situated between Rhiw and Aberdaron. Rhiw is one of the highest
villages on the Llŷn Peninsula with views of Llŷn, Anglesey, South
Wales, Snowdonia and even Ireland on clear days.
is closely associated with Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island), with daily
trips from Porth
Meudwy (Fisherman’s Cove), in the summer when the weather is
You can enjoy a
meal at Y Gegin Fawr, where the pilgrims used to stay before
crossing to Bardsey. If you go upon the headland, the tip of the
Llŷn peninsula (Mynydd Mawr in Uwchmynydd), you can see Bardsey
across the Sound, as well as the rest of Llŷn. It is well worth
crossing the Sound to enjoy the tranquillity of the island, where it
is said that twenty thousand saints are buried.
foot of Mynydd Mawr, the ruins of St. Mary’s Church can still be
seen, and down in the
is St. Mary’s Well, where the pilgrims would wash their feet
crossing the treacherous sound to reach the holy island of Bardsey.
The sea has always been important to
the people of Llŷn. The
fishermen go for their pots, hoping for a good catch of lobsters and
crabs as well as other fish.
ships were wrecked in Porth Neigwl (Hell’s Mouth) in the old days,
and it is said that the locals would take rings and anything else
off the bodies that were washed ashore from the wrecks.
evidence of early settlement in the area, including hill forts, a
cromlech and a Stone Age Axe Factory. The ancient Church of Saint
Hywyn is almost on the beach in
Aberdaron, and is open daily. The famous poet and nationalist, R. S.
Thomas was vicar here for a number of years, and when he retired he
lived in a cottage above
Mouth, near Plas yn Rhiw.
recently been suggested that Owain Glyndwr signed a secret agreement
between himself, Edward Mortimer and the Earl of Northumberland, in
Aberdaron in 1405. The agreement was signed in the house of the Dean
of Bangor and set in writing how they would share the land of Wales
and England if they defeated Henry IV, King of England. They were
not successful, but if they had, the history of Wales and England
would have been different.
to the authors of ‘Journey to Avalon’, there is a connection between
this area and King Arthur – that Bardsey is Avalon and that the
Battle of Camelot was
Cadlan (between Rhiw and Aberdaron).
enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this beautiful peninsula. Hear
the Welsh language, walk the coastal path, use the cycle route,
enjoy all sorts of water sports, relax on the beaches and treat
yourself to local food from our farms and the sea around us.