Beaches at Borth and Ynyslas
Published: Tuesday 26th Aug 2014
Written by: Ginnie James
One of the things we enjoy doing most as a family is spending the day in Borth and Ynyslas, on the Mid Wales coast. My little one just loves running along the promenade and skimming stones (or at least trying to!) at Borth and then making the short drive to the dunes and huge sandy beach at Ynyslas.
Borth is a friendly seaside village with a small range of shops where you can pick up essentials for a picnic, bucket and spades, ice creams and fish and chips. There are also three pubs along the High Street where families are welcomed and even a mainline train station.
The beach is a mixture of shingle and plenty of sand at low tide and a long promenade runs the length of the main stretch. Our dog is not so keen on the sea itself, so the restrictions on allowing dogs on the beach in Borth during the summer months suit him fine.
However at Ynyslas dogs are allowed all year round; although, as this is also a nature reserve, they do need to kept on leads in some areas. Ynyslas is simply a most beautiful dune backed beach and I am always amazed that whenever we go there it is not packed with people.
If you remember the BBC advert with the people flying the red kites, this was filmed here! For small charge you can park right on the sands at Ynyslas and there is a small visitors centre, open Easter to September, which explains the importance of the reserve to the rare wildlife that make the dunes their home.
There are also good toilet facilities which, let’s be honest, do often make a big contribution to the success of a day out with small children! From the centre you can take the walkways up and over the dunes to another section of the sandy beach.
There are quite a few steps so not great for pushchairs but my little girl loved the adventure of making her way through the dunes. She only has little legs, but even just past the age of 3, she managed the walk there and back. Spotting lizards and birds along the way helped as well!
Lizards at Ynylas Beach At either beach, at low tide, you should be able to spot the remains of forests that have inspired many myths throughout history of the lost lands of Cardigan Bay. The earliest record of one such myth, the Cantre’r Gwaelod (Lowland Hundred), dates back to 1250 and tells the tale of a kingdom lost beneath the waves when the floodgates are left open one night by a negligent courtier! For enjoying the simple pleasure of being by the sea, and for a traditional seaside holiday, this area of Cardigan Bay is great. Where did everyone else go when they were little and where do you enjoy visiting now?