The Broad Water

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The Broad Water is a salt water lagoon a mile or so north of Tywyn. The lagoon is formed from the salted-up estuary of the River Dysanni and is a popular spot for fishing and canoeing. The wetland is a huge draw for birdwatchers and nature lovers alike as it is a haven for many birds including moorhen, coots, swans, nesting cormorants, buzzards, grebes and various species of duck, including the red-breasted merganser.

If you fancy a break from the hurly burly of the beach, then park-up on Ynysymaengwyn and work your way northwards until you get to a short bridge. This marks the start of your walk as the path takes you all the way to the Dysynni railway bridge and the beach, if you’ve got the time. We only visited the Broad Water this year (2020) on a beautiful autumn day, jumpers only needed, and decided on a circular route coming back through a field full of sheep. Alternatively, head towards the church and take the road alongside it (Ffordd Gwalia Road) as this leads to the Broad Water.

The Broad Water Lagoon is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest so equip yourself with a set of binoculars and enjoy a spot of twitching.

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