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Greentraveller's Guide to the Llŷn AONB

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Posted by Tom Watts at 11:00 on Thursday 02 August 2012

As part of our celebration of beautiful natural landscapes, we've published a Greentraveller's Guide to the Llŷn Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, northwest Wales.

The guide features all the very best green and gorgeous places to stay in this unique part of the country (it is one of only four AONBs in Wales), a selection of great restaurants, cafés and farmshops selling fresh Welsh produce, plus a whole range of outdoor activities and attractions - from the natural beauty of Bardsey Island, and the stronghold of the Welsh language Nant Gwrtheyrn, to wandering the coastal path while keeping your eyes peeled for dolphins. There's also all the info you'll need on travelling to and within the AONB by public transport.

A family survey the peninsula's rugged beauty © Crown copyright (2012) Visit WalesA family survey the peninsula's rugged beauty © Crown copyright (2012) Visit WalesHere are a few examples of what you'll find in our latest Greentraveller Guide destination guide:

Where to stay

An innovative ecodome on the Llŷn peninsulaAn innovative ecodome on the Llŷn peninsulaEcodomes - Three innovative geodesic domes hidden away on a Welsh sheep farm, complete with kitchen, bathroom and a composting loo. Each dome has a sturdy wooden bed, wood-burning stove, two single futons, wind-up radio and bedside lamp, plus there's a picnic table and barbeque for when the sun comes out.

>> Campsites in Llŷn

Plas Bodegroes - A Georgian manor house that's a picture of elegance, with wisteria and roses climbing the iron columns of its verandah. Having won many awards for offering local dining at its very finest (there are even Welsh wines in the wine list), the 11 rooms offer just as much to shout about, each of which boasts pretty garden views.

>> Hotels in Llŷn 

Plas Bodegroes - This Georgian manor house is a real picture of elegance, with wisteria and roses climbing the iron columns of its verandah. Having won many awards for offering local dining at its very finest (there are even Welsh wines in the wine list), the 11 rooms offer just as much to shout about, each of which boasts pretty garden views.
>> Hotels in Llŷn

Where to eat

Tir a Mor - This unpretentious restaurant in Criccieth puts a great deal of emphasis on fresh, local produce (think delicious Aberdaron crab, mussels and Welsh lamb and black beef), albeit with a tasty 'Mediterranean' twist. With the sea at the end of the road, a post-dinner stroll is almost always on the cards.
>> Restaurants in Llŷn

Porthmadog Local Produce Market - Once a month, all manner of local producers descend on Porthmadog to take part in the local produce market. From shiitake mushrooms, to Kurdish pasties, to liqueur made from exotic berries, you'll doubtless find unusual gems hidden between popular Welsh staples.
>> Eating Local in Llŷn

Local attractions

Bardsey Island nature reserve - Known in Welsh as Ynys Enlli, Bardsey Island is famed for its birds, and in particular a breeding colony of some 16,000 Manx Shearwater. Around the shores your'e also likely to find Atlantic grey seals, as well as Harbour porpoises and Risso's dolphins. Guided tours of the island leave from just outside Aberdaron.
>> Visitor attractions in Llŷn

Nant Gwrtheyrn - In a secluded valley on the north shore of the Llŷn peninsula, Nant Gwrtheyrn is stronghold of the Welsh language, with hundreds learning to speak it each year taking part in courses beside the sea. Even if you don't have time for a full 3-day course, there's plenty to look at in the heritage centre.
>> Cultural spaces in Llŷn

The rugged coastline of the beautiful Llŷn peninsulaThe rugged coastline of the beautiful Llŷn peninsula

What to do

Walking the Llŷn Coastal Path - With some 91 miles of public footpaths, quiet country lanes, permissive paths and expensive beaches, the coastal path is one of the best walking routes in the country. Stop for a picnic on the golden sands, look out over the ocean from the clifftops, or maybe spot dolphine frolicking in the bay.
>> Walking in Llŷn

Llŷn Adventures - This family-friendly adventure company offers the chance to try abseiling, mountain walking or even ambitious, goat-like ‘mountain scrambling’, all in the company of experts. If you're really after a thrill you can try your hand at coasteering and canyoning, and spend a day leaping from cliffs and slipping down waterfalls.
>> Other activities in Llŷn

A stretch of golden Welsh sand on the Llŷn peninsula © Crown copyright (2012) Visit WalesA stretch of golden Welsh sand on the Llŷn peninsula © Crown copyright (2012) Visit Wales

Greentraveller's Guide to Llŷn was written by Paul Miles with support from Tom Watts, in collaboration with the Elin Hughes, Llŷn AONB Authority.

>> See all our Greentraveller's Guides

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