Borth y Gest Beach Walk
This walk starts just a few miles away from our base in Pantglas, in the picturesque village of Borth y Gest. This Victorian village borders the Afon Glaslyn and looks out across Tremadoc Bay towards the Rhinog Mountains and Harlech Castle. The walk explores the coves and beaches of Borth y Gest and Black Rock Sands returning through a golf course and woodland with views of Moel y Gest and Snowdonia’s mini Matterhorn, Cnicht.
Distance: Approx. 4 miles
Time: Approx. 2 Hours
Postcode for Sat Nav: LL49 9TS (approx.)
Grid Ref: SH 565 374
Ordnance Survey Map: OS Explorer 254: Lleyn Peninsula East
Car park in the village (follow A487 to Porthmadog, half-way along the High Street take the turn to Borth y Gest / Black Rock, by the Factory Shop. Follow uphill and fork left for Borth y Gest.
1.From the car park, turn away from harbour and head up a short path in the far left corner of the car park. Turn left and stay ahead as the road sweeps to right; passing large houses and B&B on right.
2. With the church above on the right, follow the coastal footpath above the beach. Continue on this until you reach the end at a footbridge. Cross, then down the steps and onto the beach.
3. Follow the coastline across the beach towards the far sand dune, look for path uphill at bottom right corner of the sand dune. Follow the path as it snakes to the right. At the top turn left and follow the path along a stone wall. At the end turn right at the footpath sign, through the open gate then immediately left, following the Wales Coast Path signs.
4. Follow the windy path down some steep steps, then wider zig-zag steps. At the end, either turn left down the concrete slipway then right onto the beach, or if the tide is high go straight over the slipway and follow the stony path at the top of the embankment, with the golf course on your right. Head for the small white house (The Powder House) on the rocky outcrop, if the tide is out then skirt around edge of rocks. If not, continue along embankment path dropping down to Black Rock Beach.
5. Walk along the beach with the sand dunes on your right, until the first main exit (look for wooden sign-board). Take the exit, passing the public toilets and caravan parks on your left. After the Glanaber Pub take the right turn for Y Ffridd, passing a large house to the right. Soon look for a public footpath sign leading into a wooded area Follow the path, crossing a stream and emerge onto the golf course.
6. Follow the gravel track through the golf course (watch out for flying golf balls) until you come to a tarmac road near the clubhouse.
7. Turn left, then almost immediately right along the fence to the path going uphill into woodland. Continue until you emerge into the caravan park, Garreg Wen. Turn left and follow the tarmaced lane through the park.
8. At the junction by the tennis courts, turn left then almost immediately right. With the duck pond on your right, follow the windy road uphill, passing 2 wooden bin stores.
9. At the top of the hill, and the first caravan on your left, leave the road to cross a small grassy clearing on your right, follow the path through trees and fork left through a gate.
10. Follow the woodland path until you come to a kissing gate behind Ysgol Borth y Gest (school). After the kissing gate turn right along the path to the rear of the houses, then turn left at the road leading down Mersey Street back to car park.
Once back in Borth y Gest you can treat yourselves to coffee and cake from the Seaview Café which overlooks the harbour.
Black Rock Sands Camping and Touring Site. This lovely site is situated behind the dunes of Black Rock Sands, which is great for sunset beach BBQs and a dip in the sea.
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.