Llyn Coastal Path Guided Trail Holiday

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Duration: 8 nights
Type: Guided Trails
Walking Grade: 3

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.

Holiday Highlights

  • Dramatic cliffs and wide sandy beaches
  • Island views, pretty fishing villages 
  • Spotting birds such as Choughs and Manx Shearwater

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • The services of an HF Holidays' walks leader
  • All transport on walking days

Trip Notes

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56 miles with 8-13 miles and up to 1,900 feet of ascent in a day.


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.

12½ miles (20km) with 1,125 feet (350m) 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.

8½ miles (13½km) with 2,000 feet (610m) 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.

12 miles (19½km) with 1,875 feet (580m) 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.

13 miles (20½km) with 425 feet (130m) 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.

 

9½ miles (15km) with 575 feet (175m) of ascent.



Craflwyn Hall

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.

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

Rooms

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 and larger television – 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.

Facilities

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.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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Getting to Craflwyn Hall

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What to Bring

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.

Essentials

  • Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

Recommended

  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner

Guest Reviews

Duration:
8 nights
Type:
Guided Trails
Walking Grade:
3

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