Friday, 25 April 2014

LLANBEDROG



Llanbedrog is a village of two halves, divided by the A499 road.  The upper part has a couple of pubs, camping and other facilities, while the lower part of the village has a beautiful, sheltered beach dominated by the Mynydd Tir-y-Cwmwd headland.  The beach is owned by the National Trust, so there is parking which is free to members plus toilets, a cafe and a gift shop, as well as some attractive National Trust beach huts available for fire.  The beach is popular with dog owners, and the water is shallow and safe for children.  Steep steps lead up to the top of the headland, from where there are stunning views.  There is a statue at the top called "The Weary Traveller" which was originally a wooden ship's figurehead, but has been replaced twice due to the twin evils of the weather and vandalism.  The new one, otherwise known as the "Tin Man", is made of strips of metal, and its design causes it to make a sound described as "singing in the wind". Llanbedrog used to be connected to Pwllheli by a tramway, but most of the track has now gone.  Back in the village, St Pedrog's Church, named after the saint who also gave the village its name, is thought to date back to the 5th century, when the saint arrived here.  The church hall houses exhibitions during the summer.  Just to the south of the village is Plas Glyn-y-weddw, which is an arts gallery and residential centre.

Map of the area.

File:The beach at Llanbedrog - geograph.org.uk - 1634597.jpg
Photo by Colin Park, via Wikimedia Commons

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