Llyn Coastal Path Guided Trail Holiday
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Choosing the level of your walks
Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
The Llŷn 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 Llŷn Peninsula’s unique climate and friendly Welsh-speaking communities creates a feeling unlike anywhere else in Wales.
Craflwyn Hall offers a stunning and peaceful location on the edge of Beddgelert village. There are superb walks right on the doorstep, with the local mountains of Snowdon and Moel Hebog within easy reach.
Leased from the National Trust, Craflwyn Hall has 21 bedrooms, located in the main building and in the stable block which has been converted retaining many of the original features.
These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:
These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:
Only an extra £15 per person per night
Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplement to upgrade to 'Better' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.
At the house
|All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
Craflwyn Hall is generally accessible to wheelchair users. There are no ground floor rooms, but there is a lift. One of the rooms on the 1st floor has a converted bathroom that is suitable for wheelchair users.
- Fire procedure is displayed in each room and guests are requested to read the booklets in the rooms regarding safety procedures. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued on request. An under-pillow vibrating pad is available on request
- Good signage for fire escape routes
- Internet access computer available free of charge. Free Wifi
- Mobile phone reception in the house and surrounding area is not available
- One bedroom key issued per room (second key available on request)
- Guide dogs can be provided for
- Information can be provided in large print
Day 1: Arrival Day
Day 2: Nefyn to Porth Colmon
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.
Day 3: Whistling Sands to Aberdaron
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.
Day 4: Rest Day
A day without any walks programmed, giving you the opportunity to explore the local area independently.
Day 5: Hell’s Mouth to Llanbedrog
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.
Day 6: Llanbedrog to Llanystumdwy
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.
Day 7: Llanystumdwy to Porthmadog
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.
The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather, tides and other external factors.
The picturesque village of Beddgelert is about 1 mile from Craflwyn Hall. Facilities here are limited and include a post office, pubs and cafés. The nearest town is Porthmadog, about 8 miles away, which has a wide range of shops and facilities
During your visit to Craflwyn Hall you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:
Welsh Highland Railway
The recently re-opened Welsh Highland railway runs from Caernarfon to Porthmadog, passing through Beddgelert on route. This is a spectacular journey which includes the dramatic Aberglaslyn Pass and views of Snowdon. The steep gradients require powerful locomotives which have to work particularly hard on the climb from Beddgelert to the summit of the line at Rhyd Ddu. www.festrail.co.uk
Great Little Trains of Wales
Snowdonia is noted for its concentration of narrow guage steam railways, all of which offer highly scenic journeys. The Ffestiniog Railway and Snowdon Moutain Railways are both within reach. For a truly unique day out you can take the mountain railway to the summit of Snowdon (best to book in advance as tickets can sell out quickly on busy days). www.greatlittletrainsofwales.co.uk
National Slate Museum
Located at Llanberis, the excellent, and free, National Slate Museum tells the story of this once extensive industry. You can see slate being cut by hand, the huge waterwheel that powers the machinery, and the fascinating quarrymen's houses which show their development over the centuries. Llanberis is around 30 minutes' drive from Beddgelert, and can also be reached using the Snowdon Sherpa bus. www.museumwales.ac.uk/slate
Built by King Edward I after his conquest of Wales, Caernarfon Castle is one of the most impressive and well preserved fortifications in the principality. Along with neighbouring castles at Harlech, Beaumaris and Conwy it now has World Heritage status. Caernarfon is around 30 minutes' drive from Beddgelert, or can be reached using the Welsh Highland Railway. www.cadw.wales.gov.uk
The seaside town of Criccieth is around 25 minutes' drive from Beddgelert, and full of Victorian character. You could visit the historic castle, relax on the beach, or sample the excellent ice cream at Cadwaders parlour.
The long arm of the Llyn Peninsula offers beautiful and contrasting scenery, with wild cliffs and white sandy coves. Enjoy the glorious beaches at Aberdaron or Abersoch, or walk to the tip of the peninsula and enjoy the views of Bardsey Island.
Harlech Castle occupies a superb vantage point overlooking the coast and the mountains of Snowdonia. Built by Edward I, its imposing walls were built by 1,000 skilled craftsmen between 1283 and 1295. www.cadw.gov.uk
Llechwedd Slate Caverns
Located near Bleanau Ffestiniog, about 30 minutes' drive from Beddgelert, the Llechwedd Slate Caverns are one of the area's most popular attractions. Take the underground railway deep into the mountain where a knowledgeable guide will tell you how slate was hewn by hand. www.llechwedd-slate-caverns.co.uk
Situated in the Conwy Valley, about 50 minutes' drive from Beddgelert, the National Trust's gardens at Bodnant have impressive collections of colour and views of the Snowdonian mountains. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodnant-garden
The grand house at Plas Newydd enjoys glorious views overlooking the Menai Straits. Built for the 1st Marquess of Anglesey, the house itself is impressive, as are the extensive gardens. Now managed by the National Trust. Around 50 minutes' drive from Beddgelert. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/plas-newydd
This quaint Italianate village was the brainchild of the architect Clough Williams-Ellis. It is also well-known as the setting for the cult 1960’s TV series The Prisoner. Portmeirion is around 20 minutes' drive from Beddgelert. www.portmeirion-village.com
Plas Newydd image ©National Trust Images/John Millar. Caernarfon Castle and Harlech Castle images © Crown copyright (2016) Welsh Government
Travel to Snowdon
Our address is: Craflwyn Hall, Beddgelert, Gwynedd, LL55 4NG
The nearest railway stations are Porthmadog and Betws-y-Coed; however we would recommend taking the train to Bangor which has the best train service. For train times and route planning by train visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 03457 48 49 50.
The 25 mile journey from Bangor railway station takes approximately 40 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £45 per taxi. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Craflwyn Hall Manager.
There is a limited bus service which runs past Craflwyn Hall. Any bus route that goes between Beddgelert and Pen-y-Gwryd will pass the end of the drive of Craflwyn Hall. For bus times see www.traveline.info
For a lovely drive through the Welsh countryside, head towards Betws-y-Coed. In Betws-y-Coed take the A5, heading towards Bangor, as far as Capel Curig, then turn left onto the A4086. After a further 4 miles bear left onto the A498 at the Pen-y-Gwyrd Hotel; this road follows the Glaslyn Valley passing two large lakes. The entrance to Craflwyn Hall is on the right hand side of the road, approximately 1 mile after the second lake. Look out for the brown National Trust sign.
Travelling from overseas
Manchester Airport has the quickest onward connections to Bangor. Trains from the airport take 3 hours, with one change at Crewe or Chester. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow at least 4½ hours to reach Bangor by train. You'll need to head to Euston station in the centre of London, from where there are direct trains to Bangor. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
In each case complete your journey to Craflwyn Hall by taxi (see above).
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