Day 066 : Nefyn – Pen-y-groesion

In the old days Nefyn used to be a seafaring port with fishing particularly for herring. This is where I start todays walk with a mountain to conquer in Yr Eifi.

b_066_259_Porth-y-Nant_Disused_Quarry

After passing through Pistyll, I pass through some old quarry workings at Penrhyn Glas, this is the first of two quarries I pass through. Up ahead I see a far bigger quarry of Porth-y-Nant.

When I reach the quarry it’s hard to imagine the scale of the workings there. I see  remains of old stone buildings, rusty pieces of metal and a winding wheel. I can see workings all the way up the hillside. I climb up out of the quarry to Nant Gwytherin where a village was built for the workers. There is now a conference centre there with a tea shop and cakes. The cottages have been renovated and provide accommodation to people taking courses at the conference centre.

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It’s quite a steep climb up the road from Nant Gwytherin to the main road. It’s from here that make a descent along the side of Yr Eifl which actually comprises of three peaks. At the top you get a view of the bay at Trefor. I descend by the quarry and around the headland to the pier at Trefor.

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Trefor grow as it housed the workers from the granite quarry and the pier was very busy with ships taking the granite all over Europe. I now have the busy A499 to contend with for the rest of the day. This road whisks people very quickly between Caernarfon and Pwllheli and beyond.

b_066_277_Clynnog_Fawr_Church

I divert off the main road into the village of Clynnog Fawr where it has quite a big parish church, St. Beuno’s. It is built on the site of a celtic monastry founded by Beuno. I continue my journey and finish the day a couple of miles up the road.