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Rambles and scrambles: Mynydd Nefyn and Gwylwyr walk.

Byline: Barbara Williams

Where is it? Nefyn,on the Lloen peninsula.What's the attraction? Beautiful sea and mountain views. How do you get there? Nefyn is on the north coast of Lloen,north-west ofPwllheli on the A497 and south-west ofCaernarfon on the A499, turning right onto the B4417 at Llanaelhaearn. Nefyn Fron car park is at SH 309405.

12 hours,more with stops. Difficulty rating? Steep and scrambly in places,but generally easy.Let's go... The countryside we'll walk through has always played an important role in the economic life of Nefyn. These days local families go there for summer picnics and blackberry-picking.

Turn left up the steep Mynydd Nefyn Road for approximately 200 metres with the dark,brooding Garn Boduan to your right with its Iron Age fort. Go through the kissing gate when you get to Lon Jocyn. Continue up the narrow footpath to Tai Ffolt.

Go left and then right to a rocky outcrop. Continue past Toe'n Rhos and Penarfynydd enjoying the beauty opening up before you of sea and granite rock. The stone is the same lode as at Trefor,further north up the coast,and at Penmaenmawr, between Bangor and Conwy. Setts were shipped from here to make Liverpool pavements. Look out for the waste tips and the incline at Y Wern, used for transporting the stone.

Walk along the road past Fron Hyfryd where you turn left to a disused quarry along a once-busy track. Cross a stile and continue up towards Garreg Lefain with its excellent echo.

Retrace your steps back to the stone wall and go through the gate. Wind your way through the fern down past Tyddyn Gwer.

Continue along the mountain,enjoying the views a head. Walk past the newly-erected mobile phone mast and,perhaps,make a detour on part of the pilgrims' trail to Pistyll Church as far as Bodeilias, the home of Tom Nefyn, the famous evangelical preacher,before continuing down to Tyn y Mynydd Road.

Go left and then right past Llwyn Ffynnon,a water mill at one time,and walk alongside the stream,past a caravan site and eventually join the Pistyll Road from Nefyn. Enter Stryd y Mynach leading to the old church with its ship wind vane reminding us of the town's strong seafaring connections. Continue along a footpath alongside the stream, through the playing fields and back to the car park.

Before leaving the area, visit the nearby 7th century church of Pistyll, with its rush- strewn floor and pilgrims' graves.

I will be leading this walk for the Caernarfon & Dwyfor group of the Ramblers Association today, starting 2pm,from the car park. All welcome.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 1, 2003
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