March 6th, 2019
Today on the Oakeley blog we’re taking a walk to explore a lovely market town and community on the Llyn Peninsula, Pwllheli. The town originally grew up around the fishing and ship building industries but these days, as most of the towns along the coast, it relies heavily on tourism and now boasts many holiday resorts, a bustling town centre and state of the art marina.
It’s a lovely little town, well worth exploring!
Where: Pwllheli, Gwynedd.
Distance: Approx 1.5 miles
Start: Y Maes car park, Pwllheli. Postcode for sat nav is LL53 5HA (approx)
Grid Ref: SH 373 350
Maps: OS Explorer 253: Llŷn Peninsula West
1: From the car park, walk in the direction of the mini-roundabout, with the Conservative Club on your left. Go straight over the roundabout with the Mitre Pub on the right and walk up Gaol Street.
2: Ignoring the High Street on the right, continue upwards towards Capel Salem and take the road heading straight up, keeping the chapel on your right. Walk steeply uphill now, passing the entrance to a college on the right and then continue as the hill levels out.
3: Take the next turning on the right, signposted for the cemetery and follow the lane as it bends sharp left. Turn right opposite a bungalow along a lane with the cemetery to your left.
4: Continue uphill now for approx ¼ mile then look out for a track to Ffridd (housename) on the right with a gate and a cattle-grid. Turn right here then shortly bear right again for a path through the farm land.
5: Follow the path across three fields towards woodland, then when you meet a clear track bear right and follow it through woodland to bring you out by flats on North Street. Turn left and then right at the junction.
6: Go straight over the mini-roundabout, passing a supermarket on the right. Follow the road round to the right and continue ahead onto the High Street, bearing left at a fork.
7: Walk the length of the High Street, passing the Tower Hotel on the right. At the end of the street, turn left onto Gaol Street and re-trace your steps to the car park.
Points of Interest
1: A lively market is held in the Maes car park every Wednesday. Alternative parking can be found at North Quay (LL53 5HG).
2: According to the 2011 census, 81% of Pwllheli’s population are Welsh speaking!