Dinas Dinlle and Llandwrog Wales Coastal Path Circular Walk
|8.08 km||39 m|
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Dinas Dinlle and Llandwrog Wales Coastal Path Circular Walk Details
Here’s a short loop along the Wales Coastal Path from Dinas Dinlle via the picturesque estate village of Llandwrog. If you’re walking this section then the short diversion into the village is worth it, if only as it’s the last pub you’ll pass until you reach Nefyn. This has to be the driest section of coast on the entire path!
1 Start the walk at Dinas Dinlle as there’s a regular bus service from Caernarfon and plenty of parking. Avoid on bank holiday weekends if at all possible! It’s worth ascending the hill fort of Dinas Dinlle that’s detailed in this route up Dinas Dinlle in order to see the area you’ll be walking in. You should be able to spot the spire of the church in Llandwrog.
2 Follow the minor road away from the sea, past some houses and after a kilometre turn left at the road junction. You’ll be surprised to know that was a section of the coastal path, and not an inspiring one at that! Continue for another kilometre or so into the village of Llandwrog, easily spotted by the church spire.
3 Llandwrog was built as an estate village for the neighbouring Glynllifon estate, and the centre of the village is still quaint and unspoilt. There’s even a pub here of unique design that’s worth a stop, even if you’ve only been walking for 2km so far! It’s called the Harp Inn, but also Ty’n Llan, just to make things confusing. There’s also the the church of St Twrog opposite.
4 Continue past the church, and along the minor road – which can be interesting considering the way some people drive this (avoid around 4-5pm!) – and get the final bit of country lanes out of the way before you’re back on the coastal path. After 2km you’ll approach a house with a clear sign for the coastal path to your left.
5 The path passes the house, through some woodland and then a footbridge across the Afon Carrog. This could be soggy in exceptionally high tides as the jetsam to the side appeared to be around the same level as the bridge!
6 Follow the sea defences for around 1km, along the edges of Foryd Bay. This is an area of particular interest to bird watchers, so worth bringing a pair of binoculars if that’s your thing.
7 Leave the sea defences along a country lane, clearly waymarked as the coastal path, before you reach the caravan park. This takes you past Caernarfon Airport (an airfield, basically!) that’ll soon be the base for the privatised search and rescue helicopters.
8 Finally – a bit more sea, and you can follow the path along the coast or walk along the beach if the tide’s out. If you can time it for around sunset, then the open views can be stunning.