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The Hidden Coves Of The Llyn Peninsula

Published on 17 Jun 2016 by Gwion Llwyd

Wales is known for its beautiful beaches, but there are some hidden coves on the Llyn peninsula that are really extra special… they are a little out of the way but if you like the sound of a waterfall cascading onto the beach or sand that whistles under your feet, you might like to try and find the hidden coves of the Llyn Peninsula.

PORTH IAGO | 52.851503, -4.722451

With its crystal blue waters and white sands, on a lovely sunny day, you could be mistaken for being in the med somewhere. Access is from a farm where there is parking which you will need to pay a nominal fee for. It’s good for kayaking and canoeing as well as swimming.

PORTH YSGO | 52.806315, -4.660383

At the back of the beach is a 40ft waterfall that falls onto the beach – its really beautiful. At high tide, the beach itself is pebbly (good for stone art), but low tide makes way for a great expanse of sand. Access to this one is down a long flight of steps – it’s not any easy access, but then the reward of spending time on this beach outweighs the journey down, or more to the point, back up! There is a carpark in the farm at the top of the cliff.

PORTH OER | 52.835705, -4.724013

AKA Whistling Sands, the sand here squeaks underfoot hence the name! There is only one other beach in Europe that does the same and it is due to the shape of the sand particles. It is a really stunning beach with crystal clear waters and great rocks to explore and jump from. Access is from the National Trust carpark a small walk away. There is a cafe of the beach too for refreshments.

PORTH DINLLAEN | 52.943282, -4.567945

Best known as home to the Ty-Coch pub, this beach is full of character – Demi Moore filmed here in the 80’s! Access is from the carpark next to the golf course (there is always someone there to explain where to go). If you want an afternoon with some sun, sea, food and music, then this is definitely for you.

PORTH TOWYN | 52.906151, -4.640494

A large sandy beach, this is a good place for surfing if you don’t fancy the more popular Hells Mouth down the road. Access is again through a farm which will lead you down some grassy slopes onto the beach. There are lots of smaller hidden coves on the journey down.

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