Borth is at the southern most tip of the dyfi.com coverage area. It isn’t
strictly speaking on the Dyfi at all as its entire length faces out to
Cardigan Bay and the Irish Sea. For completeness, as it is the largest
town to the south near the mouth of the river, it is included here.
Borth is a long narrow town with a beach running along its length for
about 5Km (3 miles). To the south is ‘Upper Borth’ which climbs steeply
to 100m above sea level, all the town itself and stretching to the
mouth of the Dyfi is only about 5m ASL and is protected from coastal
erosion by a long defence wall. Most of the surrounding land is
reclaimed marsh, now drained by numerous water channels and ‘Afon
Leri’, a canal dug in the 1800s to divert much of the water directly into
the Dyfi itself.
The only major road is the B4353 which runs behind the sea wall.
There is one train station on the Machynlleth to Aberystwyth track.
The town is very quiet during the winter months but becomes quite
lively with tourists in the summer. It is well served with eating and
drinking places and has adequate shops. Its main attraction is the
‘Animalarium’, a mini-zoo near the station. For the archeologists,
there is the remains of a petrified forest at the south end of the
beach. Tree stumps, long turned to stone, can be clearly seen in the
sand at low tide. Click here for the tide times. The times are for
Barmouth but the difference is only a few minutes.