Trwyn Penarfynydd, Rhiw
Eifion & Viv Williams
This walk is
almost circular although you will retrace your steps for a short
distance at the end. It takes about an hour and a half. It’s a bit
exposed and might be very bracing on a wet and windy day but on a
clear day it’s fantastic with spectacular views. ‘Trwyn’ is Welsh
for nose and is used to describe a promontory of land sticking out
into the sea. This walk takes you along the ridge of the Trwyn right
to the tip.
crossroads in Rhiw take the road that is signed ‘No Through Road’
Stay on this road
passing a number of houses (Bryn Hyfryd, Bryn Goleu, Cwt Gwn).
2.Note Bryn Tirion
on your left. Take first left turn after it. Stay on this road
becomes a track, passing through the gateway at Carreg Lefain and
Look over to
your right and see one of the most famous views of the Llyn
You will see Penarfynydd Farm, silhouetted against the sea –
a view you will see on many a postcard in Pwllheli – and even
better, on Tony’s fantastic photograph on the Home Page of Rhiw.com
* Note the stile on your left.
This is the point that this walk joins the ‘Graig Mynydd’ Walk’.
Don’t climb over the stile. Stay on the track
3. Go through
another metal gateway and past the treatment plant, keeping the wire
fencing on your left.
4 Cross over
stile; walk up the hill in front of you, taking a middle course,
ignoring the path alongside the wall. (Keep to the left of a large
5. Make your way up the narrow path through the gorse, head for the
trig point, which soon comes into view.
At the trig
point, stop for a look back at the village of Rhiw.
It’s hard to
believe that Rhiw was once a busy industrial place. Manganese was
mined and carried away from the village to waiting ships at Porth
Neigwl (Hell’s Mouth) and Porth Ysgo. There was even an overhead
cable with buckets carrying manganese across the main street in Rhiw
.It must have been a very noisy, bustling place. Look at some of the
old photographs on Rhiw.com to see what it was like.
6. At the Trig
point, note your path which is quite well defined and which leads
you along the ridge to the end of the Trwyn. Follow the path to the
very end and there is an easy scramble over a few rocks to a lovely
picnic/coffee/bird watching spot. At this point children will need
to be very closely supervised as there is a very steep and rocky
drop to the sea below.
We spent hours in the early evenings
one May, watching a school of dolphins (or were they porpoises?)
playing, splashing and zooming through the water.
What you can see;
Two small islands to the SW are
Gwylan Fach and Gwylan Fawr (Little Seagull and Big Seagull).
Beyond them, shaped like a mouse is Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island).
On a very
clear day way out in front of you to the SE in the far distance is
the tip of Pembrokeshire and to the W, beyond the far coast, are the
Wicklow Mountains of Ireland. Down below you,on the right (If you
are facing out to sea), the cove nearest to you is Porth Llawenan
and beyond that is Porth Ysgo.
7. When you are
ready to move on, follow the same path back for about 320 strides.
(Yes, we counted them!) There is a fork in the path with a large
stone on the left. Take the left path, which is in fact the more
dominant one (the narrow right path is the one you came on). Stay on
this dominant left hand path, which takes you along the left side of
On the Trwyn
at the time of writing, (February 07) is a small herd of Welsh
mountain ponies. They are gorgeous but very shy and elusive. You
will certainly see their tiny hoof prints everywhere and indeed
other evidence that they have left behind. It is their dung that is
the reason for them being here. This convservation project is
collaboration between the ‘Countryside Commission for Wales’ and a
local farmer. The dung attracts large, fat dung beetles, which in
turn attract birds, especially the chough, a crow with red legs and
a red beak. This bird, rare in the British Isles is becoming very
well established at the end of the Llyn Peninsula.
eventually takes you to Penarfynydd farm. Do not go through
the farmyard; stay on the track which runs alongside a wall
and some pine trees. Keeping the wall on your left follow the
track till it brings you back to the stile you crossed at
point 4. From here, retrace your steps and return to the
crossroads at Rhiw.
Many thanks to Eifion and Viv, for this walk.