As a holiday resort, a place to 'get away from it all, an opportunity to rejuvenate, commune with nature and discover some of the true delights of life, North Wales has it all, from spectacular scenery to pristine beaches.
Llanbedrog is a village and community on the Llŷn peninsula of Gwynedd in Wales. It is situated on the south side of the peninsula on the A499 between Pwllheli and Abersoch. Formerly in the county of Caernarfonshire, it has a population of 1,020 and is a fascinating village in a glorious setting.
The village takes its name from Saint Petroc, a 6th-century Celtic saint. Petroc may be a form of the name Patrick, but Saint Petroc should not be confused with Saint Patrick. Saint Petrog's church is a grade II* listed building and well worth a visit for it's quiet charm.
South of the village is the headland and open area of Mynydd Tir-y-cwmwd. Granite quarrying was commercially important in the late 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. The quarry closed down in 1949.
Holiday-makers started coming to Llanbedrog in significant numbers in the early 20th century, and the Pwllheli and Llanbedrog Tramway was built, linking the village to Pwllheli. Most of the track has now eroded and washed away but sections are still visible. The beach is now managed by the National Trust. In 1856 a dower house, "Plas Glyn-y-Weddw", was built in lower Llanbedrog for Lady Love Jones Parry. The house is now an important centre for the arts.
Tourists have been visiting Llanbedrog on the Llŷn Peninsula since Solomon Andrews built a tramway to connect it to Pwllheli in the 1890s. It is still a popular destination today for those that fancy time on the beachIt is both wheelchair accessible and family friendly with expanses of sand and shallow water, a café and toilets.
There's much more than the beach to discover at Llanbedrog. Whatever the weather you’re sure to enjoy your visit to this beautiful corner of Llyn. Coastal birds such as oyster catchers and curlew that can be seen probing the expanse of uncovered sand at low tide. Wandering the network of paths that wind their way through the woodland and heathland that cloak the headland is a perfect way to while away an afternoon.
Llandedrog has shallow water and a sandy beach, ideal for family days at the seaside. The beaches of North Wales, especially along the south of the peninsula, are remarkable for their fine, firm sandiness - perfect for building sandcastles. It is possible that Edward I got the idea for his circle of Welsh castles from playing on this very beach (actually not, this is pure fantasy). Family fun adventure packs can be picked up at the car park; they contain a variety of interesting activities- bug hunting, games, leaf trails and more. Start ticking off some of the 50 things to do before you're 11¾.
Toilets - there are toilets, including disabled facilities, in the car park at Llanbedrog. There is disabled parking at the Llanbedrog car park. And, of course, there is the village to explore.
Don’t miss: The walk up Mynydd Tir y Cwmwd to the tin man - beautiful heathland landscapes and amazing views over Cardigan Bay; Picking up an adventure pack- fun activities for the whole family; Visiting the nearby Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw - Wales’s oldest art gallery is also one of the most picturesque.
Assistance dogs are welcome, as are dogs in general, a great spot for them to unwind. Beach huts are available to hire.
Location : Llanbedrog, Gwynedd, LL53 7TT
Transport : Pwllheli (National Rail) then Bus. Bus Routes : 17 or 18 from Pwllheli
Opening Times : Dawn till Dusk.
Tickets : Free
Tel : 01758760469