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The Llyn Coastal Path, or “Pilgrim Way” winds its way around nearly a hundred miles of spectacular coastline along the edge of Wales’ Northern Peninsula, an officially designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Unusual geology, ancient Christian and Celtic monuments, and wild flora and fauna in abundance make this one of the most rewarding walking routes in the British Isles. Spend five days exploring on a self-guided walking holiday.
The North coast part of this self-guided walking route traces the footsteps of thousands of Christian pilgrims who for centuries would make the trek from the mainland to the island of Ynys Enlli, known in English as Bardsey Island, the resting place, as legend has it, of twenty thousand saints. The trail is liberally punctuated with churches and chapels that ministered to these people on their way. The Path traverses very diverse terrain, from cliffs and moorland to sandy beaches and tracks, and only intersects with anything like a road for two percent of its total length, offering a real chance to slow down and really get away from it all.
This walk runs past the impressive Tre'r Ceiri, one of the largest Iron Age forts in Britain, whose monumental stone- and earthworks earned it the name “Town of Giants”. Or perhaps you’d like to climb the sweeping slopes of Yr Eifl, its central summit the highest point on Llyn, from which you can take in a huge stretch of breathtaking coastline and countryside scenery. You can visit the lovely 12th Century church at Pistyll, where traditional curative herbs used to cure sick pilgrims in mediaeval times still grow in the churchyard. You can also cross the two miles of sea to Bardsey Island, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserve, with its ruined abbey and distinctive square lighthouse, as well as archaeological remains dating back two or three thousand years.
If you’re a keen walker, this is an opportunity to follow one of Britain’s most beautiful and least-discovered hiking trails. Whether you fancy a weekend break to take in the sea air and inspiring landscape, or want a long walking holiday incorporating historic sight seeing, this tour can be tailored to fit your needs. The walk is divided for convenience sake into sections, each of which can be comfortably completed in a day at a leisurely pace. Your baggage will be transferred onward for you to each day’s destination, so you can just relax and enjoy the experience. Please note that this is a self-guided walk, though GPS is provided along with maps, so a minimum of navigational skill is required, and also that weather may be changeable and both wet and windy depending on the time of year.
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