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.
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.
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.
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.
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.