it is possible to windsurf in the channel at low tide, but high tides are best as you then have the whole estuary to play in. Southerly winds are onshore but give you the whole channel to blast up and down in choppy conditions. Westerly and Easterly winds allow you to blast backwards and forwards to Aberdovey, but watch out for the sometimes shallow sandbars. NW winds are good as they allow you to sail out across the estuary towards the northern edge of Borth beach and out into the waves that break on the Dovey Bar.

There are also several lagoons that are perfect for kitesurfing in.
Sports Suitability
Surf Conditions at Aberdovey are Unknown
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Buggying Conditions at Aberdovey can be Excellent
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Windsurfing Conditions at Aberdovey can be Excellent
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Kitesurfing Conditions at Aberdovey can be Excellent
Wind Suitability
Windsurfing at Aberdovey Kitesurfing at Aberdovey
NW   N   NE
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NW   N   NE
SW   S   SE

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Author:Beachguide Comments » Aberdovey
Posted By: shem

Member#: 150
Registered: 23-02-2003
Last Visit: 27-11-2020

Mood: ##kite board demo centre##stan

The Aberdyfi beaches provide perfect locations for most water and kite sports. The estuary itself is an ideal wind surfing spot. Towards the mouth of the estuary is a mid-low tide lagoon, which is generally waist deep, and a perfect spot for kite surfing, and works in virtually any wind, (not great in a n, nw). Kite surfing can be good in the aberdyfi side of the estuary, but watch out for massive tidal rips and loads of moarings, ( stay well away from the jetty). Miles of beach up toward the grave yard end,( see grave yard review), makes it ideal for any land bassed kiting.

The village itself is a busy, fun, little spot.
Posted By: Craig_M.

Member#: 7122
Registered: 25-10-2007
Last Visit: 12-11-2007

Mood: **Praying for Wind**

I see that camping is available at this location, but where is it exactly. Can I just put a tent on the beach or are there legal restrictions on where you can camp?

Posted By: shem

Member#: 150
Registered: 23-02-2003
Last Visit: 27-11-2020

Mood: ##kite board demo centre##stan

theres a camp site approx a mile away called "caethle", pretty basic but ok. I couldnt say that you can camp on the beach, cos id probably get in trouble for that! However if I was going to do it myself, Id go to the grave yard beach in the dunes, where its pretty sheltered and cant be seen from the road, aaiii!
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