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Black Rock Sands is situated at Morfa Bychan, 2 miles from Porthmadog, a bustling town rich in Maritime history.

Its name comes from the large headland rock at the west end of the beach. It’s around 2 miles long and features a gentle gradient for those of you that like shallow water.

It’s popular with kitesurfers and the long, hard, flat beach makes it a hit with land boarders.

It can get busy in the summertime but being a large beach you can usually find a spot out-of-the way of the day trippers.

Wind Directions

Black Rock Sands will work on anything from SE, clockwise around to W.

Tide States

Black Rock Sands can be ridden at all states of tide. There's always enough beach to launch / land. The best time is about 1 hour after high tide, when the lagoon is full.

Riding Types

Black Rock's shallow gradient makes it the ideal venue for perfecting those freestyle moves.

Local Information

Black Rock Sands is a shallow spot with plenty of space.

Best spot to set up is on the bend of the beach. If you enter from cave end (north) drive a further 400m and park near the 10mph speed limit sign.

Land boarding is banned in the summer months, but kitesurfing is allowed all year round at the East end of the beach. Just make sure you're aware of other beach users.


  • Car parking
  • Local camp sites
  • Toilets
  • Drinking water
  • Shops, pubs and restaurants at Porthmadog


  • The public, in the summer months

Getting There & Parking

From Porthmadog town: Turn past Woolworths and continue up the hill and country lanes towards the beach. There's a turning just past the Spar shop. Best to carry on past Greenacres holiday park to the entrance nearer the caves.

Parking on the beach is free out of season. Please don't block the roadway.

Weather Forecast & Live Readings

I'm hoping at some point to get a decent feed into the site for weather, but until then here's a link to 7 day wind forecast for Porthmadog.

And if you're wondering if it's on right now, the best report is probably live readings at valley, from the Met Office.