Tre’r Ceiri Hillfort Walk
Visit one of the finest and certainly one of the best-preserved Iron Age hillforts in Britain. The name means ‘Town of the Giants’ - a great incentive for kids to take on the challenge of a steep hill and go hunting for giants!
Tre’r Ceiri hillfort stands over 450 meters above sea level on an exposed peak of Yr Eifl on the Llŷn Peninsula, this special place encloses over 150 visible stone houses with stone ramparts surviving in places to near full height. At the summit there is a substantial early Bronze Age burial cairn, where if you stand on the top the 360-degree views are breath-taking and absolutely spectacular - you can see the whole of the Llŷn Peninsula, the mountains of Snowdonia, and Anglesey.
The walk involves parking at a lay-by near to Llanaelhaearn then following the path up the steep hill heading for the impressive fort at the top.
Distance: Approx. 2 miles – 3 km (there and back)
Time: Approx. 2 hours
Postcode for Sat Nav: LL54 5BB (approx.)
Grid Ref: SH 3789 4422
Ordnance Survey Map: OS Explorer 254: Lleyn Peninsula East
The walk up to the hillfort starts from a lay-by on the B4417, near Llanaelhaearn. Heading from Llanaelhaearn, the lay-by is the 2nd one on the right. There is an information board at the start of the path is clearly defined.
1. From the lay-by, walk along the road, away from Llanaelhaearn to the start of the footpath on the right. It’s only a short stretch along the road but take care, the traffic can be fast.
2. The path to the hillfort really needs no guidance as it is that straightforward, just head towards the horizon heading up – it’s steep but rest lots and enjoy the view.
3. The path meets another but head straight on heading up towards the hillfort.
4. Inside the fort, turn right and follow the path to the summit, a stone cairn – enjoy the 360-degree views, they’re stunning!
5. From the summit head north, down to the perimeter wall with its stone ramparts and follow the path back to where you entered the fort.
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 car, 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.