The Belan Bimble
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|7.79 km||146 m|
Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.
Activivity Type: Easy Walk, Trail or Fell Runs
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The Belan Bimble
This is a pleasant walk or trail run from the village of Dinas Dinlle near Caernarfon. Dinas Dinlle itself is a small seaside village of a few houses and cafes that attracts the locals as well as watersports enthusiasts. This trip might be one for those with an interest in aviation, as you may be able to see from the map below, it’s a walk around Caernarfon Airport as much as it is around the Belan Peninsula.
Distance, Ascent and Time 8KM, n/a, 2 hrs
Difficulties No official right of way!
Start / End Dinas Dinlle
Facilities Cafe and shop in village and airport
Public Transport infrequent Bus services
You start off from the far end of the minor road as it turns sharply right for the airport and you can either follow the path in the dunes or the beach for a good few kilometres until the shingle becomes too steep and you have to clamber back to the grassy path. At the end of the peninsula is the Napoleonic fort of Belan, now converted into holiday homes.
Follow the road that leaves the fort for a short distance and then a track to your left. You can see that this used to be an RAF base during the war, and some remains still stands. Follow the fence to your right until you can turn right and across the now very narrow headland to the inside of Foryd Bay. The path is faint, but easily followed if you keep close to the fence. After a kilometre or so, you’ll come to a fence with warning signs that land is private, etc and so forth, but this is the start of the right of way and is followed back along the embankment. You may be better off in summer to keep to the left of the embankment as the top is overgrown.
Once you reach the holiday park, you’ll soon reach the gate that takes you along an initally green lane to the minor road and back to the start.