Sarn Badrig, also spelled Sarn Padrig (Welsh for St. Patrick's Causeway), is one of several more or less parallel shingle reefs extending under the sea in Cardigan Bay on the west coast of Wales. The causeway is made of glacial deposits left by receding ice sheets at the end of the last ice age.
Sarn Badrig is the longest and most northerly of these, and extends south-westwards under the sea from Mochras Point, on Shell Island, near Harlech, parallel to the Llŷn Peninsula for a length of about 20km, and can be seen at low tide. It is a hazard to shipping.
In Welsh legend it is one of the dykes which protected the drowned realm of Cantre'r Gwaelod.
Points of interest
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|Bell buoy marking western hazard||SH36271263|
|-5m depth western point||SH40321303||approx (from marine chart)|
|0m depth western point||SH42021431||approx|
|Mid point of visible sarn||SH48591827||approx|
|Eastern point of visible sarn||SH54262268||approx|
|Landing at eastern end||SH54992560||approx|
- Cantre'r Gwaelod (The Lowland Hundred)
- Map of Cardigan Bay underwater features
- Sarn Badrig - St. Patrick's Causeway
- www.geograph.co.uk : photos of Sarn Badrig
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