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Tudwelliog to Porth Dinllean [6.7 miles]

The Maps

The Route

The Walk

This was to be a much shorter and easier walk than the one we completed on Saturday.

We walked from our holiday location at Porth Dinllaen into Morfa Nefyn and caught the #8 bus to Tudwelliog - we were the only occupants. Once we had arrived at Tudwelliog we set off along the footpath near the bus stop to the coast itself and arrived at the deserted bay of Porth Towyn.

Porth Towyn Bay
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Small bay to the east of Porth Towyn

The coastal path here is much flatter and quite easy to walk and we started off with a pleasant breeze cooling us as we went.

We approached the waterfall near Mynachdy and had to negotiate a few stepping stones to keep our feet dry.

Best foot forward Geri!

The waterfall at Mynachdy

We stopped for coffee near Penrhyn Cwmistir having spotted about 6 seals basking on the rocks offshore. Once we settled down it became apparent that there were quite a few more and eventually we counted 16 of them.

Seals near Penrhyn Cwmistir

We were approaching the Nefyn District golf course which stretches right out to the former coastguard station on the tip of the Porth Dinllean peninsula. Just before we made that final climb up onto the golf course we passed through a small gully near to Aber Geirch and our attention was grabbed by an impossible footpath sign.

Over the cliff then?

Geri found it a puzzle

The golf course comes into view

The former Coastguard station

As we approached the final climb up onto the golf course in a small bay called Aber Geirch we spotted a handful of flag irises.

Then it was up on to the golf course (having taken the wrong path the first time - no signposts of course) and after a short walk we stopped for lunch making sure we were out of harm's way - you know what golfers are like when they start firing their balls all over the place! We then followed the footpath right out to the tip of the peninsula and beneath the tower now manned by the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI). If the tower is manned the volunteers there welcome a visit and a chat.

Looking west from the NCI tower
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We then took the lower path back to Porth Dinllean via the lifeboat station.

The Porth Dinllean RNLI lifeboat

The beautiful setting for Porth Dinllean
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6.7 miles of beautiful coastline in stunning weather conditions - great company too - thanks Geri.


Aberdaron to Whistling Sands [9.1 miles]

The Maps

The Route

The Walk

Our first venture onto this part of the (newly created) Welsh Coast Path - and what a surprise it was. After some deliberation we parked our car in the National Trust car park (£4.00 per day) at Whistling Sands and walked along the peaceful narrow roads to Aberdaron to start the walk - so already we had walked 2.2 miles by the time we really set off.

The weather was just great and promised to be the hottest day for some time so we slapped on the factor 50. From Aberdaron we turned right to head south along the coast path to the tip of the Llŷn Peninsula.

It has to be said that the waymarks on the Llŷn Peninsula are quite rare and the number of times we saw them were cause for celebration. There are a number of areas owned by the National Trust who don't seem to consider that waymarking is necessary or even desirable so one can find oneself in some rather unusual places - more of this later.

The path heads almost due south from Aberdaron, and although not well marked is, in the main, obvious and easy to follow.

Abadaron Bay
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Aberdaron from Ynys Piod

Porth Meudwy

We arrived at the small bay Porth Meudwy (Hermit Cove), the embarkation point for the island of Bardsey, and went down several steps to the beach then back up again. A little further along the coast we came to Porth y Pistyll where the old harbour quay for the stone quarry can still be seen today.

Porth y Pistyll

Looking south from Porth y Pistyll towards Hen Borth

We were now about to round the southern tip of the peninsula at Pen y Cil which gives fabulous views across the breadth of the peninsula as well as Bardsey Island (Ynis Enlli). Geri decided to add a stone to the cairn at the summit.

Panorama from Pen y Cil
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Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli)

As we 'turned the corner' and started heading north west we began to spy Choughs - at one stage we counted 20 in a flock all flying around above our heads - zooming and performing aerobatic feats and making their distinctive call.

Chough Central

We were beginning to relax and enjoy the walk as we approached Porth Felen and St Mary's Well. BIG MISTAKE. Even though we followed the coast path on the GPS we found ourselves struggling along a very narrow and rather precipitous path; one misplaced foot and you'd be heading down onto the rocks about fifty feet below with nothing to stop your fall. When we got to the end of the stretch we both confessed to having been a bit scared.

Narrow path ahead

Looking back at the 'scary path'

As we rounded Braich y Pwll the path seemed to peter out completely and so we decided to turn off the path and climb up to the summit of Myndd Mawr where we eventually stopped to calm down and have lunch.

Looking towards Whistling Sands from Myndd Anelog

Whistling Sands

From that point the going got easier although by that time we were quite tired and so the welcome view of Whistling Sands as it came into view was quite a relief. With the walk into Aberdaron we had completed about 11½ miles and in spite of scaring ourselves half to death, the walk was just brilliant.


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