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Morfa Bychan
Traeth Morfa Bychan
Traeth Morfa Bychan
Farmland near Morfa Bychan
Farmland near Morfa Bychan
Population 524 
OS grid reference SH544374
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LL49
Dialling code 01766
Police North Wales
Fire North Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament
  • Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Welsh Assembly
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52°54′50″N 4°09′50″W / 52.914°N 4.164°W / 52.914; -4.164Coordinates: 52°54′50″N 4°09′50″W / 52.914°N 4.164°W / 52.914; -4.164

Morfa Bychan is a village located in Gwynedd, North Wales, with a population of over 500, with an almost equal number of people born in England or Wales.

The village

Situated on the Llŷn Peninsula just west of Borth-y-Gest and Porthmadog, Morfa Bychan can be reached from Porthmadog via the Borth-y-Gest/Morfa Bychan road or a country lane off the A497.

Morfa Bychan has a small supermarket, a fish-and-chips shop, a gift shop and a children's playground.

The village also contains Porthmadog Golf Club and is near to the Glan Morfa Trout fishery.

Traeth Morfa Bychan

Morfa Bychan has a beach known as Traeth Morfa Bychan which stretches for two miles from the eastern end of the National Trust's Ynys Cyngar on the Afon Glaslyn (River Glaslyn) estuary along Tremadog Bay to Criccieth beach which is accessible at low tide. It is unusual as cars are allowed onto it, although this means that there can be problems with irresponsible drivers. The sea along Traeth Morfa Bychan is shallow, with a gentle gradient making it ideal for swimming and paddling. Dogs are allowed on the eastern and western sections of the beach but are banned from the central section. It also has designated bathing and boat-launching areas.

The sand dunes of Traeth Morfa Bychan are a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Part of the 1971 film Macbeth was filmed at Traeth Morfa Bychan.

The cover picture from the Manic Street Preachers album This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours was taken at Traeth Morfa Bychan.

Ynys Gyngar

There is also a small beach below the National Trust's Ynys Cyngar, the original point where Madocks was going to site a port before moving it to Porthmadog.

Caravan parks

There are a number of caravan parks at Morfa Bychan including Greenacres, Garreg Goch, Cardigan View and Glan Morfa Mawr, the largest of which is Greenacres. There is also a touring and camping site just outside the village by Black Rock Sands.

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