Llŷn Peninsula, Gwynedd
The Llŷn Peninsula protrudes some 30
miles from the north west tip of Wales into the Irish Sea just below the
island of Anglesey. The name Llŷn is also sometimes spelled Lleyn,
although this spelling is now less common and is generally considered to be
an anglicisation. It is in the county of Gwynedd.
It is an unspoiled area and anyone who is
familiar with Devon will feel immediately at home here as I felt there were
a lot of similarities. Its beauty has earned it status as An Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty.
In the past, it provided a route for pilgrims
to Bardsea Island.
It has a number of attractive towns/villages,
not least Abersoch, a centre for sailing, Nefyn and Porthdinllaen, a pretty
much ideal sandy bay, picturesque hamlet and a special pub which can only be
reached on foot or by boat. Indeed, there are many superb beaches around the
The Wales Coast Path, now complete along the
whole coast of Wales, provides some great walking opportunities and is an
important element in my walks. It is well signposted though I found the
route shown on my new OS map did not coincide with actuality in some areas.
A picture of one of the Coast Path markers is shown here.
There are a series of Wales
Coast Path Official Guides
There is a chance of seeing dolphins, seals
and a variety of birds around the coast.
Welsh is widely spoken as the first language.
Worthy of special mention are the Keating
sisters, Eileen, Lorna and Honora. They moved from Nottingham to the Llŷn
Peninsula and purchased Plas yn
Rhiw, a medieval manor house in 1939. It was in a poor state but was rescued
and extended by the sisters. They also purchased various bits of land around
the peninsula to avoid it becoming spoilt. The entirety was donated to the
National Trust. The house and garden are well worth a visit.
down for the walks.
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