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Nefyn to Porthdinllaen, Gwynedd

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Start and Finish

Nefyn Maritime Museum to Porthdinllaen

Distance

3 miles or 5 km  

Along the way

Starting out at Nefyn Maritime Museum (a fascinating collection of seafaring artefacts that’s well worth a visit), the walks follows the coastline to the timeless fishing village of Porthdinllaen. As you travel towards Penrhyn Nefyn, take a seat on one of the benches and enjoy the views over the Irish Sea. On a clear day, you can watch the ferries and freighters sailing into the port of Holyhead on Anglesey. Look north along the coast and you can see the former quarries at Carreg y Llam, near Nant Gwrtheryn Welsh Language and Heritage Centre.

When you’re ready to move on, head along the path towards the famous Nefyn & District Golf Course and follow the road down to the village of Porthdinllaen. It sits on a small bay on the tip of the northern peninsula that’s rich in marine flora and fauna. This includes large beds of seagrass, an important marine habitat that’s known to help stabilise the seabed sediments and provide shelter and food for a variety of fish, birds and invertebrates.

If you’re in need of some refreshment, drop into the Tŷ Coch inn. Located right next to the sea, it’s one of the most famous pubs in Wales and has been named one of the best beach bars in the world. Alternatively, wander along the coast to the secluded bay that’s home to Porthdinllaen’s new lifeboat station. 

Walk Highlights

Rhys Roberts, Wales Coast Path Officer highlights:

"Not to be missed are the views back up the coast towards Dinas Dinlle with Yr Eifl mountain range as a back drop.  This walk also takes in Porth Dinllaen, which has to be one of the prettiest little bays in the area, with a little sea side community living here and a fabulous pub which has events going on throughout the summer time.  If you are really lucky, you might spot seals along this section of the coastline too – make sure you bring binoculars for the young ones".

Need to know

  • Nefyn has a number of shops, cafés, car parks and toilets. Along the route you’ll pass pit stops like the Cliffs Inn and Caffi Porthdinllaen and the Tŷ Coch inn.
  • The Llyn Coastal Bus Service is a great way to explore this stunning section of the Wales Coast Path -  ideal if you have tired legs. Visit the Llyn Coastal Bus service website for timetable and pick up points.

Itinerary and Map

Download the Nefyn to Porthdinllaen itinerary (PDF) and a route map (JPEG)

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