Saron is a hamlet in Gwynedd, North Wales. The hamlet lies close to the Foryd Bay Nature Reserve and some three miles south west of Caernarfon.
The Foryd Bay Nature Reserve lies in a tidal inlet a mile to the west of Saron and is home to an abundance of wildlife.
Situated to the south-west of Caernarfon, Y Foryd is a partially enclosed intertidal bay on the Menai Strait. At low tide, approximately 250 hectares of intertidal sand and mud habitats are exposed in the bay, which are important feeding habitats for a number of native and migratory bird species.
During the winter, these intertidal areas along with the salt marsh in the south of the bay, are alive with a wide variety of ducks and waders. Large flocks of over 5,000 widgeon can be seen, along with a number of shell ducks, oyster catchers, curlews and lapwing, and other species in smaller numbers such as the ringed plover and redshanks, and if you're lucky enough you might see a greenshank or two. There is a bird watching hide located on the south-eastern flank of the bay, which is for public use.
Dinas Dinlle beach is located some 2 and ½ mile to the west of the village. It is a large sand and pebble beach - the vast areas of sand becoming visible at low tide level.
The excellent water quality makes the beach popular for swimming, fishing, windsurfing, surfing, canoeing, sailing, jet skiing and power boating and it has become necessary to create zones in the water to protect bathers.
The popular beach offers fine views towards both the Llŷn Peninsula and Llanddwyn Island on the Isle of Anglesey.
Dinas Dinlle Hillfort:
The cliff above the beach at Dinas Dinlle is occupied by the Dinas Dinlle Iron Age Hillfort.
The fort has been eroded by the sea, such that only a double semi-circular rampart remains. Finds of Roman pottery indicate a reoccupation in the 2nd or 3rd centuries.
The hillfort is a roughly oval defended enclosure, set on the summit of a drumlin. The enclosure has suffered considerable coastal erosion on the west side and from the beach below, the original ground surface beneath the Iron Age ramparts along with other details are clearly visible in the eroded cross-section. Within the eastern part of the interior are traces of circular or rectangular structures or enclosures, one being a possible sepulchral mound or alternatively a Roman pharos or lighthouse.
Walks, Cycle Trails and Other Activities
The Wales Coastal Path passes through the village en-route to Dinas Dinlle and the Llyn Peninsula. There are pleasant walks around Foryd Bay (to the historic Fort Bellan) and the surrounding countryside.
The village is home to the Saron Chapel. It is a nicely proportioned building in the Welsh Nonconformist style, with the date of 1901 portrayed on the front gable wall. Another date of 1862 is carved into a slate slab in the front courtyard.