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A fine and fairly sheltered beach but it does get crowded.
Nefyn and Morfa Nefyn
These two places, right and left of the marker respectively, have fair sized beaches that are a bit more amenity conscious than those further west.
No facilities other than a car park and usually not many people; great!
Porth Oer and Porth Colman are my favourite beaches on this coast of Lleyn.
This is my favourite beach in all the region - but it wouldn't be if it got as much attention as it deserves.
This lovely buiding has the characteristics of a hall rather than a castle - but click on 'read more' for more detail on this.
The fact that its owners, the National Trust, acknowledge this 16th century manor house with its beautiful gardens to be small should not be allowed to put you off going. it's one of those places that grabs your admiration and holds on tight!
Very picturesque; the last castle built in Edward I's reign to contain the Welsh.
A large and impressive castle where the Investiture ceremony is held for a new Prince of Wales.
Perhaps I should have called it Conway [English] since it was part of a ring of castles built by Edward I to keep the Welsh subjugated.
Perhaps the most impressive of the three Welsh princes' castles shown on this map.
Very much of a ruin but interesting as, like Dolwyddelan Castle, it was associated with the Welsh prince, Llywelyn the Great.
Nowhere near as grand as Edward I's castles [Beaumaris, Conwy, Caernarfon and Harlech] but of great interest as one of those built for their defence by the Welsh princes.
Like Caernarvon, Beamaris and Conway Castles, this was an English castle, one of the ring built to the orders of Edward I to keep the Welsh suppressed.
I hesitated to put a castle marker because it's an early Victorian mansion built in imitation of a Norman castle!
Outstanding [world standard] gardens owned by the National Trust.
Llechwedd Slate Caverns
There are two separate trips into these caverns to examine slate mining history.
14/15 peaks walk
Don't rely on this marker for exact location, but it's good to start this walk at the top of Snowdon - if you can!
Still on my wish list, though I've been over it with my binoculars from the mainland a few times.
A wonderful mountain as good as the best of those above 3000 feet although [thankfully] it falls short of this level.
The Carnedds include the highest number of peaks over 3000 feet in the region. These are Carnedd Llewelin, Carnedd Dafydd [from which all the other Snowdonian peaks over 3000 feet can be seen,] Pen yr Ole Wen, Yr Elen, Foel Fras, Foel Grach and Carnedd Uchaf.
Sometimes a small mountain has it all in spite of its height. Click on 'read more' and you might find why Cnicht is one such mountain.
A low enough hill but it gives a fine panoramic view over the western end of Lleyn. Easy and well worth doing.
Treat the marker as only a rough indication; you DON'T want to be up anywhere in these mountains without a good map.
Hydro Visitor Centre
I went here once but the website was hard to find.
Devastatingly beautiful and accessible to anyone in a car.
Older of two road bridges across the Menai Straits to Anglesey. I don't know the island well at all and I think it would be better for somebody who does to make a separate map - contact Pauline or Steve.
I can't think why this should be the only one I've put a marker for that I've not been up!
This range is as interesting as any, particularly if you are into remains of slate mining. [Be careful, those slagheaps can cut and some open tunnels are pretty dodgy.]
A superb headland covered in tracks and not many people. So-called Cornish choughs [like a jackdaw with red beak and legs] seem to be coming back from extinction in Cornwall but they've been here throughout.
So you can't pronounce it? What do you expect? It's the home of the Welsh Language and Heritage Centre after all!
A range of mountains all well below 3000 feet but giving splendid views to the coast.
A very imprecise marker for a fabulous walk - which does require a 'good head for heights.'
Otherwise known as Yr Wyddfa, this is the highest point in England and Wales and commands a wonderful view in clear weather.
A favourite - some walking routes or a scramble up the north ridge if you prefer.
Y Garn and Elydir Fawr
These two are included in the 14 Peaks Walk. Frankly, having done that, I can't think of any reason I might have wanted to go again - see my travel notes.
A set of three peaks marks the top of Lleyn at only about 1600 feet. One has a good hill fort on top and it's a relatively easy way of feeling up in the sky.
[Carnedd] Moel-siabod (SV)
I couldn't find a URL for a walk to the summit from Dolwyddelan. I did it following a route in W.A.Poucher's Welsh Peaks and I am convinced it's the best route.
An attractive university town and an excellent travel centre.
If Lleyn has a capital, this is it; a rail terminus [look out for a cheap and scenic trip in the evening] and market town with a large marina.
Blaenau Ffestiniog is the terminus of the Ffestiniog Railway from Porthmadog, which can be used to link between two other lines, the one to Llandudno Junction and hence to Bangor, Holyhead, Chester and northern England being shown on the map.
I think this is the most scenic and possibly the most interesting of the preserved railways in England and Wales - which is saying something.
Irish Ferries and Stena Line both operate ferries to Dublin from Holyhead.
Llanberis Lake Railway
A narrow gauge railway which runs along the north side of Lake Padarn and into the village. Its village terminus is near to the Snowdon Mountain Railway.
Snowdon Mountain Railway
Not the greatest route up Snowdon but picturesque enough, this is a rack and pinion railway.
The marker is placed on Brynglas Station about half way along the route of this scenically splendid narrow gauge railway.
A delightful village with a large beach and splendid scenery from the headlands between it and Bardsey Island
Possibly the most upmarket place on the Lleyn Peninsula with a bay often cluttered in sailing boats.
dd in Welsh is pronounced like th in thimble or thief.
Bethesda is the nearest village to the highest peaks of the Carnedds to the north and one of the closest to the Glyders to the south.
The entrance to Snowdonia for anybody travelling along the A5.
There's an old woolen mill still working and open to the public to watch the processes.
Pleasant village excellently sited for all Snowdonia's highest peaks.
Easiest village for the ascent of the Arans - highest in Wales outside Snowdonia [but if you've not time for both, make it Cadair Idris!]
Perhaps the best known village in Snowdonia.
The village of Nantlle itself is an abandoned slate mining area in a valley with wonderful views.
No, your eyes are not deceiving you; that is an Italianate village you see on the welsh coastline, built in the 20th century and quite unique.
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