Dinas Dinlle Walk

June 24th, 2019

To make the most of this gorgeous spring weather (finally!), this week we’ll feature two fabulous walks on the Oakeley blog…. This first one is a lovely flat route along the Llŷn Peninsula’s northern coastline.

Where:              Dinas Dinlle, Gwynedd

Distance:          Approx 4 miles

Difficulty:          Easy

Start:                Seafront car park in Dinas Dinlle (follow the A487 south from Caernarfon  and then the A499 towards Nefyn and Pwllheli. Turn right for signposted road to Dinas Dinlle and Caernarfon Airport. Follow road to Dinas Dinlle and park beside toilets and café). Postcode for sat nav is LL54 5TW (approx)

Grid Ref:           SH 436 567

Maps:               OS Explorer 254: Lleyn Peninsula East

Directions:     

1: Looking at sea, bear right to follow tarmac path along top of beach. Continue for almost a mile to the path end by airport fences. Turn right along lane, passing museum and airport.

2: Follow lane, passing entrance to caravan park then lane becomes rougher. Continue to end, walk through gate then bear right and follow embankment path. Ignore first bridge and stay ahead to meet go through gate near next stone bridge.

3: Walk onto bridge briefly, through gate and follow grassy path along embankment, keeping river to left. When river veers left, stay ahead then soon bear right towards ruined barn. Cross footbridge over stream close to barn and head left past barn then turn right with path around edge of house and garden.

4: Use rough track to cross field and walk to footpath sign in the right corner of the field. Through gate and turn right along lane. Pass cottages and bus stop, then take next right at for signed track. Walk to farm and continue ahead through yard.

5: Walk through first gate then straight across for another to walk along green path. Eventually this leads through gate and heads right and over footbridge. Bear right and continue to follow grassy path.

6: When you meet gate, walk through it and pass then caravan park. Continue ahead then at the junction with the main road turn left to reach the car park.

Points of Interest

1: Just south of the seafront car park, an Iron Age hill-fort stands overlooking the coast. It has been eroded by the sea, but it’s thought to have been occupied again during the Roman occupation in the 2nd century.

2: Dinlle means the fort of Lleu – a hero of Welsh mythology. His mother, Arianrhod, had her own fort nearby, the remains of which can be seen at low tide as a low island. These legends show how the land is eroding here – on average about a metre a year, but this provides important sediment that helps create new dunes and wildlife habitats over the bay at Newborough.

**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.