"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"

Abersoch

Abersoch is a large village in the community of Llanengan in Gwynedd, Wales. It is a popular coastal seaside resort with approximately 1,000 inhabitants, on the east-facing south coast of the Lwyn Peninsula at the southern terminus of the A499. It is about 7 miles (11 km) south-west of Pwllheli and 27 miles (43 km) south-west of the county town of Caernarfon. The village takes its name from the river, Afon Soch, which reaches the sea in the village.

Originally a fishing port, Abersoch is now a tourist centre specialising in dinghy sailing and other watersports such as windsurfing and jet-skiing. Nearby Porth Neigwl or Hell's Mouth, is also popular for surfing; it can hold large swells in the winter which can reach 1.6yds (1.5m) however south westerly prevailing winds can affect quality.

Each year since 2000 Abersoch has been host to Wakestock a wakeboarding event. The Big Air competition on the main beach is held in July.

Central Abersoch has a variety of small shops as well as bars, restaurants, cafes and hotels. Boat trips around St Tudwal's Islands to see the seals and other wildlife are available from the village. It is also popular for its close proximity to Snowdonia National Park, with Snowdon being visible from Abersoch Bay on clear days. There is an 18 hole golf course.

Abersoch has come to represent the crisis in rural housing in Wales, as the area's popularity as a resort and retirement destination has resulted in local property prices being significantly higher than the regional average. A small strip of beach at Abersoch, with planning permission for the construction of a beach hut, was sold for £63,000 in May 2005. In June 2007, a mobile home on the Warren holiday park was put on the market by the Haulfryn Group at £500,000.

In February 2008 a wooden shed, 5.5 metres (18 feet) by 4.5 metres (15 feet), was advertised for sale at £150,000. It was located 10 minutes walk from the beach, had no countryside or sea view, and was described as being in a dilapidated condition. In November 2013 it is more dilapidated and still for sale.

Virtually all the indigenous residents of Abersoch are Welsh language speakers.

Abersoch has a primary school for 3 to 8 year olds. The neighbouring village of Sarn Bach has a primary school for 3 to 11 year olds. The two schools between them educate 74 pupils. The closest specialist school is Ysgol Hafod Lon in Pwllheli. Year 7 pupils travel to Ysgol Botwnnog, 5 miles (8.0 km) inland, which is a Welsh speaking school. Non Welsh speakers tend to attend Ysgol Glan y Mor in Pwllheli, 7 miles (11 km) away.

Local authority: Gwynedd Council

OS Grid Reference: SH312280

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Things to see and do in and around Abersoch

  • Biscuit Ceramic Art Studio and Cafe
  • Ropeworks
  • Glasfryn Parc Bowling and Activities
  • The Magical Grounds
  • Dwyfor Ranch Rabbit Farm

Tourist Information

Pwllheli
Tourist Information Centre
Min y Don
Station Square
Wales
LL53 5HG

Phone 01758 613000
Email pwllheli.tic@gwynedd.gov.uk

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Weather

Forecast for Wednesday 18 October

06:00


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 8°C
(feels like 5°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 4mph.
ENE
Pressure 1013
Humidity 90%
UV Index n/a
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09:00


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 11°C
(feels like 9°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 3mph.
E
Pressure 1012
Humidity 75%
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12:00


Chance of rain 1%
Max temp. 13°C
(feels like 12°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 2mph.
E
Pressure 1011
Humidity 75%
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15:00


Chance of rain 6%
Max temp. 13°C
(feels like 12°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 4mph.
SE
Pressure 1009
Humidity 80%
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18:00


Chance of rain 10%
Max temp. 13°C
(feels like 11°C)
Wind 4mph, gusting to 5mph.
SE
Pressure 1008
Humidity 87%
UV Index n/a
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21:00


Chance of rain 7%
Max temp. 14°C
(feels like 11°C)
Wind 4mph, gusting to 6mph.
SSE
Pressure 1007
Humidity 88%
UV Index n/a
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