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Fairbourne [no Welsh translation] is a village on the coast of Barmouth Bay to the south of the estuary of the River Mawddach in north Wales, surrounded by the Snowdonia National Park. Before the resort was built the coastal area was known as Morfa Henddol, while the outcrop now occupied by the Fairbourne Hotel was called Ynysfaig.
The Blue Flag beach at Fairbourne is a two mile stretch of beach, backed by steep pebble banks, which exposes a vast amount of golden sandy beaches from mid-tide level. At the northern end the beach joins the Mawddach Estuary, while at the southern end of the beach is squeezed between sheer cliffs and the sea. The beach is an attractive venture for people exercising their dogs, however, during the summer months there is a dog ban enforced on the central area. There is sufficient access to the beach for those visitors with prams and/or wheelchairs, making this a welcoming rural location for all. The beach is fronted by tank traps dating from the Second World War; known locally as "Dragon's Teeth," they did their job well, as no German tank managed to land on Fairbourne beach !
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