Llanbedrog Circular Walk
This walk around Mynydd Tir-y-Cwmwd the massive granite headland at Llanbedrog will reward you with spectacular views of the Llŷn Peninsula and Cardigan Bay.
After a steep climb up a flight of steps from the beach is the Iron Man, a sculpture which is said to sing in the wind. Sometimes also called the Tin Man, this figure was installed in 2002 and is the most recent of a series that have held vigil high over the Llanbedrog skyline. The path around the headland circling back to Llanbedrog is a fairly easy stroll with stunning coastal views.
Distance: 2¼ miles – 3½ km
Time: Around 1½ hours
Difficulty: Moderate family walk (steep climb at the start)
Parking: National Trust Car Park
Postcode for Sat Nav: LL53 7TT
Grid Ref: SH 331 315
Ordnance Survey Map: OS Explorer 253 (Lleyn Peninsula West)
The walk around Mynydd Tir-y-Cwmwd headland starts from the National Trust car park by Llanbedrog beach. From Pwllheli, follow the A499 to Llanbedrog and turn left to Llanbedrog by the service station. Follow the car park signs, the entrance is opposite Plas Glyn y Weddw.
1. From the car park, go down the steps to the beach road and turn LEFT, and follow the road down to Llanbedrog beach.
2. At the beach turn RIGHT, and head towards the white cottage with 3 chimneys at the foot of the headland. Follow the public footpath along the front of the houses to the stone steps.
3. Walk up the stone steps, following the path to the LEFT. The path climbs steeply through the woods to the heath plateau of Mynydd Tir-y-Cwmwd.
The steep climb is well worth the effort. At the top you’ll find the Iron Man so take some time out, get your breath back and enjoy the spectacular views of Llanbedrog Bay, the mountains of Snowdonia and Cardigan Bay.
4. Once you’ve taken in the beautiful scenery, continue your walk along the mountain path to circle the headland.
5. At the fork in the path, follow the Public Footpath signs to the LEFT.
6. Continue along the mountain path, keeping LEFT, soon you will see the St. Tudwal’s Islands in the distance. The largest is home to the adventurer Bear Grylls.
7. The path bears RIGHT up the hill, at the top you will be rewarded with stunning views of Abersoch and the Llŷn Peninsula.
8. Follow the mountain path around the headland, keeping RIGHT.
9. After leaving the mountain path you will come onto a track, by a white house on your left and then a tarmac road.
10. You are now in the upper part of the village of Llanbedrog. At the white house, called Bronwydd, turn RIGHT and continue along the track, and then the path to the woodland.
11. When you reach the woodland, turn LEFT and follow the footpath down to the farm, go through the gate and along the farm track.
12. You will shortly come to a small gate on your RIGHT. Go through the gate and follow the public footpath straight across the field. Go through the second gate and turn LEFT and follow the path along the edge of the field down to the village.
13. Go through the gate to the road and turn RIGHT down the hill to the church hall. Turn RIGHT again and walk along the beach road and return to the car park on your left – you’ve finished your walk so put the kettle on and have 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.