Porth YsgoAberdaron, Llŷn Peninsula
Porth Ysgo on the Llŷn Peninsula, North Wales
Porth Ysgo is a secluded beach a few miles from the fishing village of Aberdaron. This special cove of golden sand is backed by grassy cliffs and sparkling waterfalls.
Porth Ysgo is a sandy inlet that sits between the village of Aberdaron to the west and the expansive Hell’s Mouth to the east. It forms part of the Llŷn coastal path, offering spectacular coastal walks with incredible views. Accessed via 100 or so steps, the beach is less accessible than some, but is worth making the effort to visit with its pretty waterfalls and rock formations, renowned with climbers. Some consider it to be the most beautiful beach on the Llŷn Peninsula.
Porth Ysgo is only small but has a lot to offer. It lies within the ’Pen Llŷn a’r Sarnau’ Special Area of Conservation and is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The beach is great for bouldering, bird watching, fishing and is in an area popular with walkers and cyclists. It is also a lovely place to just relax. When descending the steps, look to the right just before you get to the beach. The stunning Pistyll y Gaseg waterfall flows into the hollow. A great thing about visiting the beach during a spell of wet weather is that the waterfall becomes spectacular, making Porth Ysgo a great place to visit at any time of the year! Remains of the working of the Nant Gadwen Manganese Mine can be seen on the path down to the beach.
The area itself was hugely significant in the extraction of manganese ore, used for strengthening steel during both World Wars. There are a number of above ground works still visible and of historical interest.
Porth Ysgo is a National Trust Beach.
The unique boulders that flank the beach are considered to be one of the best spots in the UK for the sport of bouldering and are a go to destination for many.
The waterfall is stunning and should not be missed.
Take a picnic and enjoy the sunset one evening. It’s a real treat.
The mines here were once key to supplying manganese ore for the rest of the UK, especially during both world wars.
There are no facilities on the beach. The closest are 2.5 miles away in Aberdaron.
There is some roadside parking available. However the main parking is at Ysgo Farm a little further along the lane. There is an honesty box in place for the fee.
Take a left off the A499 from Pwllheli and travel through the upper part of the village of Llanbedrog towards Aberdaron. When you reach the village of Aberdaron, follow the sign to Rhiw up the steep hill past the old churchyard. Continue for 2 miles to a crossroads. Turn right by the post box and continue to a derelict farm and pond, where the car park is around the back of the outbuildings. Follow the marker footpath and small stream, keeping left through a small valley. The sea and views over to Ynys Gwylan open out in front of you. Head to the beach down the long flight of steps that traverse the cliff.
The steps down to this beach make it inaccessible to pushchairs and wheelchairs.
Yes on occasion, when the beach gets a south westerly swell, however there are boulders under the surface.
Yes, as above, however the descent down with kit can put some off.
Yes, but watch out for the rocks at high tide.
Yes - On your way through Aberdaron, it is worth stopping at the Spar and Eleri stores. Both the owners have great local knowledge and you might pick up a few tips along with your kit and bait! The best place to try is to the east of the beach close to high water when you might hook a nice bass or flat fish.
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