Mid Wales Coastline Excels in Bathing Water Survey

The picturesque beaches of Mid Wales
The picturesque beaches of Mid Wales

Tuesday, 28, Nov 2017 02:43

By William Coleman

It is very hard to find someone who has anything but positive things to say about Wales. The strong reputation that the Mid Wales coastline has for its high quality of bathing water and sandy beaches have been endorsed in the latest survey results.

The large amount of beaches in the UK have reached high ratings of excellent or good, as 99% of designated bathing waters surveyed along the Welsh coast have met the very strict European standards. I have been in the sea all round the UK and have had a lot of different experiences while having a dip. The Welsh shorelines have amazing beaches and very fresh clear waters.

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." Said Tony.

The praise does not stop there, 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."

Each year thousands of tourist from all round the globe flock to the Cambrian Coast during the summer season. The beaches are a beacon for watersport enthusiasts, dog walkers, sunbathers and families 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.

There is also quite a large wind surfing crowd who have found this beach to be a golden spot to surf, along with kayaking and sailing enthusiasts. For those who like a spot of angling the local catches include dogfish, bass, flatfish and mackerel. Once you have done spot of surfing and fished for your dinner you can pop to the nearby Shell Island which is accessible by a low-tide causeway, with a beach, dunes and amazing variety of shells to pick through.

As well as a perfect beach setting the area is surrounded by a variety of wild flowers and breathtaking view which much of the land owned by the national trust.

Not that anyone needed another reason to get themselves to Wales, but here is another perfect reason. Come summer time I will be spending a lot of time in Wales taking in all the beaches and scenery.

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