Visit Wales is continuing with its themes of ‘Epic’ years. So far we’ve had the Year of Adventure, and the Year of Legends. 2018 is the Year of the Sea.
In Barmouth there are so many ways to appreciate the sea. Without it, Barmouth would not exist. The first settlers almost certainly arrived by sea, and for much of its history life would have been dependent upon it. Early industry focused on shipbuilding in the estuary with the local forests of oak used as the main construction material.
Once the railway arrived in 1867, Barmouth really took off with the first tourists visiting to experience life beside the sea. The Victorian terraces built to accommodate the visitors shaped the town as we know it today with the boarding houses going up all along Marine Parade and St John’s Church being built.
In the early part of the 20th Century, Harley Street doctors recommended trips to Barmouth for the ‘sea air’ — apparently good for all sorts of ailments - and spa facilities were available for those suffering from a variety of diseases.
Today we can offer all the benefits of the sea, whether you like to be in it, on it or beside it!
In the Sea
Barmouth beach is amazing! Miles of golden sand, gently sloping towards the sea and although it can be bracing sea swimming is great. So long as you take note of a few safety rules Don’t try to swim near the mouth of the river as the currents can be strong, don’t go out of your depth, and never swim alone. If you see someone in difficulty, don’t risk your own life, but dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.
On the Sea
Stand up Paddleboarding is all the rage now. And you can have a go in Barmouth, Based at the Yacht Club they have sessions for all abilities from a short taster to a longer expedition. Also from the Yacht Club you can go kayaking and sailing. If you prefer to let someone else do the work, then leisure trips are available from the harbour up the estuary, along with fishing trips to try your luck out in the bay. Or of course you could just take the famous ferry across the mouth of the estuary to Penrhyn Point and enjoy Barmouth from a different perspective.
Beside the Sea
There are so many different ways to enjoy being beside the sea in Barmouth. From building sandcastles on the beach, riding donkeys, eating candy floss and ice cream to walking and cycling along the coast path or the Mawddach Trail. And what better place to return to after a day exploring the Snowdonia National Park than Barmouth? Many guest houses and holiday lets offer sea views so you can fall asleep at night to the gentle sound of lapping waves.
The sea is a constant backdrop to life here in Barmouth, with sunrise over Cadair Idris lighting up the Mawddach estuary to sunset over the Llŷn Peninsula setting the beach alight.
Celebrating the Sea
Throughout the year in Barmouth there are events which take advantage of the sea and coastline. In January there is a New Years Day swim for the brave-hearted, raising money for the RNLI with warm drinks and a sense of achievement for those mad enough to go in.
As the year goes on there are the Three Peaks Yacht race, Paddlesports festival, Kite festival, Walking festival, Hurly Burly swim, Motorcross and as the year draws to a close the Fireworks and Bonfire night.