Don't Miss the Llyn Peninsula
Many of us love the majestic mountains and tumbling rivers of North Wales - but how many of us explore the coast?
The Llŷn Peninsula is an area of outstanding natural beauty, featuring Iron Age hill forts, volcanic rock, a wild and unspoilt coastline, a coast path and some pretty fabulous beaches. Sussex Campervan owners Jocelyn and Alan visited the area in the summer.
Jocelyn says, “We spent six nights on a campsite near Abersoch, cut short by one night due to very strong winds. We had a nice big pitch at The Willows, a peaceful five-star site for adults only. We put the roof down at night. Then there was more heavy rain forecast, so we did leave a day early. However, we had some good days, with walks and visits to beaches on the Llyn Penisula.”
Meanwhile Carol and Ken have also explored the same area in their famous Little Red Campervan - the NV200 CamperCar they bought from Sussex Campervans two years ago.
Carol takes wonderful photos, while Ken records their adventures for their YouTube channel, “Life is too short”.
Here’s Carol’s choice of “10 beautiful places we discovered on our recent trip around the Llyn Peninsula, North Wales in our NV200.”
- Criccieth: we would have liked to look round the castle but it was closed while we were there.
- Pwllheli Marina
- Abersoch: a busy town, with a lovely big beach, with pretty beach huts.
- Porth Neigwl: another long sandy beach with big waves in rough weather.
- Plas-yn-Rhiw: The National Trust house and gardens.
- Aberdaron: a pretty seaside town.
- Cwrt: a very peaceful spot, from where you can get a boat to Bardsey Island when they are running.
- Mynydd: with stunning views across to Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli in Welsh), the island of the currents, and a place of pilgrimage.
- Porth Oer: a lovely beach, famous for its whistling sands.
- Morfa Nefyn: where we enjoyed a beautiful sunset and lovely coastal views.
Above all, this is a family-friendly holiday destination, with welcoming seaside towns of Criccieth, Pwllheli and Abersoch on the southern shore of the peninsula. Criccieth has an imposing old castle overlooking the pebble beach and town. It’s a good place to find small independent shops and cafés. Pwllheli has a huge marina, and attracts sailors who want to explore Anglesey and Cardigan Bay. For surfing, kite surfing, sailing and family fun, head for Marian y De Beach. As well as amusements and fairground rides you’ll find a useful open air market twice a week in the summer. As a wet weather option, the Neuadd Dwyfor arts centre, shows films and hosts touring theatre productions. There are art exhibitions at Oriel Plas Glyn-Y-Weddw Arts Centre, too. Pwllheli Golf Club offers a links course with panoramic views over Cardigan Bay.
Abersoch, where Jocelyn and Alan stayed, is a seaside town with a beautiful sheltered sandy beach and a friendly golf course.
Campsites to try:
- The Willows adults only site with excellent facilities. www.the-willows-abersoch.co.uk
- Sarn Farm Caravan & Camping site for families, in Sarn Bach village, a short walk from Abersoch village and beach. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tyn y Mur Camping & Touring Park, for families, with views of the mountains, Cardigan Bay, Abersoch and Hell's Mouth - the famous surfing beach. www.tyn-y-mur.co.uk