According to The Sunday Times, which has done a survey of the Best Places to Live in the UK 2020, Aberdovey is given a superb write-up in the Welsh category. The full write-up is here, but you have to be a Times subscriber. I’m not a subscriber, so you’ll just have to talk nicely to someone who is! However, a short summary piece actually is available to read, and you can find that here. Here’s an excerpt
So beautiful, yet so modest: there’s not a hint of bling in this exclusive resort, and the community comes together for the annual panto and in the queues for plaice and chips at the Bear of Amsterdam or a caramel ice cream from the Sweet Shop. Yes, there are a lot of holiday homes, but they are well loved and well used by owners who mostly live within a couple of hours’ drive — it’s 2½ hours to Birmingham and three to Manchester — so this is no out-of-season ghost town. Local characters include Carlos the dog whisperer and Dai the fisherman.
Aberdyfi’s attractions are natural and bountiful. Reports of a Mediterranean climate are best taken with a pinch of sea salt, but the glittering night skies are unsullied by light pollution and the rugged mountains of Snowdonia are a suitably dramatic backdrop for the four-mile sandy beach. If what’s on offer at the butcher, the pharmacy, the village stores and the Coast deli isn’t enough, there’s a supermarket, a GP surgery and a cinema four miles up the coast in Tywyn, where you’ll also find the nearest primary and secondary schools.
I felt almost embarrassed by my own good taste in living here 🙂 I was glad to see Dai of Dai’s Shed getting an honourable mention – I’ve eaten serious amounts of the fish he catches, and the same applies to the excellent butcher. And of course, The Sweet Shop sells my favourite ice cream in the UK.
Terrific to have some good news in this particularly difficult period. Thanks to family friend and bee-keeper Kelvin Heywood for alerting me to it.