Ynyslas (Welsh pronunciation: [ənɨ̞s-lɑs], meaning "blue island") is a small Welsh village about 1.5 miles north of Borth and 8 miles north of Aberystwyth, within the county of Ceredigion. It is sandwiched between a long sandy beach in Cardigan Bay and the beach in the Dyfi Estuary. The area between the sea and the estuary beach is made up of the Ynyslas Sand Dunes which are part of the Dyfi National Nature Reserve and home to many rare plants and animals. The sands of the estuary beach can be driven onto and parked upon. The nature reserve has a visitor centre with toilets and a small shop. At the start of some BBC 1 programmes it shows people flying kites on sand dunes and this was filmed at Ynyslas.
The Dyfi National Nature Reserve and the Ynyslas Sand Dunes are situated where mouth of Afon Leri joins the Dyfi Estuary at Ynyslas. Cors Fochno is situated to the east beyond the Afon Leri. At low tide the remains of an ancient submerged forest with stumps of petrified oak, pine, birch, willow and hazel are exposed on the beach.
From 1867 Ynyslas had a railway station on the Cambrian Railways, with sidings serving the riverside wharves. The Plynlimon and Hafan Tramway proposed to create a narrow-gauge line to the wharves in the 1890s but this was never built. Ynyslas railway station was closed by the London Midland Region of British Railways on 14 June 1965.
Borth Rowing Club stores its boat at, and launches from the Ynyslas Boatyard on the banks of the Afon Leri.
The beach is ideal for windsurfing, surfing and kiting both on the seafront and in the estuary.
Ynyslas was the home of the Aberystwyth Beach Cricket Society, under the name the Ynyslas Oval.
- The Long Distance Walkers' Association - Ceredigion Coast Path
- Anon. "Submerged forest". BBC home:Mid wales. BBC. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
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