Aberdaron – LL53 8BE – Beach 11
Aberdaron is the most westerly village on the Llyn Peninsula, and about 15mins drive from our our self-catering farmhouse and barn conversion here at Cae Garw.
Nestled in a small valley, its unspoilt whitewashed cottages and church is steeped in history, being the last stopping off point for pilgrims during the 5th century – before crossing over to the holy Island of Bardsey.
With a mile long stretch of beach between two picturesque headlands, it is ideally suited to a variety of water sports such as kayaking, canoeing and even surfing. There are also good fishing points off many of the rocks on the headland.
Much of the local land is owned by the National Trust providing excellent walks. Coastal footpaths to the left of Aberdaron will lead you a nearby small fishing cove at Porth Meudwy, where a 4 mile boat trip will take you on a day trip across to Bardsey Island.
From Porth Meudwy, a footpath continues towards Pen y Cil heath land – rich in flora and fauna, and onto Mynydd Mawr – a former Coastguard lookout point with unsurpassed views towards Bardsey, and over towards Pwllheli and Abersoch. At the foot of Mynydd Mawr is Ffynnon Fair (St Mary’s Well) – the last stopping off point of pilgrims crossing to Enlli.
Bardsey -Ynys Enlli – has been a place of important Christianity and pilgrimage since the 5th century, and became a focal point for the Celtic Christian Church during the 6th century – where one of the welsh saints – St Cadfan – built a monastery on the Island. There are reputedly 20,000 saints buried on the island and three trips to Bardsey were considered equal to a pilgrimage to Rome
Aberdaron has 2 pubs- The Ship and Ty Newydd, the latter of which has a terrace overlooking the beach. Also in the village are a few shops and cafes, including “Y Gegin Fawr” where reputedly the pilgrims eat their last meal before crossing over to Bardsey.
It also has a thatched bakery – with freshly baked produce daily.
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