Porthdinllaen and  Morfa Nefyn beach walk & a visit to Nant Gwrtheyrn


Where is it? Porthdinllaen and Nefyn, to be more exact Morfa Nefyn, on the north coast of the Llyn peninsula.

How long will it take ? The walk is approximately 3 miles (5km) and can be completed in an hour ………but what’s the rush?

What’s the attraction? : Glorious views, fantastic beach, rock pools, sea weed, the children will love it.

Essentials : A beach towel, ….if the weather is right.

Rating : Easy, but some steep steps. Suitable for all the family.

Facilities : Toilets are available on the sea front at Porthdinllaen. Refreshments are available at the Ty Coch Inn at Porthdinllaen.


This walk is quite short, but the natural beauty of this setting and area are well worth the trip. On this scenic walk, weather permitting, you can spend a few hours walking in Wales without needing to worry about taking whistles, emergency food supplies or getting lost on the mountains.


After parking the vehicle we make our way down the steps to Morfa Nefyn Beach. To the north east are the rivals, a range of extinct volcanoes that point toward northern Gwynedd and to your left the beach sweeps round toward Porth Dinllaen.


We walk toward Porth Dinllaen, if the tide is high there is a path between the water and the cliff bank. If the tide is low there are rocks to clamber over, rock pools to explore, and great banks of sea weed to slip on!


Porth Dinllaen itself consists of a cluster of cottages and a pub, the Ty Coch Inn, so why not treat yourself to a beer room with a view. The Ty Coch Inn is arguably the best pub in Wales and OFFICIALLY in the top ten beach bars in the world… according to a recent survey . It is situated in the beachside village of Porthdinllaen. With views across the Irish Sea to The Rivals and a sandy beach on its doorstep. What better way to while away the hours.


Ignoring the track up the hillside that starts behind the cottages we continue round the headland to the Lifeboat Bay. As well as the Lifeboat there is a cavern and a small bay to explore where seals and seabirds can be seen on the rocks.


We then climb the few moderate steps to the top of the bank and the Nefyn Golf course. The path takes us back along the cliff top and through the Golf Course giving you fantastic views to the east and west. The road comes out near the Club House, where we follow the coastal cliff path back towards our starting point.


On our return route we visit Nant Gwrtheyrn or “the Nant” as it is often called, now home to the National Welsh Language and Heritage Centre, is a magical place located in a former quarrying village on the northern coast of the Llŷn Peninsula in north Wales.


This secluded Victorian village has undergone a £5m renovation in recent years to cater for weddings and conferences as well as the provision of 5* and 4* accommodation for up to 120 guests. Nant Gwrtheyrn now attracts over 30,000 day visitors a year and a range of residential groups. The Centre specializes in teaching Welsh language for Adults (as a second language) and offers intensive residential courses throughout the year.


Visit the Heritage Centre which houses displays about the Welsh language and culture, as well as the history of the village which includes a period house set in a Victorian quarry community and information about the unique wildlife which can be discovered in this remote coastal valley and beach.



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