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Photography by John Mason of Machynlleth

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Cardigan Bay Coast images: Aberystwyth to Barmouth

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COAST SUBCATEGORIES: Aberystwyth to Borth
Borth and Ynyslas The Dyfi Estuary: Glandyfi to Aberdyfi Bar Aberdyfi to Tywyn & Northward

Aberystwyth to Borth

Aberystwyth is the place to go when a huge swell is running and the waves are exploding against the sea-walls! It has its serene moments too, mostly captured whilst fishing. Further north towards Borth lies the interesting "Causeway" - Sarn Cynfelyn - an ancient glacial moraine that forms a ridge of boulders heading out to sea and strikingly visible at low tide.

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Wavecrash,Aberystwyth Prom Wavecrash, Aberystwyth Prom Wavecrash, Aberystwyth Prom Wavecrash, Aberystwyth Harbour Wavecrash, Aberystwyth Harbour
Wavecrash, Aberystwyth Harbour Wavecrash, Aberystwyth Harbour Wavecrash, Aberystwyth Harbour Wavecrash, Aberystwyth Harbour Wavecrash, Aberystwyth Harbour
Wavecrash, Aberystwyth Prom Wavecrash, Aberystwyth Prom The sea churns off Aberystwyth - ex-hurricane Katia, September 12 2011
Wavecrash at Aberystwyth - ex-hurricane Katia, September 12 2011
Wavecrash at Aberystwyth - ex-hurricane Katia, September 12 2011
Wavecrash at Aberystwyth - ex-hurricane Katia, September 12 2011
Waves crashing over Aberystwyth Stone Jetty - ex Hurricane Katia, Sept 12th 2011
Fishing boats heading in - Aberystwyth Mackerel-fishing at Aberystwyth Aberystwyth from Sarn Cynfelyn, Wallog
Sarn Cynfelyn, Wallog near Aberystwyth Cliffs north of Wallog, near Aberystwyth On Sarn Cynfelyn, Wallog, near Aberystwyth Low tide on Sarn Cynfelyn, Wallog, near Aberystwyth Sarn Cynfelyn, Wallog, near Aberystwyth
Wavecrash, Aberystwyth Stone Jetty
Wavecrash, Aberystwyth Stone Jetty
Wavecrash, Aberystwyth Stone Jetty
Wavecrash, Aberystwyth Stone Jetty
Wavecrash and car, Aberystwyth Harbour Wall
Wavecrash, Aberystwyth Prom, January 2014 Wavecrash, Aberystwyth Prom, January 2014 Wavecrash, Aberystwyth Prom, January 2014 Wavecrash, Aberystwyth Prom, January 2014 Wavecrash, Aberystwyth Prom, January 2014
Wavecrash, Aberystwyth Prom, January 2014 Wavecrash, Aberystwyth Prom, January 2014

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Borth and Ynyslas

Borth has arguably the finest beach in the area and it is famed for its surfing, the sky reflected in the wet sand,
the mysterious 6500 year old Fossil Forest that is exposed at times when the tide is out and its beachcombing.
Vulnerable to rising sea-levels and storms, a big new sea-defence project is currently underway.


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The Fossil Forest at Borth Beach
The Fossil Forest on Borth Beach
The Fossil Forest at Borth Beach - detail
The Fossil Forest at Borth Beach The clay root-bed of Borth's Fossil Forest
Dusklight on the surf - Borth Beach Dusklight on the surf - Borth Beach Last light after sunset - Borth Beach Sunset and sundog, Borth Beach Midsummer Twilight - Borth Beach
Huge downpour off Borth Beach Thunderstorms off Borth Beach Thunderstorms off Borth Beach Thunderstorms off Borth Beach with sandcastle-builder! Storm with wall-cloud from Borth Beach
Thundery snow-shower with huge anvil from Borth Beach on a November dawn
Snow-squall heading for Borth Beach Storm approaching, Borth Beach
Storms at nightfall, Borth Beach Borth Head on a winter afternoon
Surfer and waves, Borth Beach Kitesurfers on a stormy day, Borth Beach
Kitesurfers on a stormy day, Borth Beach
Windsurfing on a stormy day, Borth Beach
Windsurfing on a stormy day, Borth Beach
Borth and the beach
Borth and the beach
In the surf - Borth Beach
Silver surf - Borth
Borth and the beach from the hills above Aberdyfi
Dunlins at sunset - Borth Beach Wading-birds, Borth Beach
By-the-wind Sailor washed ashore at Borth Beach
Bluefire Jellyfish (with photographer's reflection in a bubble) - Borth Beach Clams washed ashore after a storm, Borth Beach
The Burns' Day Storm of 1990 at high tide, Borth
Big storm-surge, Borth 2007 Big storm-surge, Borth 2007 Twilight at Borth Beach, July 2011
Full moon reflected on sea, Borth, July 2011
Full moon reflected on sea, Borth, July 2011
Borth Sea Defences works, 2011 Borth Sea Defences works, 2011 Borth Sea Defences: building the Artificial Reef, August 2011
Borth Sea Defences: building the Artificial Reef, August 2011
Camel Rock, Borth
Borth from the popular reef to its south
Terns diving for fish, Borth south reef
Terns diving for fish, Borth south reef
Gannets and shearwaters flock over a baitfish shoal, Borth Summer 2011
Sunrise, clouds and wet sand, Borth
Sunrise, clouds and wet sand, Borth
Sunrise, clouds and wet sand, Borth
Sunrise, clouds and wet sand, Borth
Waterspout off Ynyslas Beach, September 4th 2011
Funnel-clouds and waterspout off Ynyslas Beach, September 4th 2011
Funnel-clouds and waterspout off Ynyslas Beach, September 4th 2011
Funnel-clouds and waterspout off Ynyslas Beach, September 4th 2011
Funnel-clouds and waterspout off Ynyslas Beach, September 4th 2011
Funnel-clouds and waterspout off Ynyslas Beach, September 4th 2011
Borth - ex-hurricane Katia, September 12 2011
Sea-fog rolling in, Borth
Oystercatchers at Borth
Gannet feeding-frenzy, Ynyslas
Windsurfer in a gale, Borth
Gale force 8 sea state, Borth
Storm force 10 sea state, Borth

