Morfa Dyffryn nude beach, near Barmouth 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, a few miles south of Harlech Castle, 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.
Bathing at Morfa Dyffryn
The 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's regularly highly rated. In its 2017 Good Beach Guide, the beach received an Excellent rating which is the highest water quality rating given.
Morfa Dyffryn 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 (just under two-thirds of a mile). Nevertheless, although popular with nudists from all over the world, this spacious beach offers visitors plenty of space for privacy.
They range from families and older couples to young singles. The size of the beach and the very mixed crowd makes first-time nudists (or naturists as they're called in the UK) feel particularly safe and unselfconscious here.
The official naturist section, at the northern end of the beach about a half hour walk from the nearest parking, is clearly marked with signs at both ends.
Since being designated official with its boundaries clearly marked, sunbathing in the dunes has been prohibited. The dunes are now regularly patrolled by the police and the beach patrol. As a result, many people report the beach is more relaxed and family-oriented than in the past.
Morfa Dyffryn Nude Beach Essentials
- Facilities: The beach has 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 windbreak of some kind. Also, although the dunes are a protected nature reserve and off limits, there are occasional reports of unwanted people watching from the top of the dunes. If you are not fully confident about baring all where you might be overlooked, it is worth keeping that in mind.
- 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. It's a 10 to 12-minute journey with trains running about every two hours through the day.
- Where to stay: Benar Beach Camping & Touring Park, in nearby Tal-y-bont, has a naturist area protected from view by a stone wall. The park has no website but it is listed in a variety of campground directories. For more information, telephone or write - Benar Beach, Talybont, Gwynedd, LL43 2AR, Wales, UK. Tel: +44 (0)1341 247571