LLŶN PENINSULA COAST PATH
Aberdaron to Whistling Sands [9.1 miles]
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.
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Aberdaron from Ynys Piod
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.
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
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.