Activities

 

Geocaching

Miles of footpaths, the coastal path and quiet country lanes to explore.

Maps are available locally.

Wales Coastal Path

Llŷn Coastal Path - visit our Popular Walks page for more information.

Geocaching

Geocaching is treasure hunting with the advantages of satellite navigation GPS units, combined with all the resources of the internet. There are 4000 geocaches in Wales which can be found on the Geocaching Wales website: www.geocachingwales.com

 

Surfing

Image © Turtle Photography

Aberdaron and Porthor (depending on wind direction) are better for beginners and Porth Ceiriad and Porth Neigwl have more challenging conditions for experienced surfers.

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Cycling is a great way to explore the area, with the reward of stunning panoramic views.
Cycle hire is available locally.

Local Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer 12: Llŷn Peninsula West

Llŷn Cycle Routes

Mynydd yr Ystum
This journey begins along a section of the Pilgrims' Way to Bardsey Island in the picturesque village of Aberdaron. Here, in the church of St. Hywyn can be found two 6th Century headstones. Y Gegin Fawr, now a popular cafe, was once a stopping off point for pilgrims before the perilous crossing of Bardsey Sound. History abounds here and our trail passes an ancient burial chamber, a standing stone and a Stone Age weapons factory. The tranquil church in Llangwnnadl, another saintly destination, is also worth visiting.

Garn Fadryn
Ascending towards Mynytho, the view ahead is dominated by rocky Garn Fadryn. To the left is Porth Neigwl (Hell's Mouth) with Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island) beyond. From the picnic site under Foel Gron, Mynytho, there is a magnificent view across Bae Ceredigion (Cardigan Bay) to the mountains of Meirionnydd. St Tudwall's islands lie beyond the bustle of Abersoch's bay.

Good Cycling Code

  • Read the Highway Code; always follow it.

  • Act considerately; particularly on shared use paths.

  • Beware of pedestrians; ring your bell or politely call out to them.

  • Make sure your bicycle is roadworthy.

  • Take extra care at road junctions, on steep hills and in damp conditions.

  • Wear a cycle helmet and bright reflective clothing.

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With many seabirds migrating through the area and nesting on the cliffs and many species of small birds, there's plenty to see all year round.

Some bird species you will see: Buzzard, Chough, Curlew, Fulmar, Gannet, Great Black-backed Gull, Guillemot, Razorbill, Heron, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, Kittiwake, Manx Shearwater, Oyster Catcher, Peregrine Falcon, Puffin, Sand Martin, Shag, Cormorant, Raven, Waders, and miscellaneous summer visitors and many garden birds.

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Sea fishing from the beach or you can charter a boat. Coarse fishing is available at Llŷn Leisure. Tackle and bait are sold locally.

Sea Fishing - Pysgota Môr
Charter boats are available from Pwllheli or you can launch your own small boat from the beach at Aberdaron for a small fee. (Contact Gwynedd council for more information.)

Many species are found including Summer - Wrasse, pollack, mackerel, bull huss, ray, plaice, conger and dogfish. Also occasional smoothhound. Winter - whiting, codling, and coalfish.

Uwchmynydd offers excellent rock fishing for the adventurous. Porthor and Aberdaron Beach are great places for beach fishing


Coarse Fishing
Llŷn Leisure offer freshwater lakes stocked with Carp and Tench.

Shore fishing | Boat Fishing

 

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Sailing

The Aberdaron Sailing Club holds Regattas during the summer and has traditional clinker vessels and 'Toppers'.

If you are planning on going to sea by boat or kayak please consider registering with the Coastguard - its free!

If planning to launch at council controlled slip-ways, you need to register first and show insurance. Contact Gwynedd Council for more information.

Please note: some beaches have dog restrictions - click here for more information.

 

Sea Kayaking

The coastline provides plenty to explore and challenges for the more experienced kayaker.

You can also do Kayak fishing and kayak surfing.

Appealing to all ages sea kayaking will let you explore Wales’ coastline and ocean waves. Take a trip into caves, around uninhabited islands and onto beaches that can’t be reached on foot, and as you paddle the shoreline you’ll see an abundance of wildlife which may include inquisitive seals and dolphins swimming close by. Depending on your level and experience, either go on an exhilarating trip crashing through waves or a calm paddle across smooth waters.


Kayak with Llŷn Adventures

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Between Whitsun and September 2016 there will be ‘turn up and have a go’ kayaking sessions on offer at Aberdaron through an exciting partnership with Llŷn Adventures.

These introductory kayaking sessions run from Aberdaron beach using single seat and tandem sit on top kayaks which are easy to paddle and are very stable.

Sessions vary depending on the sea conditions. When the sea is calm we offer a scenic journey learning about the fascinating coastline, rich local history and incredible wildlife including sea birds like puffins and Manx shearwaters, as well as seals and porpoises. If the sea is rough and the weather is still favourable we will offer surf sessions in the waves.

During the session you will be looked after by a qualified kayaking coach who will provide you with all the necessary equipment and look after you throughout your adventure.

Where and when?

Sessions will run on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday during Whitsun and summer school holidays and on Saturdays between the two holiday periods and throughout September.

There is no need to pre-book so you can turn up and have a go. However if you’re keen to secure your place you can book in advance by contacting Porth y Swnt or Llŷn Adventures.

The meeting place and session start point is Porth y Swnt visitor centre, Aberdaron.

You need to bring swim wear, old trainers and a towel
Activity duration is 2 hours
Session start times are 10am, 12.30pm and 2.45pm
Minimum age is 8 and we advise that children under 11 should be accompanied by an adult.
Young children are best sharing one of the tandem kayaks with one or two adults.
Swimming ability is useful but not vital
A session costs £25 per person, (20% reduction for National Trust members).

What are you waiting for, why not get out into our beautiful countryside and see it from a different perspective by giving a new adventure activity a go.


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Bouldering

images © Simon Panton

Bouldering - climbing with a crash mat and no ropes - is fast becoming a popular sport, especially at Porth Ysgo.

Bouldering venues on Llŷn are limited, but the shortfall is more than made up for by the presence of the extensive gabbro boulder field at Porth Ysgo. The rock is superb, and the climbing equally impressive with classic must do problems across the grade. Porth Ysgo bouldering is best enjoyed in the autumn, winter and spring when the rock is at its best, and it’s not uncommon to climb in a T-shirt in January.

The only downside is the rather unforgiving nature of the ground beneath the boulders, but plenty of mats and attentive spotters ensure that the confident climber is rewarded with some of the best bouldering in the UK.

 

Classic ‘Must Do’ Problems:
Perrin’s Crack – Font 5+
The Incredible Shaking Man – Font 6a
Made in Heaven – Font 6b
Higginson scar – Font 6b+
Fast Cars – Font 6c
Popcorn Party – Font 7a
Ding Dong’s Arete sds – Font 7b+

 

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