Walk the Wales Coast Path from Abersoch to Pwllheli

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Route Summary:

A shorter section of the Wales Coast Path that takes in Abersoch, Llanbedrog and Pwllheli.

Distance: 12.9 km

Ascent: 188 m

Time: Allow 4 hours

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Start and Finish: Abersoch to Pwllheli

Facilities:

Plenty of facilities in Abersoch, cafe at Llanbedrog with a shop and pubs in the village. Again, plenty of facilities at Pwllheli.

Check out the businesses nearby for more places to stay and drink.

Hazards:

Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

Public Transport:

The Bws Llyn is only £1, and can be used to get from the start/end of this route as far as Nefyn or Abersoch.

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Walk the Wales Coast Path from Abersoch to Pwllheli Details

The section of Wales Coast Path from Abersoch to Pwlheli is reasonably short, making it an ideal opportunity to explore and spend time at either of the resorts either end, or at Llanbedrog at the half way point. Thankfully, there’s no road walking on this section, with the path keeping as close to the coast as possible all the way.

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Abersoch to Llanbedrog

Abersoch is a popular tourist destination, very popular. Some would say exclusive, and while the house prices are often prohibitive for most locals and outsiders alike, there’s nothing that will make a booted coastal walker feel out of place! You will however spot some shops that feel more city centre than located literally out on Wales’ limb. These reflect the swollen wallets that descend here at the weekend desperate to empty them by the time they return home. Walking along the sandy beach, it’s no surprise that it’s so popular. The Wales Coast Path heads out of Abersoch toward’s The Warren and it’s beach. You’ve left the village behind, but this is where the thousands of visitors flock to stay in one of the hundreds of ‘exclusive’ caravans and chalets. Ahead, you can see the headland of Trwyn Llanbedrog, looking positively impassable from this angle. However, other than a quarry that prevents the direct access to the hill of Mynydd Tir-y-cwmwd, the going is straightforward enough.

Mynydd Tir y Cwmwd

Before descending to Llanbedrog, you’l be treated to the views as you skirt this hill. However, it’s worth making the short detour to climb to the summit which is only 132m high. At the top of the path from Llanbedrog you’ll spot the Iron or Tin Man, a famous local landmark. It looks like someone on the summit from Llanbedrog, and rather puzzling if you’re not aware of the true nature! It was originally a wooden figurehead from a boat that was erected in 1919 by the owner of the nearby Plas Glyn y Weddw, Solomon Andrews. When this was burnt down in the 1970s, it was replaced by a second Tin Man with the current one being the third.

Llanbedrog to Pwllheli

There’s a beach cafe at Llanbedrog, the village being an unwelcome diversion from the walk, but there are a couple of pubs and a good convenience store here to stock up. There’s also one of the sandiest beaches on the Llyn Peninsula, decorated by a row of colourful beach huts during the season. The coastal path continues on the beach for a while before climbing to follow the clifftop towards the low headland of Carreg y Defaid. The route continues along Traeth y Grugan before passing the golf course to bring you to Pwllheli’s South Beach / Marian y De. A short walk takes you into the centre of Pwllheli, which is a small but bustling town with numerous shops and pubs.

Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader.
Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.

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