Llyn Peninsula Walks
The beautiful Llyn Peninsula extends 30 miles into the Irish Sea from north west Wales, south west of the Isle of Anglesey. It's a fabulous area for walkers with the Llyn Coastal Path taking you to a series of lovely bays, gorgeous beaches and pretty coastal villages.
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|Aberdaron||6 miles (10 km)||This coastal Welsh village makes a great base for exploring the Llyn Peninsula on foot. This walk uses a section of the Llyn Coastal Path to create a circular route around the village. On the way you'll visit a fine coastal viewpoint and pass the area where the ferries depart to Bardsey Island.|
This walk starts in the village and follows the path west along the pretty beach and Aberdaron Bay. You then head south to Porth Meudwy where you can catch boats to Bardsey Island. The island has some nice walks and is a great place for birdwatching.
You continue along the southern tip of the peninsula to Porth Felen and then onto Mynydd Mawr. At Mynydd Mawr the picnic site has views which, on a fine day, take in Cardigan Bay, Bardsey Island and the Wicklow Mountains. The old coastguard hut here includes an exhibition to the natural history of the area, and a mural created by local children.
At Porth Llanllawen you leave the coast to head east through the countryside on footpaths and country lanes. The paths will take you back to Porth Meudwy where you can rejoin the coast path and return to the village. View Full Details>>
|Abersoch||11 miles (18 km)||This circular walk around Abersoch uses the Llyn Coastal Path to explore the beautiful beaches and bays to the south and west of the village.|
Starting in the village you first head south along Borth Fawr beach and the Abersoch Golf Club. The route follows the coast path toward Porth Ceiriad and Pistyll Cim with views across to Saint Tudwal's Islands. The islands are known for their seal population. The western island houses the St Tudwal’s Lighthouse, and the eastern has the remains of a priory. At Porth Ceiriad there is a lovely beach and cliffs with several interesting geological features.
The path continues west to Cilan Head, the southernmost point of the Llyn Peninsula. The head is a breeding ground for birds, particularly cormorants.
After rounding the headling you continue north along the coast path to Hell's Mouth beach, passing pretty sand dunes on the way. The route then leaves the coast to follow country lanes back into Abersoch. The popular seaside resort has a number of good pubs and cafes for refreshments after your walk. View Full Details>>
|Caernarfon||8 miles (12.5 km)||This popular Welsh seaside town marks the start of the epic Llyn Coastal Path which takes you along the beautiful Llyn Peninsula. This walk uses part of the long distance trail and a section of a dismantled railway line to create a lovely circular walk around the town.|
The walk starts at the historic Caernarfon Castle in the town centre. The castle dates back to the 11th century and has a fascinating history. The route then crosses the Aber Swing Bridge which crosses the Afon Seiont. You then follow the coast path south to Llanfaglan where you will pass the noteworthy St Baglan's Church. The Grade I listed building dates from the 13th century with a lintel consisting of a 6th-century inscribed stone positioned over the doorway.
The route then runs along the lovely Foryd Bay which is also a nature reserve with lots of birdlife to look out for. It is located at the south-western end of the Menai Strait and includes large areas of mudflats and salt marsh. Keep your eyes peeled for waders and wildfowl including brent goose, jack snipe, spotted redshank and greenshank.
The walk then leaves the coast to head east through the countryside to Dinas. There is a train station here on the Welsh Highland Railway which you could catch back into Caernarfon if your legs are weary. This route picks up the Lon Eifion shared walking and cycling trail which follows a disused railway path north. You'll cross the Afon Gwyrfai before returning to Caernarfon. View Full Details>>
|Llyn Coastal Path||81 miles (130 km)||Follow the Llyn Peninsula from Caernarfon to Porthmadog on this stunning coastal walk. The route is often completed in 7 sections:|
Caernarfon to Trefor
Trefor to Morfa Nefyn
Morfa Nefyn to Llangwnnadl
Llangwnnadl to Aberdaron
Aberdaron to Abersoch
Abersoch to Pwllheli
Pwllheli to Porthmadog
As well as the stunning scenery you can look out for bottle-nosed dolphins and Atlantic grey seals as these are often seen off the coast. Near Trefor you can enjoy wonderful views of the three peaks of Yr Eifl and the fascinating hill fort at Tre'r Ceiri. There's also a visit to the historically significant castle in Criccieth.
