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Before launching your craft it is vitally important for your own personal safety and the safety of others that you take the time to read carefully the

Rules & Regulations as set out by Gwynedd Council. Please adhere to these rules and regulations at all time.

The town of Aberdyfi is one the most southerly towns in the county and right on the border with Ceredigion. It is a very picturesque place and also a National Nature Reserve.

During the summer Aberdyfi is very busy with all types of watersport enthusiasts making the most of the idyllic location and facilities.

There is one main slipway for launching you PWC in the town, which is located next to the Harbour Masters office, and close to the sailing club and RNLI station. (You may notice the slipway next to the RNLI station. This slipway is for dinghy launching only- PWC launching is prohibited)

As you can see from the photo the main slipway is wide and leads down to a fairly solid surface that is a combination of pebbles, stones and hard sand. Trailers are permitted to be left on the shore and should be done so as not to obstruct others, and should be secured at all times.

It is not permitted to leave vehicles on the slipway or the shoreline. Vehicles should be parked in the designated pay and display car parks located further along the seafront.

There is a 4 knots speed limit if you take your craft up the Dyfi River and in the inner harbour area (see exclusion zone map below).

There are a number of shops, bars and restaurants in Aberdyfi, with toilet facilities near to the launch site.

(Ordnance Survey Ref : OS 615958)

From A5 take the A494 towards and through the town of Bala.

Once you have gone through Bala you should stay on the A494 until you reach Dolgellau, where you should join the A470 and head south towards Machynlleth.

After joining the A470 continue on this road until you reach the cross foxes junction where you need to turn onto the A487 towards Machynlleth. This road will take you high into the mountains, passing the mountain of Cader Idris on your right hand side. Continue along this road until you arrive at the bridge over the Dyfi River, then take a right turn before the bridge onto the A493.

Continue on the A493 until you reach Aberdyfi. The slipway is on your left hand side just before the main harbour buildings (Sailing Club, Tourist Information centre, RNLI etc). Parking is further along the A493 and is pay and display.

From Shrewsbury follow the A458 towards and through Welshpool until you reach Mallwyd where you should turn left onto the A470. You should then continue straight ahead onto the A489 at Cemmaes Road roundabout towards Machynlleth.

Option 1

Now you can either take the B4404 road at a right hand turn shortly after you have joined the A489 and continue until you reach the A470 where you should turn left onto the A470 towards Aberdyfi before then turning right onto the A493 towards Aberdyfi.

Option 2

Your other option is to continue on the A489 into Machynlleth and then turn right onto the A487, crossing the bridge over the river Dyfi and taking a left onto the A493 towards Aberdyfi.

Once you arrive in Aberdyfi the slipway is on your left hand side, just before the main harbour buildings (Sailing Club, Tourist Information Centre, RNLI etc). Parking is further along the A493 and is pay and display.

Useful Numbers

Harbourmaster : 01654 767 626 or 07879 433 148

Coast Guard (Holyhead) : 01407 762 051

VHF : 12 / 16

Maritime Office : 01758 704 066

In an Emergency call 999

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