Aberdyfi / Aberdovey
Aberdyfi is located on the northern shore of the Dyfi. The eastern part
of the town overlooks the mouth of the river, the western part
overlooks the sea in Cardigan Bay. The village has a population of
about 800 but this increases dramatically as holidaymakers flood the
town in summer. There are no heavy industries in Aberdyfi, the
majority of businesses are geared toward tourism although fishing and
golf also provide employment.
Aberdyfi from the park at Penhelig
Unusually, for such a modest sized village, it has two railway stations.
The main station is at the west end of the town, the smaller Penhelig
Halt is at the east end.
Aberdyfi only has one main road, the A493 which runs along the sea
front. Most businesses are along this road, a few are in a triangle of
roads formed from Copperhill Street and Church Street. The residential
part of the town is further inland on the hillside where many properties
enjoy spectacular views across the river.
In the centre of the town, is the Tourist Information Centre (TIC) and
behind it a pier, used mainly by fishing vessels, extends into the river.
Leading inland along the coast is the “Roman Road” leading to Picnic
Island. Both of these are misnomers as the road is actually a path built
for access when the railway lines were installed in the late 1800s and
the Island is only separated from mainland by a railway cutting!
Despite the influx of summer visitors, Aberdyfi has maintained the
charm of an old fishing village and thanks to control from Gwynedd
Council and Snowdonia National Park has not succumbed to ‘modern’
development. The only significant recent development has been the
demolition of the 100 year old ‘Black Sheds’ which have housed
Outward Bound equipment for many years. These have been replaced
with a larger and safer structure ‘Canolfan Dyfi’ which opened early in
2006.
Click here for links to Aberdyfi Businesses