Acclaimed by regular users as one of the best nudist beaches in the UK, Morfa Dyffryn Nudist Beach is located on the west coast of Wales, between Harlech and Barmouth, in the county of Gwynedd; in what some old Welsh woman once called ‘God’s Own Country’.
This location, despite, or perhaps because of its isolation, has been used by nudies since the mid-1930’s and the local authority took a decision – about twenty years ago – to erect notices designating a section of the beach for naked use. Hooray for nakedness!
And it definitely takes a certain kind of person to get their bits, baps and flaps out in this utterly inhospitable climate, but assuming that you fall into that category, then Morfa Dyffryn is actually a very beautiful place.
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 is regularly highly rated. In its 2017 Good Beach Guide, the beach received an Excellent rating which is the highest water quality rating given.
Morfa Dyffyrn is a large, flat, sandy beach backed by wonderful dunes that are part of the stunningly beautiful Snowdonia National Park nature reserve. Nearly a mile had been devoted to nudie bathing, but since being officially recognised, the nudie section has been reduced to a kilometre.
Nevertheless, and although popular with naked peeps from all over the world, this spacious beach offers visitors plenty of space for privacy. So feel free to get totally butt-starkers!
The size of the beach and the very mixed crowd – mostly families and young couples – makes first-time nudies feel particularly safe and not self-conscious in the slightest.
The official nudist 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. Great news!
Morfa Dyffryn Nudist Beach is a fabbo day out, and a lovely beach, but as always, please respect the fact that some people still like to wear clothes (weird, huh?!); so don’t flash your flaps at those conservative textile-wearing types, OK?! And double-definitely no ‘how’s-your-father‘ in the sand dunes! Clear? Good.
On the map, look for the heart-shaped bum !!
From the south, leave the A470 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 nudist beach is signposted from here.
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.
On the map, the naked bit of the beach is the southern end of the dunes, just next to the words ‘Wales Coast Path‘.
The beach has no facilities though there are toilets near the parking at the southern approach to the nudie bit. It’s probably best to bring everything you need from home, but as you won’t need to bring swimmers or additional clothing, you’ll have more room in your bags for some over-priced olives and some smelly French cheese. #nakedwin !