Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Black Rock Beach

Totally Beachy
Here at the Oakeley Arms, we think we're pretty privileged to live in the stunning Snowdonia National Park. And while the rugged mountain ranges of the park are very famous, these jagged peaks sweep down to meet miles and miles of unspoilt and beautiful coastline.

The Oakeley Arms is just a stone's throw from several different beautiful beaches - at Harlech, Barmouth, Tywyn and Criccieth to name just a few.

One of our absolute favourites though is Black Rock Beach (Graig Ddu). It's so named because of the dark cliffs that line its western end. The sand dunes behind the beach form part of the Morfa Bychan Nature Reserve and are important dune habitats for wildlife and fauna.

The wide sandy bay is almost two miles long. All this space makes it popular with kite-flyers, blo-karters, dogs, kids and rounders' teams! But it's also a great location for water-sports and is frequently used by jet-skis, windsurfers and power boats.  Watch out for cars here though as they are permitted on the beach.

It's also a popular film location – it featured in a music video by British band Supergrass and in a film version of Macbeth. It was also the backdrop for the Manic Street Preachers album cover “This is my truth tell me yours”.

Stormy winter skies over Black Rock Beach

It might not be the weather to get out the deck-chair and beach towel, but a bracing walk along the beach is a great way to blow away the winter cob-webs!

Black Rock Beach is less than 10 miles from the Oakeley Arms Hotel. Head for Porthmadog and then turn left by the Post Office and follow the signs for Morfa Bychan.

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