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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.

Updated 2020 Zone map 

The popular seaside town of Tywyn is located on the southern coastline of Gwynedd, and is very much a traditional holiday town that becomes very busy during summer.

The slipway (pic.2) in Tywyn is located at the southern end of the promenade, and as you can see from the pictures below it is quite a wide slipway. This helps speed up the launching / recovery process by reducing waiting time.

You will notice however, that like many of the slipways around the county during low tide you are not able to launch directly off the slipway. This means that you must either push your craft from the slipway and along the beach or if conditions permit, take you vehicle down to the beach (a 4 wheel drive vehicle should have no problems, however care should be taken and conditions checked if using a two wheel drive car).

*Important update from one of our Facebook Group Sam Jac, who launches at Tywyn*

“Me and my friends used to regularly use Tywyn slipway throughout last season. however this year due to the sand movement caused by the storm of last winter its nearly impossible to drive on. Any 2wd vehicle will sink once you leave the concrete and our friends with 4wd vehicles also get stuck every time they go on there.”

There is no designated parking area for those launching craft, but there are a number of car parks along the promenade. Trailers should be made secure and left clear of the main slipway either on the main beach if tidal conditions permit, or as directed by warden.

There are a number of seafront shops and cafes in Tywyn, and toilet facilities are located close to the launch area.

Tywyn is also a popular locating for surfers, so please adhere to the speed restrictions in the exclusion zones, to ensure everyone’s safety.

(Ordnance Survey Ref : OS 579001)

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. As you head down this road back into the valley you will see a turning towards Tal-y-Llyn and Tywyn. Take this right hand turn and follow the B4405 all the way into Tywyn.

Once you are in Tywyn follow the signs directing you towards the “Beach” or “Traeth” going around the one way system. Bearing left here, pass the garage then take a right hand turn under the bridge towards the promenade. Continue on the promenade to the far end, where you will see the entrance to the main slipway.

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 A487 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 have joined the A493 towards Aberdyfi continue along this road through Aberdyfi and into Tywyn itself. Once you have entered the town of Tywyn take the left hand turn towards the Beach or “Traeth”. The slipway will be right in front of you as you approach the promenade.

Useful Numbers

Aberdyfi 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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