Llŷn Coastal Path

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North Wales Path

Coordinates: 53°08′42″N 4°16′08″W / 53.145°N 4.269°W / 53.145; -4.269

North east of Trwyn Cila
The coastnear Porth Ychain
The coast near Nefyn
Porth Meudwy, near Aberdaron
Abersoch harbour


The Llŷn Coastal Path is a waymarked 146-kilometre (91 mi) long-distance footpath running along the coast of the Llŷn Peninsula from Caernarfon to Porthmadog in Gwynedd, north-west Wales. A large part of the Llŷn Peninsula is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.[1]

Devised and implemented by Gwynedd County Council and the Countryside Council for Wales, the path opened in 2006, though it has since been changed and improved. This work is continuing as part of the path's integration into the Wales Coast Path, an 870-mile (1,400 km) long-distance walking route around the whole coast of Wales from Chepstow to Queensferry.[2]

Description[edit]

The route passes through hidden coves and beaches, along cliff-top paths, through small harbours and towns such as Caernarfon and Porthmadog, detours slightly inland where it rises to as much as 980 feet (300 m) and covers the coast of both north and south Llŷn. Snowdonia, Wales’ biggest National Park, lies to the east and the Irish Sea to the west. The weather in these parts can be unpredictable.

The Coastal Path is partly based on an ancient pilgrimage route to Bardsey Island, now a National Nature Reserve.[3]

Wildlife is abundant in this area, and bottle-nosed dolphins and Atlantic grey seals can often be seen in the coastal waters. In the dunes there are stonechats, goldfinches, and sand martins. Migratory birds pass this way too, so autumn brings the arrival of redwings, chaffinches, starlings and skylarks.[3] The rare Red-billed chough breeds in small numbers.[4]

The route[edit]

The route can be split into 7 main sections:[5]

Caernarfon–Llanfaglan
Llanfaglan–Groeslon
Groeslon–Aberdesach
Aberdesach–Trefor
Trefor–Penrhyn Glas
Penrhyn Glas–Porth Dinllaen
Porth Dinllaen–Porth Ysgaden
Porth Ysgaden–Porth Widlin
Porth Widlin–Porth Orion
Porth Orion–Aberdaron
Aberdaron–Plas yn Rhiw
Plas yn Rhiw–Porth Neigwl
Porth Neigwl–Machroes
Machroes–Llanbedrog Beach
Llanbedrog Beach–Pwllheli
Pwllheli–Pen-ychain
Pen-ychain–Criccieth
Criccieth–Porthmadog

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gwynedd County Council - Llŷn Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  2. ^ BBC News Wales - All-Wales coast path nears completion Retrieved 2 January 2012
  3. ^ a b "North Wales Walking Holidays". walkingnorthwales.co.uk. 
  4. ^ Morris, Steven (9 August 2010). "National Trust bids £3m for North Wales coastal idyll". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 April 2015.  "Five per cent of the UK's population of the chough, a small crow with a curved red bill, is found on Llyn."
  5. ^ Gwynedd County Council - Llŷn Coastal Path

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