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Aberdovey (Aberdyfi in Welsh) is a village on the estuary of the River Dyfi in north Wales. The village was founded around the shipbuilding industry, but is known best known as a seaside resort with a high quality beach which was awarded the Blue flag beach award in 2005. Other attractions in the village include the Plas Penhelig Gardens and a yacht club.

While the town centre is the seafront, yacht club, pier and beach, the town itself stretches back from the coast and up the steep hillside. The town lies in the midst of typical Welsh coast scenery (steep green hills and sheep farms). On the north bank of the Dyfi estuary, it is accessed by the A493 with Tywyn four miles to the north and Machynlleth 11 miles to the east.

Aberdovey is still a popular tourist attraction, with many returning holidaymakers, especially from the metropolitan areas of England, including the West Midlands, which is less than 100 miles to the east. Popular activities, apart from spending time on the beach, include many watersports, such as windsurfing, sailing, and canoeing on the estuary.

The village was the subject of the folk song, The Bells of Aberdovey (Welsh: Clychau Aberdyfi). The song refers to the legend of a submerged former kingdom under Cardigan Bay (Seithennin, the drunkard, having created the bay itself), and its bells which can, they say, be heard ringing beneath the water. The composer is unknown, but the words were written by John Ceiriog Hughes, during the 19th century. The same legend also inspired a Victorian era-novel The Misfortunes of Elphin (1829), by Thomas Love Peacock. The drowned kingdom of the legend also plays a major role in Silver on the Tree, the last book of The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper, parts of which are set in Aberdovey.

  Trains in Aberdovey: Aberdovey is on The Cambrian Line

 Pubs/Bars in Aberdovey:
 Bodfor Hotel
       Bodfor Terrace
       LL35 0EA

 Britannia Inn
       13 Sea View Terrace
       LL35 0EF
 01654 767426

 The Dovey Inn
       Sea View Terrace
       LL35 0EF

 The Harbour Hotel
       17 Glandovey Terrace
       LL35 0EB

 Plas Penhelig Hotel
       Plas Penhelig
       LL35 0NA

 Hotels in Aberdovey:
       LL35 0SA
 01654 767347

 The Dovey Inn
       Sea View Terrace
       LL35 0EF
 01654 767332

 The Harbour Hotel
       17-17A Glandovey Terrace
       LL35 0EB
 01654 767792

 Llety Bodfor Townhouse
       1-2 Bodfor Terrace
       LL35 0EA
 01654 767475

 Penhelig Arms Hotel & Restaurant
       LL35 0LT
 01654 767215

 Trefeddian Hotel
       LL35 0SB
 01654 767213

 B&B's/Guesthouses in Aberdovey:
       LL35 0NR
 01654 767273

 The Post Guest House
       5 Bodfor Terrace
       LL35 0EA
 01654 767201

 Sea Breeze
       6 Bodfor Terrace
       LL35 0EA
 01654 767449

 Restaurants in Aberdovey:
 The Old Coffee Shop
       13 New Street
       LL35 0EH
 01654 767652

 The Grapevine
       1 Chapel Square
       LL35 0EL
 01654 767448

 Panteidal Organic
       Pant Eidal Farm
       LL35 0RG
 01654 767322

 Cafes in Aberdovey:
 Bear Of Amsterdam Cafe
       Sea View Terrace
       LL35 0EE
 01654 767684

 E Nunn
       8 Glandovey Terrace
       LL35 0EB
 01654 767155

 Take Aways in Aberdovey:
 Walkers Quality Fish & Chips
       8 Bodfor Terrace
       LL35 0EA
 01654 767060

 Arts/Galleries in Aberdovey:
 The Gallery
       11 New Street
       LL35 0EH
 01654 767319

 Golf in Aberdovey:
 Aberdovey Golf Club
       Station Road
       LL35 0RT
 01654 767493

 Campsites/Carvans in Aberdovey:
 Plas Pant Eidal Holiday Village
       Plas Panteidal
       LL35 0RF
 01654 767573



