Beautiful Borth-y-Gest Beach Walk

July 7th, 2019

This is a favourite walk of ours here at the Oakeley Arms, an oldie but most definitely a goodie! And well worth re-visiting during these beautiful summer months! Join us on a lovely walk to discover the pretty coves and hidden bays of Borth-y-Gest.

Where:              Borth-y-Gest, near Porthmadog, Gwynedd.

Distance:          Approx 4 miles

Difficulty:          Easy

Start:                Car park in village centre (follow A487 to Porthmadog, half way along high street turn into Bank Place (signed Black Rock). Follow uphill, fork left for Borth-y-Gest. Car park is along bay opposite shop and café)

Grid Ref:           SH 565 375

Map:                 OS Explorer 254: Lleyn Peninsula East


1: Turn away from harbour, head up short path at top left corner of car park. Turn left and stay ahead as road sweeps to right; passing large houses and B&B on right.

2: At road end stay ahead to follow footpath, passing church above on right. Continue ahead on beach top path (at T-junction after steps up, ignore path forking right and uphill and stay ahead). Cross footbridge, down steps and onto beach.

3: Cross beach and soon after small brook, look for path uphill at bottom right corner of sand dune. Follow path as it snakes to right. Turn left at top and follow path along stone wall. Keep ahead; at end turn right at footpath sign, through open gate then immediately left.

4: Follow windy path, down steep steps, then wider zig-zag steps. At end, either turn left down concrete slipway then right onto beach, or if tide is high go straight over slipway and follow stony path at top of embankment, golf course on right. Head for rocky outcrop on left with small white house just visible, if tide out then skirt around edge of rocks. If not, continue along embankment path dropping down to Black Rock Beach.

5: On beach continue ahead with dunes to right, until first main exit on right (look for wooden sign-board). Take exit, passing toilets then caravan parks. Soon after Glanaber Pub take right turn for Y Ffridd, passing large house to right. Soon look for public footpath sign leading into wooded area. Follow path, cross stream and emerge onto golf course.

6: Follow gravel path through course and after large bend and fence posts, track will meet tarmac road. Turn left then almost immediately right along fence to path uphill into trees. Continue until you emerge into caravan park. Turn left.

7: Follow windy road through park and after tennis courts go slightly left then immediately right at junction, with duck pond to right. Follow windy road uphill, passing 2 wooden bin stores. At first caravan on your left leave road to cross small grassy clearing on right, leading to path through trees and fork left through gate. For fabulous view point take second path on right. Return to path turning right, eventually through kissing gate, turn right, pass rear of houses. Turn left at road leading down Mersey Street back to car park.

Refreshments are available in Borth-y-Gest village – Seaview Café and Shop and The Moorings Restaurant.

Point of Interest:

1: The white cottage on the edge of Black Rock Beach is known as “Powder House” because gunpowder for the slate mines of Ffestiniog was offloaded from passing boats and stored here.


**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.