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Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

A long sandy beach, popular with families. A land train runs along the promenade with donkey rides, swing boats and amusement arcades. The town can be busy, but the beach is big enough to get away from it all.


Windsurfing, surfing, canoeing, sailing, jet skiing and amusement arcades with a leisure centre nearby. The RSPBs Mawddach Woodlands and Ynys-hir and Cors Dyfi reserves are nearby - look our for ospreys!

Wildlife and Walks

At low tide it is possible to walk as far as Harlech to the north with wonderful views over Tremadog Bay. Snowdonia National Park and Coed y Brenin Forest Park are nearby, for more details on their trails, visit their visitor centre:

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by Natural Resources Wales, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2018 Excellent

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

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Facilities at Barmouth

Campsite Campsite Food Food



Parking available next to the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dog restrictions apply.

Beach cleaning

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