Morfa Dyffryn nude beach, on the west coast of Wales, was made an official nude beach in 2000 but it has been a clothes free beach by custom since the 1930s. The beach, between Barmouth and Harlech, is on Barmouth Bay, a section of the Cardigan Bay coast. It is popular with nude bathers from all over Britain for about a kilometer of unspoiled coast and clean, but cold,water.
Marine Conservation Society's annual Good Beach Guide, doesn't list Morfa Dyffryn separately but rates it along with Barmouth Beach of which it is a part. It regularly receives a rating of Recommended (highest water quality standard).
Morfa Dyffryn Nude Beach Essentials
- Description: This is a very large, flat, sandy beach backed by dunes that are part of the Snowdonia National Park nature reserve. Nearly a mile had been devoted to nude bathing but since being officially recognized, the nude section has been reduced to a kilometer. Nevertheless, although popular with nudists from all over the world, the size of this beach means visitors can find plenty of space and privacy.
- Facilities: The beach as no facilities though there are toilets near the parking at the southern approach to the nude beach.
- Warnings: The water here achieves the highest European standards for bathing, but it can be very cold. And, even in warm weather, cold breezes are possible so it's advisable to bring along a wind break of some kind.
- Getting there From the south, leave the A 470 at Llanelltyd to join the A496 coast road. After the village of Tal-y-bont look for a sign that says Traeth - the Welsh word for beach - and follow a lane to a car park near the beach. Take the boardwalk through the dunes. The nude beach is signposted. It is also possible to walk, about two miles, from Dyffryn Ardudwy station on the Welsh coastal rail line from Barmouth.