The Criccieth to Porthmadog Linear WalkCriccieth, Llŷn Peninsula

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Park in the Pay and Display car park on the Esplanade in Criccieth and pass over a small stone bridge onto the footpath that runs behind Dylan’s Restaurant.

Look around
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Travel down the footpath, keeping the green railings to your left, until you come to a gate. Take a left through the gate and cross the railway tracks. The path bends right.

Take care
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Continue until you pass a kissing gate on your left. Keep to the path with the fence on your left and the sand dunes to your right.

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The path then crosses back over the railway tracks and a stile into a field. The footpath is waymarked and heads diagonally across the field to the left. The footpath joins a rough farm track that takes you up around the back of the higher ground slightly inland. This too is waymarked.

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The rough track becomes a proper lane as it cuts up to higher ground. You will reach a cottage on your right and a cattle grid with a gate to the left of it. Pass through the gate and continue to descend on the lane.

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Continue down the lane until you reach a junction onto a tarmaced road. Take a right turn and head through a chalet park. This road eventually takes you down on the beach itself.

Walkers' note
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Once you reach the sand, bear left and continue along the edge of the dunes and around the rocky headland. You will see a single white fisherman’s cottage on the rocks.

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Continue on the beach around foot of the cottage and through the rocks until you join a footpath that rises gently above the beach and runs around the edge of Porthmadog Golf Club on your left hand side.

Point of Interest
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The footpath is clearly marked as it leaves the beach and heads up stone steps onto the headland. Continue to rise through the trees and you will reach the top.

Look out for
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The path widens and begins to drop down. Here there are a few footpaths marked that navigate the headland known as Pen y Banc. All of them take you into the small harbour at Borth y Gest.

Walkers' tip
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Continue around the path, keeping the harbour wall to your right and up onto the headland. Here you reach the start of the town of Porthmadog.

The last leg
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Rebecca Hookes
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A long, but relatively gentle walk, from the coastal town of Criccieth, along the famous Black Rock Sands beach and around the headland and estuary into the coastal village of Borth y Gest and on to the historical town of Porthmadog.

Route summary: This walk takes in the wonderful, expansive views across Cardigan Bay to the Snowdonia Mountain range. There are some elevated points that offer views back along the coast towards Criccieth and onto the Madog Estuary. There are many opportunities to spot wildlife including flora and fauna, as you cross marshland, fields, sand and woodland on route.

1. Start of your journey: Park in the Pay and Display car park on the Esplanade in Criccieth and pass over a small stone bridge onto the footpath that runs behind Dylan’s Restaurant.

2.  Travel down the footpath, keeping the green railings to your left, until you come to a gate. Take a left through the gate and cross the railway tracks. The path bends right.

3.  Continue until you pass a kissing gate on your left. Keep to the path with the fence on your left and the sand dunes to your right.

4.  The path then crosses back over the railway tracks and a stile into a field. The footpath is waymarked and head diagonally across the field to the left. The footpath joins a rough farm track that takes you up around the back of the higher ground slightly inland. This too is waymarked.

5.  The rough track becomes a proper lane as it cuts up to higher ground. You will reach a cottage on your right and a cattle grid with a gate to the left of it. Pass through the gate and continue to descend on the lane.

6.  Continue down the lane until you reach a junction onto a tarmaced road. Take a right turn and head through a chalet park. This road eventually takes you down on the beach itself.

7.  Once you reach the sand, bear left and continue along the edge of the dunes and around the rocky headland. You will see a single white fisherman’s cottage on the rocks.

8.  Continue on the beach around the foot of the cottage and through the rocks until you join a footpath that rises gently above the beach and runs around the edge of Porthmadog Golf Club on your left-hand side. The footpath is clearly marked as it leaves the beach and heads up stone steps onto the headland. Continue to rise through the trees and you will reach the top.

9.  The footpath is clearly marked as it leaves the beach and heads up stone steps onto the headland. Continue to rise through the trees and you will reach the top.

10.  The path widens and begins to drop down. Here there are a few footpaths marked that navigate the headland known as Pen y Banc. All of them take you into the small harbour at Borth y Gest.

11.  End of your journey: Continue around the path, keeping the harbour wall to your right and up onto the headland. Here you reach the start of the town of Porthmadog.

CRICCIETH Llyn Peninsula

Below you'll find all the information you'll need to help you along with this walk; where to park, whether or not there are loos and if it's dog friendly.

Parking & access
  • There is a large Pay and Display car park on the Esplanade in Criccieth called Moranedd, along with some on road parking at SH505381

  • The car park costs £2 for 8 hours.

  • The start of the route is easy to find and is accessed from the Esplanade, which is the main road running the length of the beach to the left of the castle. Turn off the A497 which is the High Street that runs through the town and down one of the smaller roads marked “Traeth” to the beach.

Bus stop
  • There are a number of bus stops in Criccieth, Borth y Gest and Porthmadog. The bus stops in Criccieth and Porthmadog are on the High Street. The Number 3 bus runs every 16 minutes between Porthmadog and Criccieth and the journey takes about 15 minutes.
Loos
  • There are public loos on the Esplanade in Criccieth, in the harbour at Borth y Gest and in the town of Porthmadog.

Dogs
  • Yes
Places to eat
Itinerary

Disclaimer

You are responsible for your own safety when walking a suggested route. Only walk if you are medically able to. We make no representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information on this site in relation to any of the suggested routes. While we try to ensure that all walking routes on this site are suitable and safe for walking by people of a reasonable level of experience and fitness, you should be aware that walking, like all outdoor activities, carries a degree of risk to person and property.

We accept no responsibility for loss or damage to personal effects, personal accident, injury or public liability in relation to a suggested route on this site (although we do not exclude or limit in any way our liability to you where it would be unlawful to do so). Furthermore, while we try to ensure that all suggested routes follow public rights of way, these are liable to change and you should ensure that all routes are rights of way at the time of walking. Please respect private property (including livestock), as we accept no responsibility for trespassing or damage to private property, to either you or any third party. Mountains and farmland are likely to be private property, please respect the landowners and their property. Please take extra care around traffic, farm machinery and livestock, and around steep drops on mountain or cliff paths.

Please walk within your group’s level of health, fitness and experience and follow advice from relevant authorities. Check the weather forecast (and, where relevant, tide timetables) in advance of a walk. Do not walk in adverse weather and always pack food, water, bright high-visibility warm and waterproof clothing, and a recent OS map, compass, torch and mobile phone. Proper footwear should be worn. Please let people know what time you are due to arrive at your destination. Children and pets should be supervised at all times, and dogs should be kept on a lead, particularly around farmland and livestock.

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