Walking

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There are many truly spectacular walks in this area.  They link to form part of the 95 mile Llyn Coastal Path from Caernarvon to Porthmadoc.  During Autumn, Winter and Spring months in particular we can often walk these routes and barely see another soul all day. We strongly recommend bringing boots/sturdy shoes and waterproofs.

Much of the Llyn Peninsula’s coastline is owned by the National Trust and so can be easily accessed. (There are a number of local walks route books to borrow in the cottage). The landscape is littered with hill forts, derelict harbours, standing stones and deserted dwellings. There is also a strong (Roman History) case for King Arthur’s last battle to have been enacted just a few fields away from the cottage, with legend having him being rowed across to Avalon (Bardsey). Local guide books reveal more.

Porth Neigwl  (Hell’s Mouth)

Located just over the hill past Rhiw, and renowned because it used to entrap sailing ships with its strong winds and tidal currents. Today Hells Mouth offers a 4-mile beach walk or run, to recharge your energy and build up your legs on the sand. It has also become something of a local mecca for boarders and canoeists due to the strong surf.

Porth Colmon (North coast)

Starting from the Porth Colmon slipway, follow the cliff path eastwards and climb down onto the sand when you can. Each small bay joins up and provides you with features and rock pools to explore. We particularly enjoy this walk in winter months.

Rhiw Headland (local)

Walk or drive up to Rhiw, park and follow the lane towards the headland, picking up a footpath through the farmyard. Meet ponies roaming freely on the hillside, and find the two trig points at the highest or furthest points. Take in the breathtaking views of the entire peninsula, and try to find words to describe them. This landscape is almost untouched over many hundreds of years, and it lifts the heart to behold it.

Porth Meudwy (Fisherman’s Cove)

Drive (or walk from Aberdaron beach along the cliffs) to the cove, and walk down to the embarkation point for Bardsey Island, used by pilgrims in the Middle Ages. Today, it is the home base of many of the Peninsula’s lobster fishermen. (It is also the local departure point for boat trips to visit Bardsey Island – see below). Head up the cliff (going west) and follow the safe, but at times challenging path, maintained by the NT, towards the rocky headland overlooking Bardsey. Take a picnic, rest awhile, and drink in the spectacular views -try seal spotting.