Garn Boduan Hillfort Walk
Visit one of the largest ancient Iron Age hillforts in Britain, covering around 10 hectares it is estimated that up to 400 people once lived on this rocky summit. Today you can still see the remains of their homes with over 100 round houses still visible.
The name ‘Boduan’ translates as ‘residence of Buan’ – a legendary character who possibly lived in the late 7th Century. At the highest point, at 279m, the stone ramparted enclosure or citadel dates from around this period.
A serious forest fire about 25 years ago, has left a surreal landscape, with numerous dead trees scattering the plateau. The views from the top of Garn Boduan are amongst the finest on the Llŷn, - you can see the whole of the Llŷn Peninsula, the mountains of Snowdonia, and Anglesey.
The walk takes you along a forest track up through woodland, then the path winds its way up a steep mountain side getting progressively getting narrower to the impressive fort at the top.
Distance: Approx. 2¼ miles – 3½ km (there and back)
Time: Around 1½ hours
Difficulty: Moderate Family Walk (steep ascent)
Postcode for Sat Nav: LL53 8PZ (approx.)
Grid Ref: SH 3158 3876
Ordnance Survey Map: OS Explorer 253: Lleyn Peninsula West
The walk up to the hillfort starts from an off-road, forest gateway on the B4354, near Boduan, south of Nefyn. From Pwllheli, head north west along the A497 towards Nefyn, after 4 ½ miles, look for the right turn to Y Ffôr (B4354), then about 300m on your left you’ll see a Tillhill forestry gateway. Take care not to block the entrance.
1. Go through the kissing age and follow the forestry track up hill.
2. At the second hairpin bend on the track, take the path STRAIGHT ahead. At the junction there is an information board about the fort.
3. At the fork in the forest track bear LEFT up the hill. The path gets progressively narrower and steeper. By now the views to the south and west over the trees, are quite spectacular.
4. You enter the fort through the south entrance, where you will see the first of over 100 round houses. Keep LEFT and follow the path as it winds through the heather up to the summit.
5. At the summit – enjoy the 360-degree views, they’re stunning!
Take your time and explore the ruins of round houses and image how it would be living on this high peak!
To return to your camper, retrace your steps along the trail – you’ve finished your walk so put the kettle on and enjoy a well-deserved brew!
Please note. These directions are for guidance only, we can accept no responsibility for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use of this information. Always take a map with you and be prepared for the weather to turn. Do not venture out in bad weather and always take care with coastal tides.