Llanbedrog, Pwllheli, LL53 7TT (map)
The picturesque village of Llanbedrog is situated on the south side of the Llŷn peninsula, between the popular seaside resorts of Abersoch and Pwllheli. It gets its name from St. Pedrog who established the church here in the 6th Century. (Llan, meaning an enclosure, was used to indicate the land on which churches were built.)
The village is renowned for its mile-long beach, the most sheltered in North Wales, most of which is managed by the National Trust. It is a popular destination for watersports such as windsurfing, kayaking and sailing.
There have always been beach huts at Llanbedrog (originally tents). National Trust Beach Huts are available to rent between April and September and can be rented at seasonal, weekly and daily rates.
The local landmark known as the “Tin Man” is situated on the headland of Mynydd Tir y Cwmwd. It is a replacement for an earlier “Tin man” or “Iron man” that itself replaced the original “wooden man”, which was a ship’s figurehead.
There are an abundance of walks in and around Llanbedrog ranging from easy beach strolls to challenging hikes along the rugged peninsula. The gorse and heather covered common land of Mynydd Tir y Cwmwd is vast covering 175 acres with stunning panoramic views sweeping across Abersoch, Pwllheli and towards Cardigan Bay.
The village is also famous for its dower house Plas Glyn y Weddw, a prime example of a Victorian Gothic mansion.
In 2008 Plas Glyn y Weddw bought the adjacent 12 acre woodland back into the Glyn y Weddw estate. Since then a network of footpaths have been developed, including a coastal path, along with a new car park, amphitheatre and interpretation centre. The Gallery organizes a series of monthly exhibitions by prominent artists from Wales and beyond.
Granite quarrying was commercially important to the area during the late 19th century/early 20th century and there are three disused granite quarries along the cliff coast. The remains of the jetty and other buildings including a large hopper building where stone was stored can still be seen. The quarries were closed in 1949.
At the far end of Llanbedrog beach lies Carreg y Defaid and is best reached along the beach, having explored the excellent rock pools below Mynydd Tir Y Cwmwd and admired the beach huts tucked up to the undercliff. Carreg y Defaid is a small offshore island with an associated headland, both formed from hard volcanic rocks punctuating the softer sedimentary cliffs. A fragment of poor coastal heathland occurs on the headland visited by Linnet and Stonechat. Around the headland there are low rocky cliffs with sparse lichens including the bright orange Maritime Sunburst Lichen and the Black Tar Lichen. The boulders around the headland and further to the east have a relatively low covering of Bladder Wrack. Sea watching is perhaps best in winter for seabirds and roosting shorebirds. A flock of Golden Plover frequents adjacent flooded fields.
There is a National Trust Car Park located above Llanbedrog beach.