The walk is waymarked with a blue, green and white logo. View Full Details>>
|Lon Eifion||11 miles (18 km)||This splendid cycling and walking trail runs along a disused railway path from Caernarfon to Bryncir on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park. It's a good surfaced traffic free path making it ideal for a safe family cycle or a leisurely walk. There are lovely views of the surrounding Welsh Countryside and mountains such as Yr Eifl (or the Rivals) and Snowdon. The route runs alongside the Welsh Highland Railway so you should also see some wonderful steam trains as you go.|
The route starts at Caernarfon at the impressive Caernarfon Castle, and heads south through the town, crossing the River Seiont on the way. You continue to Llanwnda and Groeslon where you pass the lovely Glynllifon Country Park. It's well worth taking a short detour from the path and visiting the park with its woodland, gardens, parkland and river. There is also a cafe, a maze and exhibits such as steam power pistons restored by Fred Dibnah.
The route continues through Penygroes before the final stretch takes you to the finish point at the little village of Bryncir. View Full Details>>
|Plas yn Rhiw||2 miles (3.5 km)||This walk takes you to this National Trust owned 17th century manor house in Rhiw, Gwynedd. The house is surrounded by beautiful ornamental gardens, woodland trails and grounds. The route takes you around the house on footpaths and country lanes with simply stunning views of Cardigan Bay, Hell's Mouth and the and the Llyn Peninsula. View Full Details>>|
|Porthdinllaen||2 miles (4 km)||Enjoy stunning coastal views and delightful coastal villages on this walk on the Llyn Peninsula. There are also fine sandy beaches, interesting rock pools and great views to the mountains of Yr Eifl and Snowdonia to enjoy on this bracing walk.|
The walk starts from the car park at the little village of Morfa Nefyn. You then walk along the attractive headland to the fishing village of Porthdinllaen where you will find the well known Ty Coch Inn. The distinctive pub is considered one of the best in Wales with its wonderful views over the Irish Sea to The Rivals.
You continue around the headland passing the lifeboat station and heading through the local golf course before returning to the car park. The area is wonderful for wildlife. Look out for a variety of sea birds including oystercatchers, sand martins and cormorants. Grey seals can also be seen around the coast. View Full Details>>
|Pwllheli||3 miles (5.5 km)||This circular walk takes you around the town of Pwllheli on the Llyn Peninsula. On the walk you'll visit the harbour, beach, the River Rhydir and the Lon Cob Bach Nature Reserve. Pwllheli is considered the the main town of the peninsula, with a train station and a range of shops and other services.|
The walk starts from the train station and heads south to the front where there are two blue flag beaches. You then head west along the beach before following a footpath north to the River Rhydir and the Lon Cob Bach Nature Reserve. There's some nice walkways here with interesting flora and fauna to look out for.
You continue east through the town to the Inner Harbour where there's a nice path to follow to South Beach. You then retrace your steps to return to the train station and the finish point of the walk. View Full Details>>
|Trer Ceiri||3 miles (5.1 km)||This walk climbs to the Iron Age Hillfort of Tre'r Ceiri on the Llyn Peninsula in Wales. It's about a 1.5 mile walk from the conveniently located car park near the village of Llithfaen. In total it's 3 miles there and back with a moderate climb, so a reasonable level of fitness is required.|
The walk starts from the Yr Eifl car park, just to the west of the hill. From here you can pick up footpaths heading north east up to the hill fort. The fort dates back to the Iron Age and is thought to have been constructed around 200 B.C. It sits at a height of 450 metres (1,480 ft) and is considered one of the finest forts in the UK, with much of the original structure still in place. There are also fabulous views to the surrounding mountains and the coastline with Cardigan Bay clearly visible. View Full Details>>
|Yr Eifl||4 miles (6 km)||Climb the Yr Eifl mountain group on this challenging circular walk on the Llyn Peninsula. The three summits are collectivley known as 'The Rivals' offering wonderful views over the Llyn Peninsula coastline, the Isle of Man, the mountains of Ireland and the Lake District, as well as the entire sweep of Cardigan Bay. The route visits the peak of Tre'r Ceiri where you will find Britain's best preserved Iron Age hill fort.|
The walk starts from the Porth-y-Nant upper car park just off the B4417 north of Llithfaen. You then ascend past the Graig Ddu cliffs where you can look down and see the abandoned village of Borth y Nant. You continue to Bwlch yr Eifl where you turn east towards the 561 m (1,841 ft) summit of Yr Eifl. It's a stunning spot. Take a while to soak in the magnificent views of the coast and mountains of Snowdonia.
The footpath then descends to Tre'r Ceiri where you can explore the interesting Iron Age stone hut circles before descending the mountain.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could pick up the Llyn Peninsula Coastal Path which runs past the mountain. View Full Details>>