Aberdyfi (or Aberdovey, to give it its English name) nestles at the foot of a steep flank of the mouth of the River Dovey. The town is a popular seaside destination today, but its past has been shaped by more industrial activities. During the 1700s copper was mined in what is now Copperhill street, and there was also lead mining. During the 19th century the town was an important shipbuilding centre and port, with slate and oak bark the major exports. Later in the 19th century the Aberdyfi and Waterford Steamship Copmany imported livestock from Ireland; by now there was a railway and the livestock were transported on by rail. The town's shipbuilding past is recalled in an exhibition housed in the Aberdyfi Information Centre. The exhibition also recounts a legend about a land submerged beneath the sea in Cardigan Bay. The legend is also the subject of a Victorian song called The Bells of Aberdovey, arising from the notion that the sound of bells from the lost land can be heard below the water on Aberdyfi beach.
Today, the main activities in Aberdyfi revolve around the water, with sailing and watersports on offer. There are boat trips available from the harbour, and a long sandy, dune-backed beach stretching to the north towards Tywyn. For golfers, there is an 18-hole championship course set on the dunes. The whole scene is accompanied by magnificent views across the estuary.
Map of the area.
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