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Porth Dinllaen (Morfa Nefyn) - Pwllheli

Circular Coast to Coast Cycle Ride on the lanes of the Lleyn peninsula

    Much of this ride is on very quiet, virtually traffic free lanes, though to reach South Beach at Pwllheli you have briefly to go through the centre of this busy little town. Most of the lanes are in fact such a backwater that very few of the turns have signposts.

Each half of the ride traverses the width of the peninsula from coast to coast in one of the most scenic areas of Lleyn. Although the ride itself is not particularly hilly, there are fine views of some of peninsula's highest and most graceful hills. On a clear day the mountains of Snowdonia are also visible.

    A visit to the village of Porth Dinllaen, one of the treasures of the National Trust in north Wales, is not to be missed. This cliff-girt hamlet is on the beach and cannot be accessed by road, so reaching it involves a three quarter mile walk along the beach in each direction, and time should be allowed to include this delightful stroll in your itinerary.

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Route: Porth Dinllaen (NT car park) - Edern - Rhyd-y-Clafdy - Efailnewydd - Pwllheli - Llannor - Nefyn - Porth Dinllaen (Alternatively one can start from Pwllheli, which is at approximately the half way point)

Distance: 22 miles

Ascent: 300 metres. At about half way on the outward leg there is steep descent into a wooded dell immediately followed by a short, very steep ascent. There is a longish climb out of Pwllheli on the return and part of this is steep.

Start: National Trust car park above the beach near Porth Dinllaen, Morfa Nefyn (Grid Ref: 272406 OS map No 123 Lleyn Peninsula). At the seaward end of the large car park there is a picnic and viewing area and a path down to the beach from where the hamlet can be reached on foot.

The ride could also be started from Pwllheli which is about the half-way point: there is a car park on the route near the town centre at Grid Ref: 373344.

Sketch map of a circular cycle ride from Porth Dinllaen

    The Ride

Left out of the Porth Dinllaen car park and then Right and Right again at the main road (B4417)

First Left at the village of Edern

Straight ahead across crossroads

First Right at T junction

Right at crossroads

Left at T junction after a climb signposted Rhyd-y-Clafdy etc.

Left at T junction signposted Rhyd-y-Clafdy etc.

Left at B4415 signposted Rhyd-y-Clafdy

Continue on this quiet B road through the village of Rhyd-y-Clafdy and on to the village of Efailnewydd

At A497 go across main road into lane nearly opposite

First Right at T junction

Continue on this lane and eventually descend over humps into centre of Pwllheli

Right at roundabout just before marketplace and First Left soon passing a car park on the right which could be an alternative starting point for the ride

Turn Left at sea front and after riding along it turn round and return the way you came back to the market place in the centre of Pwllheli, turning Right and Left to exit Pwllheli up the road by which you entered the town, making sure you keep Left at large church, signposted Coleg Meirion

Right at T junction in the village of Llannor

Soon after Llannor Fork Left

First Left (after passing large house and farm on right)

Soon First Left

Soon First Right

At B4354 Right and immediate Left (i.e. almost straight across)

Eventually descend into small town of Nefyn and turn Right at T junction and then almost immediate Left

(You soon pass a road on the right signposted Traeth/Beach, down which you can reach Nefyn's beach, which, like Porth Dinllaen, has a group of pretty cottages at the far end)

Fork Right to return to starting point

    Points of interest

Porth Dinllaen is a picturesque fishing village on the beach and is now owned by the National Trust. It is in a stunning location with breathtaking views and well worth the three quarter mile walk along the beach to reach it. It has its own pub, the Ty Coch, which serves food. If you have time to continue the stroll at little further on to the headland there is a fair chance you will see seals inshore.

Pwllheli is a busy market town that has a long, un-commercialised seafront as well as a harbour.

Llannor is a small village, and even though it is only two or three miles from Pwllheli it has a remote and tranquil atmosphere. The church is mostly about 700 years old, though its quaint tower is only three to four hundred years old.

Nefyn is a large village that has a long sandy beach in a bay not dissimilar to that at Porth Dinllaen next door. At the far end is a group of cottages on the beach, at one of which your webmaster and author of this ride had a memorable holiday as long ago as 1934.

  Photos of the ride

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