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Walk: Mynydd Tir-y-Cwmwd, Llanbedrog
Map: Lleyn Peninsula West / Pen Llyn Ardal Orllewinol 253
Directions: On entering the 40 limit on the outskirts of Llanbedrog approaching from Pwllheli, turn left by the garage and follow this road and round the corner to the right where you can see the church on your left. Take the first left after the corner up a steep hill. THIS ROAD IS VERY NARROW! You may have to reverse if you meet someone. A little way up the lane you will see some parking spaces on the right just after the caravan park.
Say it!: Mynydd Tir-y-Cwmwd: mun-ith tir-uh-cwmwd
Llanbedrog: ll*anbedrog
*place your tongue behind your top teeth and blow either side

 

Views to Pwllheli from the summit of Mynydd Tir-y-Cwmwd

 Llanbedrog is dominated by the huge rock that pushes its way out into the sea between the village and Abersoch. This headland, Mynydd Tir-y-Cwmwd, rises to 132 metres high and the views from the summit are spectacular.

On the northeast side of the headland stands a statue, "the weary traveller". The first statue erected here was a figurehead off a ship that sank out in the bay, but weathering and vandals have meant that this statue had to be replaced, as did it's replacement. The latest statue was designed and constructed locally and was flown into position by helicopter. The new statue is more in the shape of the first, wooden statue that was here, but is made of lots of strips of metal and is said to "sing" on a windy day.

Opposite the car park is a small lane that climbs the hill and is now signposted "Mynydd Tir-y-Cwmwd". Follow this lane and keep heading right until you end up on a dirt track. A short way along this track is a post with various signs on it. From this post, turn left and follow the path until you get to the trig point on the top of the "mynydd" (or "mountain"). Enjoy the views all around you - from the tip of Ynys Enlli/Bardsey Island to Aberystwyth and beyond. There is now a toposcope on the summit labelling the mountains of Snowdonia.

From the summit, you can explore the top of the headland in any direction you wish, however, we normally turn left at the trig point when looking at it as you did on approaching it. Follow this path down the upper slopes of the hill. You will come across a sign that has been bent over slightly on this part of the descent, so if you see this you are heading in the right direction! Continue down this path and you will eventually come to the statue.

From here, you can either turn back on your self and go back the way you came, avoiding any large descents or climbs. However, if you wish to walk a circular route, there is a set of steps just to the north west of the statue that lead down to the beach. Once you get to the beach, walk along to the road entrance and follow the road up to the church in the centre of the "old village" as I call it. At the road junction turn left and nearly immediately left again, up a very sharp bank (the road goes off just to the side of the Parish Hall). Just keep following this road and you will come to the car park you started at.
 

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