Gwynedd

The Lleyn Peninsula

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Overview

Benefitting from a mild micro climate this area of north west Wales is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Whilst less crowded than some North Wales beaches there is plenty to see and do for walkers, water sport enthusiasts and families looking for safe areas to spend the day on the beach.

Parc Glynllifon

The large house is being converted into a luxury hotel but you can enjoy the many woodland paths, water features and historical follies and modern sculptures. Whether it is to walk the dog or bring the children to play there is plenty to do.

Whistling Sands

Enjoy the fresh air at this lovely sandy beach on the peninsula north shore, owned by the National Trust and a great starting point for some excellent walking trails.

Aberdaron

A village of white painted former fishermen’s cottages perched on the tip of the peninsula with a wide sandy beach and a mecca for walkers wanting to explore this part of the rugged coastline. Take a boat trip to Bardsey Island, famous for its wildlife and rugged coastline.

Abersoch

A vibrant village, seaside resort and beach with plenty to occupy families and water sports enthusiasts. It is also a good base to explore the area whether by car, bike or the many walking trails.

Llanbedrog

Another great family friendly village with a sandy beach owned by the National Trust. Walk up Mynydd Tir y Cwmwd ( the headland ) to the tin man - beautiful heathland landscapes and amazing views overlooking Cardigan Bay.

Pwllheli

This old and bustling market town and its narrow streets offers plenty to explore and is surrounded by a busy harbour and wide sandy beaches, with plenty of opportunities to try traditional Welsh ice cream.

Criccieth

Benefitting from two beaches separated by a headland rising above the town with a medieval castle perched atop this has been an attractive seaside destination since Victorian times. Take a trip to the castle for some great views over Tremadog Bay.

Porthmadog

A harbour town rich in history, visit the nearby beach of Blackrock sands and don’t miss the opportunity of a trip on a steam train exploring Snowdonia’s glorious coastlines, mountains, rivers and castles from the harbour station.

Pass of Aber-Glaslyn

Running through a narrow gorge this route offers some great views, enhanced if you stop and walk along the banks of the Glaslyn river as it tumbles over the rocks and maybe catch views of the steam train that follows the same route.

Beddgelert

A village on the steam rail line of fine stone buildings and a bridge over the river to explore. Take the short walk to see the resting place of Gelert, the legendary resting place of the 13th century Prince Llewelyn’s faithful hound or just wander the many paths to take in the vistas.

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Overview

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Parc Glynllifon

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27.7 miles

Whistling Sands

3
2.5 miles

Aberdaron

4
12.5 miles

Abersoch

5
3.1 miles

Llanbedrog

6
3.7 miles

Pwllheli

7
13.1 miles

Criccieth

8
4.8 miles

Porthmadog

9
6.6 miles

Pass of Aber-Glaslyn

10
1.0 miles

Beddgelert

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About the The Lleyn Peninsula Trail

Distance: 75 miles
Cites / Towns: 10
Number Of Businesses: 0

Explore North Wales with its sandy beaches, rugged coastline, forest and heathland and a variety of fishing villages, seaside resorts and ancient castles.

Start the trail at Parc Glynlifon exploring the woodland walking trails, follies, modern sculpture, streams and other water features. Follow the coast towards Aberdaron passing through many of the coastal villages like Trefor and Nefyn with harbours and beaches before stopping at the popular crescent shaped Whistling Sands beach.

Nearby Aberdaron is a former fishing village, a base for walks along the rugged headland or a chance to catch boat trip to Bardsey Island.

On to Abersoch, Llanbedrog and Pwllheli, three great seaside destinations for families, adventure and water sports enthusiasts. Criccieth combines beaches with the ruins of a 13th century castle on the headland.

The harbour town of Porthmadog is a base for exploring more of Snowdonia by car up the Aberlaslyn Pass to Beddgelert with some great views of the stunning scenery. If you want a more relaxing time the Ffestiniog and Welsh Mountain steam railway runs from the harbour at Porthmadog to Beddgelert.

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Pretty Villages

This part of Wales is home to many pretty villages for visitors to explore. Take in the charm and local hospitality as you wind your way through the countryside or may be stay a while and use village as base to explore the wider area.

Beaches

Long stretches of sand make the beaches of Wales a great place to play and take a walk with some fantastic scenery. If it’s not too cold, you may be tempted to dip your toes in!

Coastal Delights

The Welsh coast has some great scenery, picturesque villages with warm welcoming hospitality and fantastic places to walk and relax. Enjoy the fresh air, spot the local wildlife and unwind.