Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Coastwalk , Llŷn Coastal Path

Caernarfon → Trefor

em-aberdesach.png Distance: 18.0 miles
Ascent: 94 metres
Duration: 5 hours 47 minutes

The Llŷn
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caernarfon-castle.pngThe Llŷn Peninsula Coastal Path runs for almost a hundred miles from Caernarfon to Porthmadog. We'll spend the rest of the week broadly following its route, but today we diverged significantly. For a supposedly coastal route, the Path spends most of its first twenty miles unnecessarily far inland. We chose to pick our own way, remaining as close to the sea as possible while using public rights of way.

This largely meant we walked a straight line south-west from Caernarfon on the A499. After yesterday's experience on Anglesey this was easy since there is a footpath most of the way.

st-beuno.pngSt Beuno's church in Clynnog Fawr, towards the end of the walk, is well worth a visit. Although the main church building was constructed around 1530, it incorporates the seventh-century shrine of St Beuno, the area's patron saint. The church is surprisingly large and still has its original misericords, screen and doors; in a glass case, the medieval parish chest is preserved, now badly eaten by woodworm but still bearing massive iron straps and locks. According to the description, money made from the sale of cattle and sheep with a genetic defect in the shape of their ears was put into the parish chest, where it would most likely shared amongst the poor.

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