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Out and About near Pwllheli

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Out and About near Pwllheli

We’re staying at Haven Hafan Y Mor in early October for a long weekend and from what I can gather Pwllheli is the closest town (village?).

How would you describe Pwllheli – is it like a typical coastal town with a ‘front’ you can take a walk and fish &chip restaurants etc?

Secondly – as we don’t plan to eat at the camp a few good ideas for food would be appreciated...any decent take-aways, any nice pubs serving decent meals, any nice cafes for breakfast?

We’ll probably be venturing off throughout the day (we have a car) so any recommended places to visit would be appreciated...we’re a group of 4 people (29, 42, 43 and 52) so not youngsters - sightseeing that kind of thing!

PS – if any knows anything about the accommodation at the Hafan Y Mor I have another post and any replies would be greatly appreciated!!

Many Thanks

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1. Re: Out and About near Pwllheli

If you are wanting to walk along the sea front, then I prefer Criccieth to Pwllheli with its two beaches and ruined castle. Go and find Cadwallader’s Ice Cream Parlour. The fish and chip shop just up the hill on the opposite side of the road comes highly recommended.



Ideas of things to do:

• Visit Portmeirion, the setting of the cult 60s TV show, The Prisoner. This is a fantasy village built by the quirky architect Clough Williams Ellis. It is a photogrpaher’s delight. There are some beautiful walks round the grounds.


• Go for a ride on either the Welsh Highland Railway or the Ffestiniog Railway. Scenically both are very good.

The Welsh Highland is a newly opened narrow gauge steam railway built on the trackbed of a line which closed in the 1930s. It is a marvellous run along the flanks of Snowdon, through Beddgelert and the Pass of Aberglaslyn.

The Ffestiniog Railway is a heritage narrow gauge steam railway which carried slate from the hills above Blaenau Ffesiniog to the slate wharves at Porthmadog. Think about breaking journey at Tan y Bwlch were there is a good cafe and a nice walk down the nature trail to the lake you see from the train.


• Visit the slate caverns at Blaenau Ffestiniog. There are two rides you can go on here - the deep mine and the miner’s tramway. Both are very different.


• Visit Beddgelert and go and find Gelert’s Grave.


• Spend a day exploring the Llyn Peninsula.

Visit Llanbedrog for Plas Glyn-y-Weddw Art Gallery, Abersoch (yachting centre), Rhiw to visit the delightful old house called Plas yn Rhiw and Aberdaron, with its beautiful old church on the beach. Look for the bakers in the tin hut as you drop down the road into the village, His scones are excellent, especially eaten overlooking the beach. Y Gegin Fawr in the village does meals and snacks. Drive to the coastguard station on the headland where there are some glorious walks. Go and find Porth Oer beach, at low tide one of the most beautiful on the peninsula with sand an, rocks and rock pools, The NAtional Trust have a small cafe and shop by the beach. Go and find Garn. Park at the chapel and follow the track beside it, go through the gate and follow the footpath to the top of Madryn for one of the best views of the peninsula. Stop at Morfa Nefyn and walk along the beach (at low tide) to Porth Dinllaen and Ty Coch Inn and the lifeboat station. End up at Llithfaen and take the turn at the crossroads in the centre of the village to the “Deserted Village’ of Porth-y-Nant (Nant Gwrtheyrn). Leave the car in the car park and walk down the road. The village has been restored as a Welsh Language Centre. From the car park you can also walk to the iron age hill fort of Tre’r Ceiri with the remains of hut circles and stone wall.

Some useful links for the Llyn Peninsula:







Edited: 13 August 2011, 20:38
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2. Re: Out and About near Pwllheli

Wow! I've got nothing more to add.

Well done EESW.

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3. Re: Out and About near Pwllheli

That's fantastic thanks - we'll get our heads together and look through your suggestions

Any good eating places to recommend locally?

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4. Re: Out and About near Pwllheli

Well I'll add my congratulations to EESW for a really excellent review of the area, and very comprehensive too. I'll just add a few thoughts of my own.

I ;personally prefer Pwllheli to Criccieth. It's a lovely little town with shops and banks. The station there is still open so you could consider a ride to Harlech or Barmouth. Myself, I would stay in Llyn. The sea front at Pwllheli is not like a traditional resort as its about half a mile form the town itself but it is sandy and there are pleasant walks by the sea. Try walking to Gimblet Rock.

There's also a sandy beach at Abererch.

EESW omitted to mention that the beach at Porth Oer is known as "Whistling Sands" because of the noise it makes when you walk over the sand.

You migfht also like some of the smaller beaches between Pwllheli and Aberdaron - Hell's Mouth is a good choice - always seems to be windier than anywhere else with rougher seas but it's a good sandy beach.

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5. Re: Out and About near Pwllheli

We've always had problems trying to get the sand to 'whistle'. It seems to need to be very dry and dust like.

Being pedantic I would hardly call Hell's Mouth a 'smaller beach' at about 5 miles across. Hell's Mouth is a good tramping beach on a windy day. It isn't the sort of beach you want to sit on and sun bathe.

Llanbedrog has a small sheltered and sandy beach.

Criccieth also has a station as well as Pwllheli which is the end of the line.

I forgot to mention the Purple Moose Brewery in Porthmadog which brews excellent real ale.


You should be able to sample this in Spooner's Bar on the Ffestiniog Railway Station. This is a regular CAMRA pub of the season/year winner and serves a range of real ale.

The cafe on the station serves meals and snacks and Spooner's serves evening meals.

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6. Re: Out and About near Pwllheli

Morfa Nefyn is definatly a great spot for drive out. have a look at

www.tycoch.co.uk. Only open in evenings in summer due to location. Great for a walk in the day time.

Portmeirion is a great day (we got married there) very magical and some nice walks around and about.

Abersoch is a bit "cool" and "surfy" nice afternoon

Llanbedrog would be one of my favouirte beaches.

Pwllheli is a small town. that is more local than touristy. A little run down. Hence the touristy places mentioned about are nice.

The red lion at Tudweiliog is a nice pub.

Enjoy - stunning part of the country

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