Fairbourne

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Coordinates: 52°41′49″N 4°03′09″W / 52.69689°N 4.05241°W / 52.69689; -4.05241

Fairbourne
Fairbourne Village.jpg
Fairbourne viewed from Golwen slate quarry
Fairbourne is located in Gwynedd
Fairbourne
Fairbourne
 Fairbourne shown within Gwynedd
OS grid reference SH614130
Principal area Gwynedd
Ceremonial county Gwynedd
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town FAIRBOURNE
Postcode district LL38
Dialling code 01341
Police North Wales
Fire North Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
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Fairbourne is a village on the coast of Barmouth Bay to the south of the estuary of the River Mawddach in Gwynedd, surrounded by the Snowdonia National Park. Before the seaside resort was built the coastal area was known as Morfa Henddol, while the outcrop now occupied by the Fairbourne Hotel was called Ynysfaig. Fairbourne was founded as a seaside resort by Arthur McDougall (of flour making fame.) It is in an area listed by Gwynedd council for managed retreat due to rising sea levels [1]

The original Fairbourne Golf Club (now defunct) was founded in the early 1890s. The club disappeared in the early 1960s. [2]

Attractions[edit]

Beach[edit]

The Blue Flag beach at Fairbourne is a two mile stretch of beach, backed by steep pebble banks, which exposes a vast amount of golden sandy beaches from mid-tide level. At the northern end the beach joins the Mawddach Estuary, while at the southern end of the beach is squeezed between sheer cliffs and the sea. The beach is an attractive venture for people exercising their dogs, however, during the summer months there is a dog ban enforced on the central area. There is sufficient access to the beach for those visitors with prams and/or wheelchairs, making this a welcoming rural location for all. The beach is fronted by tank traps known as "Dragon's Teeth" dating from the Second World War.

Railway and Ferry[edit]

The Fairbourne Railway [1] has provided a link from the village to Penrhyn Point for over a century. It runs regular passenger services between April and October.

The Barmouth Ferry sails from the seaward end of the Fairbourne Railway to Barmouth/Abermaw.

Transport[edit]

Fairbourne railway station is served by the Cambrian Coast Railway, which runs from Machynlleth to Pwllheli and operated by Arriva Trains Wales

Arriva also operate a regular bus service to Dolgellau, Tywyn and Aberystwyth

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas, Rhidian (11 February 2014). "Sea level threat to force retreat of communities in Wales". BBC News. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  2. ^ “Fairbourne Golf Club”, “Golf’s Missing Links”.

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