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Explore the Lleyn Peninsula with a Cicerone guidebook

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Available as eBook
16 Jul 2010
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.4cm
1st Published
11 Oct 2006
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The Lleyn Peninsula Coastal Path

A walking and cycle touring guide

by John Cantrell
Book published by Cicerone Press

This guidebook contains route descriptions for the 95 mile Lleyn Peninsula coastal path from Caernarfon to Portmadoc. The week-long route passes through spectacular scenery, from rocky cliffs to secluded bays and includes route options for cyclists. In addition there is a selection of shorter, circular day walks and rides around Lleyn.

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Pushing out into the sea from the coastline of north Wales is the picturesque Lleyn Peninsula. The 95 mile coastal path leads around the Peninsula from Caernarfon to Portmadoc, crossing a variety of landscapes from rocky cliffs to secluded bays, with the coast always nearby. In addition to the walkers’ coastal path the Lleyn has a network of small lanes and byways that also allow cyclists to complete the route.

This guidebook contains a detailed route description for the entire Lleyn Peninsula coastal path for walkers as well as route options for both mountain and road bikes. Each chapter ends with two or three shorter circular walks or rides which provide a taste of the different sections of the Lleyn. The coastal path starts in Caernarfon and follows the peninsula anti-clockwise to finish in Portmadoc. Its 95 miles contain a variety of cliff, dune, moor and mountain which is unsurpassed. This route can be completed within a week without too much exertion.

There is not a continuous path alongside the Lleyn’s shores and to walk the peninsula demands occasional sorties inland for a mile or two, so that existing rights of way can be used. This means ascending hills parallel with the coast, or visiting villages just inland. Nevertheless, the sea is rarely out of sight, and the majority of the walk stays close to the shoreline.

The nature of these rights of way followed by the Lleyn coastal path, also enables cyclists to enjoy many sections of the peninsula, especially on the northern side. This guidebook not only serves walkers but also recommends cycleways, bridleways and other byways that cyclists can legally use. The nature of some of these bridleways is often rough, and is really the domain of the increasingly popular mountain or all-terrain bike, but options are given for road bikes.

  • Seasons
    All year. May to mid-July avoids the height of the tourist season, and you may get decent weather if you’re lucky!
  • Centres
    Caernarfon, Clynnog-fawr, Nefyn, Tudweiliog, Aberardon, Abersoch, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli, Criccieth, Portmadoc
  • Difficulty
    Suitable for all. Highest point: coastal path 1345ft (optional 1670ft); circular walks 1850ft; cyclists’ route 800ft. Basic navigation.
  • Must See
    Large areas designated AONB; 50 miles of Heritage Coast. Cliff-top walks, moorland and mountain scenery, historic pilgrim route.

October 2015

Chapter 5 - Aberdaron to Abersoch

Since the last edition of the book, new opportunities to improve the route have been made. This has mainly come about by the opening up of land that was previously without rights of way. The impetus for this has come mainly from the creation of the all-Wales coast path.

The section from Hell's Mouth has been vastly improved as it is now possible to walk round the headlands at Trwyn Cilan and Trwyn yr Wylfa giving excellent walking and spectacular views. The new route is a delight and easy, except for a couple of steep ascents. I am obliged to readers who informed me of some of the changes, in particular to John Fisher who sent me maps and photos. Thanks to all of you.

An updated route description for Chapter 5, with new photographs showing the route, is available as PDF to read or download here.


General note

The 1:25,000 maps now required to follow the Lleyn Peninsula Coastal Path, which have changed since the book was first printed, are No 253 - Lleyn West and 254 - Lleyn East.


1 Introduction
Grading of circular walks

2 Caernarfon to Penygroes
Walking route
Cycling route
Other walks and rides: Dinas Dinlle Circular; South Caernarfon Circular; Lon Eifion Cycle Ride

3 Penygroes to Nefyn
Walking route
Cycling route
Other walks: The hillforts of Yr Eifl; Clynnog-fawr Circular; Nant Gwrtheyrn Circular

4 Nefyn to Aberdaron
Walking route
Cycling route
Other walks: Morfa Nefyn and Porth Dinllaen; The Cliffs of Aberdaron; Carn Fadryn; Land’s End Circular

5 Aberdaron to Abersoch
Walking route
Cycling route
Other walks and rides: Mynydd y Graig; Western Lleyn Circular Cycle Ride; Porth Ceiriad

6 Abersoch to Pwllheli
Walking route
Cycling route
Other walks and rides: Llanbedrog Headland; Abersoch Cicrcular Cycle Ride

7 Pwllheli to Portmadoc
Walking route
Cycling route
Other walks: In the Steps of Lloyd George; Black Rock and Borth-y-Gest; Tyn Llan Circular

Appendix 1: Facilities on the Lleyn Peninsula
Appendix 2: Public Transport
Appendix 3: Useful Links


List of Sketch Maps
The Lleyn Peninsula
2.1    South from Caernarfon
2.2    Saron to Llanwnda
3.1    West from Penygroes
3.2    Approaching Clynnog Fawr
3.3    Crossing of Bwlch Mawr and descent to Trefor
3.4    The Trefor area
4.1    The Porth Colmon area
4.2    Southwest from Porth Oer
5.1    Aberdaron to Porth Ysgo
5.2    Rhiw to Hell’s Mouth
5.3    Hell’s Mouth to Deuglawdd
5.4    Deuglawdd to Llangian
5.5    Approach to Porth Ceiriad
5.6    Porth Ceiriad to Abersoch
7.1    Llanystumdwy to Criccieth

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