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 Aberdovey/Aberdyfi - Black Bear, Low Tide

Aberdovey/Aberdyfi - Buoys

Aberdovey/Aberdyfi - Dyfi Beach, far away in time

Aberdovey/Aberdyfi - Marooned

Aberdovey/Aberdyfi - Marram Sunset

Aberdovey/Aberdyfi - Rope and Lobster Pots

Aberdovey (Aberdyfi) Fireworks show display on beach 2007

Aberdovey (Aber-Dyvi) - From 'A Topographical Dictionary of Wales' (1849)
ABERDOVEY (ABER-DYVI), a sea-port and bathing-place, in the parish of Towyn, union of Machynlleth, hundred of Estimanor, county of Merioneth, North Wales, 4 miles (S. S. E.) from Towyn: the population is returned with the parish. This place is pleasantly situated on the northern side of the mouth of the river Dovey, which here empties itself into Cardigan bay, and from which it derives its name. It stands on the road from Machynlleth to Towyn, and is rapidly rising into estimation as a bathing-place: the beach is highly favourable for bathing, being composed of hard firm sand; and several respectable houses, and a commodious hotel, have been erected of late years, for the accommodation of visiters. In the year 1827, a new line of road was opened from Pennal, which, proceeding along the northern bank of the Dovey, among scenery beautifully picturesque, and embracing a fine view of the opposite coast of Cardiganshire, and the estuary of the river, passes through Aberdovey, and is continued along the shore to Towyn. For nearly the whole of its extent from Pennal to Aberdovey, it is cut through the solid rock, which, in many places, exhibits its naked side, of different elevations, forming a pleasing contrast to the wooded declivity of the hill, which, from the base to the summit, is thickly clothed with trees and shrubs of various kinds, presenting, in conjunction with the broad estuary of the river, and the vernal blossoms of the mountain heath, a scene of picturesque beauty. The ride from Aberdovey to Towyn, along the sands, at low water, is extremely delightful. The road from Pennal to Machynlleth has also been much improved, thereby increasing the facility of access to this rising place, which, for these and other advantages, is greatly indebted to the exertions of A. Corbett, Esq., of Ynysymaengwŷn, in the parish. A chapel has been erected, which is in the gift of the Vicar of Towyn; and there are places of worship for Calvinistic and Wesleyan Methodists, with Sunday schools attached. Petty-sessions for the hundred are held here, alternately with Pennal, once in two months.

The port, which is a member of that of Aberystwith, possesses a considerable coasting-trade: the imports are coal, culm, grocery, limestone, bricks, timber, &c., and the exports, timber poles for the collieries, bark, lead-ore, and slates. The harbour is excellent, but there is a bar on the north side of the entrance to it, which is said to have assumed its present position in consequence of the wind blowing so frequently from the south: two buoys, the outer black and the inner red, were fixed upon this bar by the Corporation of the Trinity House, in March 1831. The river, which is here crossed by a ferry to the opposite shore of Cardiganshire, is navigable up to Derwenl�s, within two miles of Machynlleth. There are extensive slate-quarries in the neighbourhood, and mines of lead and copper, but the latter are only worked in proportion to the demand. In making the new road, a considerable number of early English coins was found; and a vase of the Tuscan shape, capable of holding about two quarts, was picked up on the sands opposite to the port, in 1824: it is composed of burnt clay, and is nearly covered with an incrustation of oyster and other marine shells. The district called Cantrev Gwaelod, or the Lowland Hundred, traditionally reported to have been inundated by the sea, as commemorated in some of the Welsh poems, is said to have been situated between this place and Harlech: it was a tract of great fertility and beauty, containing sixteen fortified towns and cities, subject to a petty prince, called Gwyddno Goronh�r; and is stated to have been swallowed up about the year 500. Ieuan Dyvi, a celebrated bard, who flourished about the close of the fifteenth century, was a native of Aberdovey.


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