The Llyn Peninsula is a beautiful, unspoilt section of Wales tucked away by the mountains of Snowdonia. As well as dramatic cliffs and wide expanses of sandy beach, this quieter section of the Wales Coast Path offers isolated island views, pretty fishing villages and an incredible array of birdlife. The Llyn Peninsula’s unique climate and friendly Welsh-speaking communities creates a feeling unlike anywhere else in Wales.
- Dramatic cliffs and wide sandy beaches
- Island views, pretty fishing villages
- Spotting birds such as Choughs and Manx Shearwater
From Nefyn, our route takes us high above the beach onto the cliff top path with superb views towards Trwyn Porth Dinllaen. We hug the coastline around the promontory and continue on the undulating coastal route, passing a couple of waterfalls to Porth Colmon and our day's destination, with distant views of Anglesey, and on a good day Ireland.
12 miles (19km) with 900 feet (270m) of ascent.
We continue along the coast from Whistling Sands - so named due to the sound the sand makes when walked upon, as highlighted on the Coast TV series. We gain height substantially to reach the top of Mynydd Mawr, with its colony of rare Choughs, and views toward Bardsey Island, reputedly the burial place of 20,000 saints, but now hosts around 16,000 pairs of Manx Shearwaters. We then round the southwest tip of the Llŷn peninsula to arrive at the picturesque former fishing village of Aberdaron.
10½ miles (17km) with 1,900 feet (570m) of ascent.
A day without any walks programmed, giving you the opportunity to explore the local area independently.
Staring at Hell's Mouth we round the southernmost point of the Llŷn, and then turn north, with Snowdonia views ahead, and make our way through the popular holiday village of Abersoch and its sandy beaches. We can enjoy far-reaching views as we make our way round the headland of Mynydd Tîr-y-cwmwd, before descending past the Tin Man to Llanbedrog, which features the Victorian Gothic mansion of Plas Glan Y Weddw, with its cafe, shop, outdoor theatre and Wales’ oldest art gallery.
13½ miles (22km) with 1,500 feet (460m) of ascent.
We pass the multi-coloured beach huts on Llanbedrog beach and the sands and dunes of Traeth Crugan lead us to Pwllheli, the sailing capital of Wales and largest town on the peninsula. We continue with views ahead of the rugged Rhinog mountain range. We head inland to reach Llanystumdwy, a small but interesting village, most famous for being the home of ‘The Welsh Wizard’ – Prime Minister David Lloyd George. The village features a pub, a rabbit farm and the Lloyd George museum, which adjoins his Victorian boyhood home.
12 miles (20km) with 350 feet (105m) of ascent
We rejoin the coast along the River Dwyfor and pass Criccieth with its imposing 13th-century castle. We continue to the superb viewpoint of Craig Ddu before descending onto the famous Blackrock Sands at Morfa Bychan, with its fisherman church and nearby fish smokers. An undulating dune path takes us into Borth-y-Gest’s picturesque bay and on to Porthmadog, with its harbour and famous railway.
8 miles (13km) with 650 feet (195m) of ascent.
In the heart of Snowdonia, Craflwyn Hall at the foot of Mount Snowdon, close to the picturesque village of Beddgelert, is a glorious story of recovery; once a substantial 19th century house in the heart of the Nan Gwynant Valley, the property was allowed to fall into a state of disrepair before being acquired by the National Trust and painstakingly restored. Now a walkers’ mountain retreat in a picture-perfect spot, it’s the ideal base for exploring northern Snowdonia. As well as places to stay in the main house, the stable block has been imaginatively converted into bedrooms too. Comfy lounges and a snug bar provide other creature comforts. The countryside on the doorstep provides the ultimate attraction though. Wake up early and enjoy the views if the cloud is up, then grab your walking boots and head out on to one of the trails up Snowdon. Or you could go further afield to the Glydrs, Moel Siabod, Cricht and Moel Hebog, as well as the pretty town of Betws Y Coed.
Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi
Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house or in one of the handful of bedrooms in the converted stables behind the house. With 22 rooms, Craflwyn Hall has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Ask for Room 1, a large corner space with great green views, or Room 8, for its giant square picture window.
All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.
Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, three lounges, library and board games to borrow
After a day rambling over the slopes of Snowdon or summiting a cracking peak, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Sit out in the grounds with a coffee or great local Welsh ale or take a chance to relax in the small conservatory. If the weather’s not so favourable retire to the lounge and sink into one of the squashy leather sofas in front of the fireplace. The snug bar provides a great space to swap stories of mountain days too.
Food & Drink
As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Craflwyn Hall is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Kick off your day with a ‘Miner’s Breakfast’. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours. Look out for highlights including Glamorgan sausages, braised salt marsh lamb shoulder shepherd’s pie and a Welsh version of Eve’s pudding.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
What to Bring
To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety is our priority and Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.
- Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
- Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters
- Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
- Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
- Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
- Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
- Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
- Rucksack with a waterproof liner
- Thermos flask for hot drink
- Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
- Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
- Small torch
- First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)
- Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
- Insect repellent
- Sun hat
- Sun cream
All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-Member fee: £10 per person.
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