Aberdyfi / Aberdovey
Aberdyfi is located on the northern shore of the Dyfi. The eastern part of the town overlooks the mouth of the river, the western part overlooks the sea in Cardigan Bay. The village has a population of about 800 but this increases dramatically as holidaymakers flood the town in summer. There are no heavy industries in Aberdyfi, the majority of businesses are geared toward tourism although fishing and golf also provide employment.
Unusually, for such a modest sized village, it has two railway stations. The main station is at the west end of the town, the smaller Penhelig Halt is at the east end.
Aberdyfi only has one main road, the A493 which runs along the sea front. Most businesses are along this road, a few are in a triangle of roads formed from Copperhill Street and Church Street. The residential part of the town is further inland on the hillside where many properties enjoy spectacular views across the river.
In the centre of the town, is the Tourist Information Centre (TIC) and behind it a pier, used mainly by fishing vessels, extends into the river. Leading inland along the coast is the “Roman Road” leading to Picnic Island. Both of these are misnomers as the road is actually a path built for access when the railway lines were installed in the late 1800s and the Island is only separated from mainland by a railway cutting!
Despite the influx of summer visitors, Aberdyfi has maintained the charm of an old fishing village and thanks to control from Gwynedd Council and Snowdonia National Park has not succumbed to ‘modern’ development. The only significant recent development has been the demolition of the 100 year old ‘Black Sheds’ which have housed
Outward Bound equipment for many years. These have been replaced with a larger and safer structure ‘Canolfan Dyfi’ which opened early in 2006.