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The Dyfi Estuary: Glandyfi to Aberdyfi Bar

The Dyfi is affected by tides almost up to Machynlleth, but the Estuary itself is widely regarded to start at Glandyfi. From there, it continues down past Gogarth, Frongoch Boatyard, Abertafol and Picnic Island and finally Aberdyfi, before the river meets the sea at the notorious Aberdyfi Bar - check out the shot of the Aberdyfi Lifeboat fighting its way over The Bar below! Ynyslas Dunes is a Nature Reserve famed for its biodiversity and spring flowers.

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Glandyfi and early morning train
High tide at Glandyfi Glandyfi big tide Glandyfi, early winter 2009 Ice-floes at Gogarth
Ice-floes at Gogarth, December 2010

Gogarth crossing in the depths of winter Ice-floes at Gogarth
Ice-floes at Gogarth
Ice-floes at Gogarth, December 2010
Storm brewing over Gogarth
Storm brewing over Gogarth Storm brewing over Gogarth Gogarth The great Mid-Estuary expanse of salt-marshes
Sunset, Frongoch Boatyard
Sunset at Frongoch Boatyard Estuary at dusk Channel near Picnic Island Channel near Picnic Island
Storm force 11 at Aberdyfi!

Aberdyfi
Sunset on the Estuary, Aberdyfi
High tide in the Estuary, Ynyslas
Aberdyfi Jetty
The Dyfi estuary from the hills to the north
Leri Estuary, boatyeard & rainbow
Dyfi and Leri Estuaries from hills to the north
Dyfi and Leri Estuaries from to the north
Dyfi and Leri Estuaries from hills to the north
Sandbanks towards Dyfi Bar

Jetskis off Aberdyfi
Aberdyfi Lifeboat battles its way over the Bar!
Aberdyfi estuary mouth from the hills to the north Winter sunset and snow, Aberdyfi Beach
Aberdyfi from the Leri outfall, Ynyslas

Looking up the Dyfi Estuary from the Leri outfall, Ynyslas
Marsh Samphire, Ynyslas
Incoming thunderstorm about to make holidaymakers flee the beach, Aberdyfi
Looking up the Estuary from the start of the salt-marshes, Ynyslas
Huge tide at Aberdyfi

Huge tide at Aberdyfi - detail
Dunlins - Dyfi Estuary at Ynyslas
Dunlins - Dyfi Estuary at Ynyslas
Yellow Flag Iris, Ynyslas
Marsh Helleborine, Ynyslas

Early Marsh Orchid, Ynyslas Dunes
Marsh Orchids, Ynyslas Dunes
Pyramidal Orchid, Ynyslas Dunes
Six spot burnet moth

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Aberdyfi to Tywyn and northwards

A similar beach to Borth gives way beyond Tywyn - site of a major sea-defence project recently -  to a rockier shoreline that abounds with wildlife. The Dysinni flows out to sea at Tonfanau, via the inland tidal lagoon of Broadwater. The coast from Tonfanau northwards consists of rapidly-eroding bouldery clay dumped by the glaciers of the last ice-age.

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Sunset at Tywyn Snow on the dunes between Aberdyfi and Tywyn Sunset, Tywyn beach Silver surf at Tywyn
Rough seas caught just right - Tywyn
Big back-blown surf - between Tywyn and Aberdyfi Big back-blown surf - between Tywyn and Aberdyfi Tonfanau Beach Coastal erosion - Tonfanau Beach
On Tonfanau Beach
New sea-defence works - Tywyn New sea-defence works - Tywyn New sea-defence works - Tywyn New sea-defence works - Tywyn Constructing the Tywyn sea-defences, 2010
New sea-defence works, 2010 - Tywyn
New sea-defence works, 2010 - Tywyn New sea-defence works, 2010 - Tywyn New sea-defences - Tywyn Cumulonimbus clouds and new sea-defences, Tywyn
Thrift at Tonfanau Lesser weever-fish (venomous) caught at Aberdyfi Valerian and Ox-eye Daisies, Aberdyfi Painted Lady butterfly on valerian - Aberdyfi
A Godwit patrolling Tonfanau Beach
Sea-thrift at Tonfanau
Burnet-moth on wild thyme, Tonfanau
Rest-harrow abounds behind the storm-beach at Tonfanau
Sea Sandwort (succulent plant) on the shingle at Tonfanau
Sea-holly at Tonfanau
Broadwater in Stormlight
Broadwater in Stormlight
Dysinni Mouth, Tonfanau
Remains of the Army-camp at Tonfanau
The Cambrian Coast line near Tonfanau

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