Watersports & Beaches
In Snowdonia you are never far from the coast - the nearest beach, Black Rock Sands (6 miles), a quiet, attractive, unspoilt sandy beach ideal for buckets and spades, kites and games. They allow cars on the beach for a small charge. Borth-y-Gest, just past Porthmadog, is a lovely little harbour village with walks along the coastline and some small beaches.
The beautiful isle of Anglesey has beaches and spectacular coastlines to suit everyone, from the tranquility of Rhoscolyn to the excitement of Rhosneigr, one of the most popular windsurfing and kitesurfing beaches in the country. You can also try surfing and the fast-growing sport of paddle boarding here. Lessons and equipment hire is available in the village. It's easy once you get the hang of it and great fun for all the family.
Snowdonia has probably the best canoeing facilities in the UK for all abilities. White water rivers, lakes, and surf beaches are all within easy reach.
White water options abound but there are many tidal estuaries and nearby lakes, and the coastline offers boundless scope for sea kayaking. There are several specialist companies offering guided adventures for all abilities - try the National Mountain Sports Centre, Plas y Brenin who run an extensive range of courses, including mountaineering and rock climbing, throughout the year.
Hells Mouth in Abersoch is the most popular destination for surfing – boards and equipment can be hired from local shops in the village. Abersoch is also a hugely popular destination for dinghy sailing, with regular regettas held over the summer season. You can also try sailing, windsurfing and other water related activities at Plas Menai, the National Watersports Centre, just a 20 minute drive away.