May 17th, 2018
The month of May is National Walking Week 2018. And we are so lucky here at the Oakeley Arms to live and work within close reach of some of the finest walking areas in the country. Whether you fancy a hike up a hill, a stroll along the beach or a climb up a mountain, then Snowdonia walking has got it!
So, to celebrate National Walking Month 2018 we’re going to feature two fab North Wales walks this week, both not too far from us here at the Oakeley Arms. So why not give them a try in this glorious sunny spring weather we’re blessed with at the moment!
Blow the cobwebs away with this bracing walk along part of the Llyn Coastal Path.
Where: Llanengan, Abersoch, Gwynedd.
Distance: Approx 6 miles
Difficulty: Moderate – good paths but a fairly long walk.
Start: Car park near bottom of Hell’s Mouth Beach (from Abersoch village, take the road towards Llanengan. Go through village, passing the Sun Inn, then the speed limit sign shortly after. Continue for less than ½ mile and car park is on left, just as road bends sharp left. Nearest postcode for Sat Nav LL53 7LG).
Grid Ref: SH 285 267
Maps: OS Explorer 253 (Lleyn Peninsula West)
*Please note that some sections of this walk are tidal – the beach at Hell’s Mouth may be impassable at a very high tide. Check before starting at www.abersoch.co.uk
Care should also be taken along the cliff tops.
1: Turn your back to road and walk through car park to beach and turn left to walk along it. Towards end of beach head left up to bank and find stile ahead. Cross then turn immediately left and follow path as it passes farm below.
2: At top of hill, continue ahead (don’t take footpath on right) and cross stile. Ignoring stile on left and continue ahead, but about half way across field, bear right uphill to find two gates in the field corner.
3: Go through gate on right-hand side then left to pass right side of house, then at track turn right. At a large gate, find smaller gate beside and go through, then head to right to pass cottages to reach corner of fence/wall on right. Turn right here, passing small pond and at the end of path, turn left, away from Hell’s Mouth below.
4: At junction of paths, head right and follow well-defined path to keep fields on your left, eventually passing OS point. Continue to follow the Coast Path way-markers as it follows the headland.
5: Eventually bear left with the way-markers at Trwyn Cilan and follow path through bushes to reach field. Ignore gate ahead, instead turn right and follow wall to reach gate on left at edge. Head down by fence to follow path with steep cliffs to right below.
6: Eventually go through gate to follow fenced path through fields. Over bridge then continue along path heading inland. Through two more gates and into field. Straight over first to find gate in corner, then turn right along edge of second field to another gate. Go through and walk diagonally right across field towards farm buildings.
7: Through gate then turn left to reach lane. Turn right and walk for 800m, then turn left for footpath by signpost immediately after chapel. Go through gate and stay ahead to cross field and reach lane. Turn left along it, then very soon right along a drive.
8: Pass cottage and stay ahead and into field. Stay along edge then through gate and onto track; turn left. Just before farm turn right and follow path above farmhouse. Through one gate and straight ahead for another. Into field but stay by left-side by fence until you find gap with way-mark. Turn left and downhill to cross bridge and then stile.
9: Stay ahead to reach stile on right, at end of beach; cross then drop down to the beach and re-trace steps back to car park.
Points of Interest:
1: The old chimney that can be seen from the road towards Hell’s Mouth is the remains of an old lead mine.
2: The nearby village of Abersoch made headlines in 2008 when a dilapidated beach hut sold for £150,000
These directions are for guidance only. The Oakeley Arms can accept no responsibility for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use of this information. The information quoted is correct at the time of writing. Always take a map with you and be prepared for the weather for turn. Do not venture out in bad weather.