Trwyn Penarfynydd, Rhiw

with

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 fine 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.

1.At the 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 until it becomes a track, passing through the gateway at Carreg Lefain and pass Carreg Lefain Bach.

Look over to your right and see one of the most famous views of the Llyn Peninsula.  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 stone).

 

 

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 the ridge.

 

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.

 

8.Your path 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.

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Many thanks to Eifion and Viv, for this walk.

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