With over 100 miles of coastline, the Lleyn Peninsula is home to some of North Wales’s best beaches, craggy coves, headlands with hidden bays and impressive offshore islands. Llanbedrog sits on the sheltered South Coast of the peninsula, well protected by Llanbedrog’s prominent lush green headland. From Tremfan Lodge Park, residents can easily walk to three of the Lleyn Peninsula’s best beaches; Llanbedrog, Carreg y Defaid and Quarry Beach.
The main coastal attraction is the National Trust’s long sandy beach with its clear shallow waters, the renowned colourful line of pretty beach huts and the ambient Llanbedrog Beach Bar. Named as one of North Wales’s best beaches, this family and dog friendly beach is a perfect place to spend a traditional beach day, paddling, swimming and soaking up the sun. If you can drag yourself off the beach and out of the clear sparkling waters, then take a walk through the woodlands of Llanbedrog Headland to the top of Mynydd Tir-y-Cwmwd. At the top of the headland, as well as breath taking views over Llanbedrog and Abersoch, you will also find the tin man, the renowned 6ft statue that keeps guard over the bay. For more details of the amenities and the latest updates on Llanbedrog Beach see the National Trusts fabulous guide here.
Carreg y Defaid
Heading towards Pwllheli lies Carreg y Defaid beach. Accessed just off the A499 or via the coastal path, Carreg y Defaid is a quieter dog friendly beach. The sand and shale beach is well protected by a small rocky headland and offers a great spot away from the crowds. Walkers frequently pass by on the coastal path and fishermen arrive in the early evening to make the most of the rocky outcrop and deep sea below. Carreg y Defaid beach continues and merges into Pwllheli beach providing a fabulous uninterrupted walk into the coastal town.
Tucked under the west side of Llanbedrog headland, at the far end of The Warren beach, lies Quarry Beach. Accessed via a single-track road, via the coastal path or from The Warren, this wide sandy beach is simply stunning. Enjoy a paddle or dip in the shallow waters or simply sit on the rocks and watch the boats go by. It is a great spot to enjoy the sunrise and at low tide you will see the frequently photographed iconic remains of the old jetty. The Quarry Beach is dog friendly and check out this great article on Abersoch Life for more on this hidden gem.