Walking In and Around Aberdaron
Llyn Coastal Path from Caernarfon to Porthmadoc
There are many truly spectacular walks in this area. They link to form part of the 95 mile Llyn Coastal Path from Caernarfon to Porthmadoc. During Autumn, Winter and Spring months in particular we can often walk these routes and barely see another soul.
Much of the Llyn Peninsula’s coastline is owned by the National Trust and so can be easily accessed. 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.
Here is just a small sample of the wonderful coastal walks available within a few minutes drive or walk from the cottage door:
Aberdaron to Porthor (Whistling Sands)
Possibly the most spectacular section of the Llyn Coastal Walk, due to the incredible views every step of the way . From Aberdaron, pick up the Coastal Path from the beach and head west until you reach Porth Meudwy, known locally as Fisherman’s Cove. This picturesque little cove is the historic 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 still the local departure point for boat trips to visit Bardsey Island. Cross the cove, head up the cliff and follow the safe, though at times challenging, path towards the rocky headland overlooking Bardsey. Take a picnic, rest awhile, and drink in the spectacular views – try seal spotting, or perhaps sighting a school of dolphins or porpoises if you are lucky. A circular walk, cutting back inland, will take you back to Aberdaron, or continue along the Coastal Path to Porthor, the famed Whistling Sands.
Porth Colmon (on the north coast)
For a shorter walk, park and start from the Porth Colmon slipway, follow the cliff path eastwards and climb down onto the sand of Penllech beach, tide permitting. Each small bay joins up and provides you with features and rock pools to explore. We particularly enjoy this walk in winter months. Continue along the Coastal Path until you reach the beach at Porth Towyn, and either retrace your steps or return by road to your starting point
Rhiw Headland (Mynydd Penarfynydd)
Walk or drive from the cottage up the hill to the hamlet of Rhiw, turn right in the centre, and follow the small lane towards the headland (Mynydd Penarfynydd). At the far end pick up a footpath through the farmyard, and you will begin to climb up to the headland. Meet ponies roaming freely on the hillside, and find the two trig points at the highest or furthest points. Take in the breathtaking 360 degree views of the 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 its perfection. Return on foot via Porth Ysgo, our local cove, or descend down to Porth Neigwl, at the other side of the hill.
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 fantastic 4-mile bracing beach walk, to recharge your energy! It has also become something of a local mecca for boarders and kayakers, due to the big surf when the wind is up! Walk from the cottage via Rhiw for a longer route, or drive and park at either end of the bay.
More information about recommended walks is available in the cottage.