There cannot be too many hobbies and interests that aren't catered for in and around Aberdovey. There are many beautiful walks for the casual and enthusiastic rambler, cycle routes, both on and off-road and a whole host of both wet and dry activities and pastimes that can be enjoyed
From the village of Aberdyfi you can walk up into the hills and across to Pennal taking in some spectacular views of the Dovey Valley and passing Carn March Arthur and the Bearded Lake on your way. Alternatively, you could walk the Old Roman Road, along the rocks and estuary as far as Picnic Island.
There are countless other walks in the area but some of the most popular are - the banks of the Dysynni, Bird Rock, Talyllyn Lake, Dolgoch Falls, Cader Idris, Morfa Mawddach, Torrent Walk, and Precipice Walk. We have provided leaflets on many recommended walks so that you can fully enjoy your Aberdovey break.
The main road into Aberdovey can be a little busy during the summer months but at other times and also on the smaller, quieter roads there are many routes ripe for exploring. The areas around Bryncrug, Bird Rock and the Dysynni Valley are particularly enjoyable. Cycle hire is available from Bryncrug and Tywyn.
There are a number of off-road cycle routes such as the Morfa Mawddach and the Forest Enterprise Visitor at Coed-y- has routes across the Snowden mountains and through the beautiful forests.
Aberdovey is an absolute paradise for water sports enthusiasts. The estuary is ideal for sailing, canoeing, sail boarding and water-skiing. The coastline up to Tywyn is popular with surfers and the coastline in Cardigan Bay has some lovely ports for those into yachting. Aberdovey has good facilities for yachts with moorings and quayside berths.
The Aberfyi sailing fortnight, with racing most days and many social events operates from the Aberdovey yacht club at the end of July. Book early for an Aberdovey break around this period.
Conscientious powerboat, jet bike and Jet Ski owners are also welcome and there are launching facilities available through the Harbour Master. The best swimming/sunbathing beaches run from the western tip of Aberdovey up to Tywyn - 4 miles of sand-dune-lined golden shoreline!
Sea fishing can be enjoyed from the shore or on a fishing boat trip. Catches can be quite varied but mackerel, bream, pollock, skate and even sharks are quite common. The estuary is home to several types of flatfish and also the famous Aberdovey bass.
There is a good choice of game fishing too, from river fishing for sea trout and the occasional salmon, to stocked lakes with brown and rainbow trout. There is also course fishing available at Trawsfynydd.
Escorted trips out for sea fishing can be arranged with http://www.aberdoveyfishing.com/
Aberdovey golf club is A CHAMPIONSHIP LINKS COURSE RATED IN THE TOP 100 IN THE UK
Set amongst the outstandingly beautiful scenery of Snowdonia National Park, situated between the coastal dunes of Aberdovey beach and the Cambrian Mountains, this 6,454 yard challenge is a gem of a traditional seaside links course. Over the years the Club's 18 holes, which are steeped in over 100 years of golfing history, have hosted many championships – it is regularly the venue of the Welsh Seniors' Championship.
|In Aberdovey you will find a warm welcome - and not just from the Club's Members and staff. The lie of the land, the hills and the sea make Aberdovey maintainable both warmer and drier than places as near as 10 miles away. Because of this, and being built on free-draining sand, they very rarely suffer from course closures, temporary tees or greens. Winter greens can be as good as many courses in late spring - it is a great place to play golf all the year round! http://www.aberdoveygolf.co.uk/
Aberdovey Castle was constructed in 1156 to defend the area against attacks by Owain Gwynedd. Known in Welsh as Domen Las, Aberdovey is a motte castle with surrounding deep ditches, which utilises its position above the River Dyfi and its marshes
The Normans attacked Aberdovey Castle and briefly captured it in 1158, but it was soon retaken. Lywellyn ap Gruffyd held an assembly at the castle in 1216, at which he distributed land in South Wales to the attendant Welsh Princes in return for their homage.
The nearby marshes on the southern side of the estuary, which encompass a range of wildlife habitats, are owned by the Dyfi National Nature Reserve and contain a variety of wildfowl and migrant wading birds. The RSPB Ynyshir Reserve has over 70 species of breeding birds. The RSPB have installed excellent hides with views over the estuary.
Other things to do
There simply isn't room to cover everything here, but rest assured within the area are facilities for pony trekking, clay pigeon shooting, quad bike riding, dry-slope skiing, and of course, a good selection of golf courses. There are several leisure centres within easy reach with the usual sports facilities and indoor swimming pools.
The area is also a Mecca for artists with numerous galleries and painting scenes galore. Wildlife also well-catered for with the varied natural habitat of the area providing homes to many different species of creature, flora and fauna.