The good reputation that the Mid Wales coastline has for the standard of its bathing waters and sandy beaches has been endorsed by the latest survey results.
The vast majority of the beaches have achieved the highest rating of excellent or good, as 99 per cent of designated bathing water surveyed along the Welsh coast complied with strict European standards.
In the northern limb of the Cambrian Coast in Mid Wales, both Harlech and Llandanwg received an excellent rating and the beaches have achieved the Green Coast Award from Keep Wales Tidy.
Tony Bywater, chairman of caravan and motorhome dealership Salop Leisure, who owns Min-y-Don Holiday and Touring Park and Castle View Holiday Park in Harlech and Llandanwg Holiday Park, welcomed the latest bathing water results.
“We are very proud that we have three holiday parks within walking distance of probably one of the best beaches in Europe,” he said. “The fantastic, sandy beach is one of the main reasons why Harlech and Llandanwg are so popular with visitors.”
Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths is also delighted with the results. “Wales has some of the most beautiful coastline which attracts thousands of visitors every year.
“Maintaining our bathing waters to these high standards is essential if we are to continue selling Wales as a holiday destination.”
The Cambrian Coast is a magnet for hundreds of thousands of tourists during the summer holiday season and beaches are also popular for water sports and dog walking throughout the year.
Llandanwg has a sandy beach at the southern end of Tremadog Bay within the Snowdonia National Park. Backed by a small estuary with St Tanwg, a small 13th century church, hidden in the dunes, the car park is located next to the beach, allowing easy access for people with limited mobility. There is also the Y Maes beach café and public toilets.
The beach is popular for wind surfing, kayaking and sailing and also with fishermen the local catch includes dogfish, bass, flatfish and mackerel. Nearby Shell Island is a popular spot accessible by a low-tide causeway, with a beach, dunes and an amazing variety of shells.
The area also has a variety of wild flowers and breath-taking views.. Much of the land around the church is owned by the National Trust.
In neighbouring Harlech, the spectacularly located medieval castle, a World Heritage Site, sits behind the beach and provides a dramatic backdrop. Originally connected to the sea, the castle now stands some way inland with the town surrounding it.
There's good access to the beach via a 400m path from the car park close to the town's railway line crossing. The beach is an ideal place for children to play and is popular for both swimming and for walking across the broad sands.
Harlech is easily reached by bike using the National Cycle Route 8 which passes through the town. The dunes behind the beach are a prized feature and the reason behind the area's designation as a National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).