If you’ve ever visited Aberdovey and wondered about the beach on the other side of the estuary, then it’s called Ynyslas. Ynyslas is part of the Dyfi National Nature Reserve and provides three distinct habitats: Cors Fochno, an internationally important peat bog, the Dyfi estuary itself, which is an important feeding ground for wading birds, and the beach and sand dunes that are the main draw for a quarter of a million people every year.
The Visitor Centre houses a noisy dune making machine, as well as other interactive displays, that demonstrates how sand dunes are formed and is popular with children of all ages (including us).
If you fancy a spot of shell collecting, then I can certainly recommend Ynyslas. When we visited in Spring 2018, there were thousands of intact cockle, razor, and whelk shells some of which have found there way into a vase that now occupies pride of place in 17’s hall.
There are a couple of marked walks that take you through the area but you don’t need to stick to these and are free to wander. However, during spring and early summer some sections of the sand dunes will be roped-off to protect rare ring plover eggs which are laid directly on the ground. Dogs are welcome but not on the boardwalks.
Dune Walk (1.25 miles 2 kilometres)
Stride through the ever changing dunes and along the seashore, with stunning displays of flowers in spring and summer and colourful fungi in autumn.
Ynyslas Walk (2.5 miles, 4 kilometres)
Experience a rich variety of habitat including sand dunes, seashore, farmland and then saltmarsh, with stunning views of the estuary.
Directions to Ynyslas
Postcode: Ynyslas, Borth SY24 5JZ
Take the B4353 off the A487 – at Tre’r Ddol if coming from the north or at Bow Street/Rhydypennau and through Borth from the south. Turn off north up the beach road at Ynyslas and keep on to the end where there is beach parking.
You park on the beach itself for a fee of £2 (2018). The Visitor Centre is just back from the beach on your right and is open daily between 9am and 5pm from Easter until the end of September. The toilets close at dusk.
Away from the beach other nearby attractions include the Borth Station Museum which features displays of local railway history, and the Borth Wild Animal Kingdom – a zoo in miniature.