Nantgwrtheyrn to Trefor – Wales Coast Path

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This short hike completes the 106 miles (270.5km) of the Lleyn Peninsula, having walked from Trefor to Caernarfon on a previous trip to North Wales.

Conscious of the 4 hour journey home, we were tweeting the sunrise to various media channels, before setting off up the from the car park at Portu Nant. This path is like the A470 in comparison to the previous couple of days.

There isn’t a soul around, there is a biting wind, looking down we can see the Welsh language and heritage centre in the valley below, and the steep hill we had dragged our sorry selves up previously.

We climb steadily to Bwlch yr Eifl before extending our walk up towards the microwave station to take in the views across North Wales.

Lucy compares me to her Dad as I am now using her walking pole to point out various landmarks. It sounded to me that the O’Donnell children were lucky not to have their eyes poked out through Mr. O’D’s enthusiastic use of his stick.

On that highest point on the Wales Coast Path, we parted company, me heading up hill to the Eifl (564 mts) and Lucy downhill towards Trefor. By the time I reached the top the low cloud had obliterated any views, it was very Game of Thronesish up there, swirling low clouds. Where is Jon Snow? I abandoned the Trek to the Iron Age settlement of Tre’r Ceiri to another day.

Heading downhill was harder going – the loose stones giving way under foot, annoyingly as I picked up the path again, the sun came out.

Just passed Bwlch yr Eifl I stopped to chat with a group of walkers from Prestatyn, reflecting that I was glad to be going down the hill, rather than an upward climb from Trefor.

Coming off the moor I pass a ruined miners cottage, and from then on it is an easy walk down the path, then a lane across a couple of fields. At the road I take a left the next sign makes you think that you are heading back up the mountain towards the brooding Eifl Granite Quarries, but the path takes you on a dog leg passing the white washed West End cottages, to a very pleasant stretch along the cliffs to the pretty harbour at Trefor.


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