The Llyn Coastal Path is a 91-mile long footpath running along the Llyn Peninsula coast from Caernarfon to Porthmadog in Gwynedd North-West Wales. The route is known for its outstanding natural beauty.
Most of the route features quiet corners of Wales that feature rugged clifftops, sandy beaches, ancient woodlands, and historical sites, with scenic villages and towns throughout the path. The coastal path provides a memorable walking adventure for any mountain walker who takes up the challenge.
It was first opened in 2006. Since then, it has been improved and marked, making it an excellent route for all levels of walkers.
The Main Stations of the Route
For easier coverage, the route is divided into seven main sections. If you prefer to go by the official guide book, there are nine stations.
Caernarfon – Trefor
The first station in the seven to 10 days walking circuit is the one from Caernarfon to Trefor. Stops along this station include:
- Caernarfon – Llanfaglan
- Llanfaglan – Groeslon
- Groeslon – Aberdesach
On this 6-mile path, you’re in the heart of what used to be a significant slate quarrying area. As the path turns towards the coast, you will Trwyn Maen Dylan, the large rock on the beach, as you head to Aberdesach.
- Aberdesach – Trefor
This is a long walk that takes approximately 5 miles. It runs along the foot of the Gym Goch and Gyrn Ddu mountains. It provides a great perspective on the impact of granite quarrying in the past.
Trefor – Morfa Nefyn
This station runs from Trefor to Porth Dinllaen. The different stages in the route include:
- Trefor – Penrhyn Glas
- Penrhyn Glas – Porth Dinllaen
Morfa Nefyn – Llangwannadl
- Porth Dinllaen – Porth Ysgaden
From the rocky promontory that is Porth Dinllaen, you have the opportunity to admire views on the east and west as you go through this 6.2-mile route. While on your walk, you might get an excellent chance to see the seals close to the shore along the coast of the cove at Porth Ysgaden.
- Porth Yasgaden – Porth Widlin
Llangwnnadl – Aberdaron
- Porth Wildin – Porth Orion
- Porth Orion – Aberdaron
One of the main attractions as you walk towards Aberdaron is Bardsey Island. It was a destination for pilgrims. Legend has it that three visits to Bardsey were equivalent to one visit in Rome.
Aberdaron – Abersoch
- Aberdaron – Plas yn Rhiw
Another 5-mile route running from the coast on the edges of Aberdaron takes you to the sea at Port Ysgol. Plas Yn Rhiw is a 16th Century manor house that was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1949.
- Plas Yn Rhiw – Porth Neigwl
- Porth Neigwl – Machroes
- Machroes – Llanbedrog Beach
Abersoch – Pwllheli
- Llanbedrog Beach – Pwllheli
Pwllheli – Criccieth – Porthmadog
- Pwllheli – Pen-y-chain
The path runs from the busy market town of Pwllheli, follows the beach to Morfa Abererch and on to the hamlet of Pen-y-chain.
- Pen-y-chain – Criccieth
Take in the beauty of the shoreline before turning inland towards Llanystumdwy. Here lies the grave of David Lloyd George before returning to the coast.
- Criccieth – Porthmadog
This 6.5-mile route starts at Criccieth. You can begin your walk at the Criccieth Castle before heading south along the glorious coastline to Porthmadog. The famous and picturesque Black Rock Sands are along this route.
The Llyn Peninsula Coastal Path is perfect for beach lovers, especially the classic golden, sandy types. Many of them have the Blue Flag award for cleanliness and facilities, making them great spots to hang out with family.
The 91-mile long footpath will take you up to a week to complete with rewarding sights, animals, and monuments to see along the way.
At the beach, stop at Llanbedrog, which offers the calmest beaches in all of Wales and Abersoch with its active beaches popular with water sports.