Llŷn Peninsula Walks
Date: 27th Sept 09
Distance: 2 miles
Ascent: 852 feet
Time: 1 hours 15 minutes
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: SH278345
A nice little walk following the Llŷn Coastal Path around Mynydd Cilan, one of the Llŷn peninsula's many attractive headlands.
Route Summary: An anti-clockwise circuit of the Mynydd Cilan headland using the Llŷn Coastal Path.
1. Looking south west towards Mynydd Rhiw
2. Garn Bach from Carn Fadryn
3. Remains of Carn Fadryn Hillfort
4. Approaching the summit of Carn Fadryn
5. The summit of Carn Fadryn
6. On Carn Fadryn looking towards the tip of the Lleyn peninsula
7. The large cairn on the top of Garn Bach
8. Looking back up at Garn Bach
9. Carn Fadryn
Walk Detail: After a long day travelling down to Wales followed by a bad night’s sleep it didn’t take much for Rhiannon to tire out on our first full day at the Hafan y Mor holiday park. In fact minutes after getting back from swimming she passed out on the sofa for nearly two hours. Taking advantage of this I left her in Lisa's capable hands and set off on a quick expedition to bag one of the Lleyn peninsula’s more impressive Marilyns.
First of all I should mention how impressed I was with myself for actually finding my way to Garnfadryn at the first attempt (I don't have sat nav) and also how fortunate I was to have read on the web a few weeks before that there was a parking area because you would never have guessed from a look at the OS map.
The walk up from the village was short, steep but sweet with some lovely sections. The summit was an impressive one and wouldn’t have disgraced much higher mountains. One noticeable thing was the trig point which had been painted a rather sickly yellow and which was covered in lots of grafitti. Sadly the sky was fairly overcast so the pictures I got from the top didn’t do the views justice.
Returning mainly by the outward route I decided to extend the walk slightly by climbing over Garn Bach which despite its lack of height was worthwhile. By extending the walk I was also able to enjoy a few minutes of sunshine as I was coming back to Garnfadryn. As it turned out this was one of the very rare occasions over the coming week that the sun actually made an appearance.