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Trail: Dune Walk Dyfi Ynyslas NNR (0)
Contributor: NatResWales Activity Type: Walking Difficulty: Easy Distance: 1.209 mi (1.945 km)
Description: Try our way marked circular Dune Walk from the car park for a full dune experience. The Dune Walk takes in a rich variety of the wildlife that Ynyslas is protected for from dune ridges and slacks to the open beach and shoreline. Alternatively simply follow your nose and take in the wide open spaces, spectacular views and the sounds of wind, sea and birds!

During the summer months the established dunes can be a riot of colourful flowers with abundant butterflies. During late May and June the rich variety of marsh orchids in the flat dune slacks are at their best often against a yellow background of birdsfoot trefoil. As we go in to July and August the dune ridges and slopes show their rich diversity of flowers with thyme, lady's bedstraw and rest-harrow forming a multi coloured carpet of pink, yellow and purple. All these flowers attract a multitude of insects including the common blue butterfly, the cinnabar moth with its crimson wings and the fabulous dark green fritillary.


The boardwalk on the southern section on the due walks allows for stunning panoramic views along the coast. If you're really lucky you might see a dolphin out to sea. Walking along the beach section you never know what you might see from the various types of shells to small wading birds like the ringed plover feeding by the water's edge.

For those wanting to track a bit further then why not visit the submerged forest near Ynyslas turn or Borth. The remains of old tree stumps from 4 to 6 thousand year ago can be seen on the beach at low tides, a reminder of a period when the sea level was a lot lower.

If you have time to spare and feel like seeing a different side to the reserve, why not try the Cors Fochno boardwalk ? Cors Fochno is one of the largest and finest remaining examples of a raised peat bog in Britain.

Although it is not open to visitors due to its treacherous nature, the 1.5 kilometre circular boardwalk route takes you around the edge of the bog. The bog's surface is dominated by a tapestry of gold and red sphagnum mosses which is particularly vibrant in the summer. Many rare and unusual species live here including insectivorous plants like sundews, the rosy marsh moth and small red damselfly.

Walk distance: 1 mile / 2 km

Terrain: Easy.


Start and finish: The Dyfi visitor centre car park.

Facilities: The visitor centre and small shop at Ynyslas is open from Easter to August. Call in and discover more about this fascinating nature reserve. There is a car park with mobile ice-cream and drinks vendor in the summer. There is a charge for car parking. The toilets are open seasonally from Easter to September.

Getting there: Ynyslas is two kilometres north of Borth on the B4353.

Safety: Please note, the beach at the reserve has a red flag for bathing due to the dangerous strong todal currents. This means that swimming is not allowed. The car park is on tidal sands, which are covered by seawater on high spring tides.

Please ensure you are prepared for all weather conditions and wear suitable clothing and stout footwear for your walk.

This walk is supplied by Natural Resources Wales. It is subject to Trailzilla copyright terms and conditions.

It can be found on the Natural Resources Wales website along with other walks in their woods and national nature reserves.

Use the family of Countryside Codes to help you prepare and enjoy safe visits to the countryside. https://naturalresources.wales/out-and-about/planning-your-visit/the-countryside-codes/?lang=en
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