It was 2 pm just had lunch and having been in the office since 6 am I thought to myself ‘cabin fever’ I need to get out.
We headed over to Llanbedrog and did a quick circuit of Mynydd Tir Y Cwmwd – a favorite walk of mine, at times can be busy but due to the threats of storm Ciara approaching it was a very quiet walk, even all the wildlife was hiding awaiting the destructive path of the storm.
Best place to park is by the Church hall, head up small lane on the left then take a small path again on the left through a kissing gate, the views of the Plas and surrounding areas always amazes me up here, from then on just follow the well signposted route until you arrive on the right hand side of the headland. I’m not going to give exact, meter by meter instructions on here, plenty of books out there that will do that for you. One tip leave your smartphone out for this trip as you will no doubt take hundreds of photos, on a good day its a truly splendid place. On the right hand side you can see Abersoch in the distance and the not so aesthetically pleasing view of The Warren, a posh caravan park to all intents and purposes. However. this does give you an insight about where it’s derived its name ‘The Warren’ from, trust me, if you spent some time there it drives you nuts, chalet a12 is normally found between a11 and a14 but not here, can be found above d14 no doubt, even with their site map it is a challenge on a par to finishing that 5000 piece jigsaw puzzle with half a dozen pieces missing. I’m convinced the original designer of the site was a very bored if humorous person with a great passion in puzzles…
Carrying on, once past this point it turns quite bleak, no trees or cover just acres upon acres of heather and dead standing bracken, in parts you could even think your on top of a moor up north.
Just under the headland there are three old granite quarries which can be accessed from the beach (at certain states of the tide) there were very productive between the 1870 – 1950 , it used to be transported out by sea, you can still see the remains of the landing jetty on the aptly named Quarry beach. As you come to the end of the headland you will notice a shift in the terrain and fauna, the occasional tree, some rhododendrons, more trees and you are then back in civilization. Find the iconic Iron man, sit yourself down and have a cup of whatever you drink , in my case – good coffee , well Nel certainly thinks so! Again the views are something else…Its is one of the most taken photos on the Llyn – family stood next to the Iron man, he is now the 3rd version overlooking ‘Traeth Llanbedrog’.
From here you have two options, both include a few steps, you can either take a right, straight down to the beach or carry on and follow the tracks through ‘The Winllan’ and down to the magnificent Plas.
The ‘Plas’ as we call it is more than an art gallery, it is an outstanding art & heritage centre by now hosting all sort of events from wonderful exhibitions, fantastic outdoor theatre productions, workshops and a superb cafe and tea room to relax in. Originally built for the widow of the late Sir Love Jones Parry in 1857, from the nearby Madryn Estate. It was designed by the well renowned Irish architect Henry Kennedy, some might say it has very Gothic overtones,a very attractive building it is. Changed hands a few times before being owned by a charitable trust who also run it as Oriel Plas Glyn Y Weddw.
From here walk down to the road,turn right,carry on up and we are back where we started.