Llyn Peninsula, North Wales

Llyn Peninsula
Llŷn Peninsula is a thirty mile long finger of land pointing into the Irish Sea on the north west corner of Wales. It is often likened to a hand pointing the way from Wales to Ireland. The peninsula lies to the south west of the Isle of Anglesey and is part of the historic region and modern county of Gwynedd. The word Llŷn is thought to be derived from Laighin the Irish word for Leinster. It is also sometimes spelled as Lleyn in England.

Always an isolated area, the Llŷn Peninsula has kept its Welsh traditions and language and this helps to give the area a distinct charm. The unspoilt peninsula is popular with visitors and was once used by pilgrims en route to Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island). The entire coastline is designated as a National Heritage Coastline.

Llŷn's remoteness means it's a haven to wildlife. Much of the peninsula is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, confirming the peninsula as one of the most scientifically important in both Wales and Britain. There are many protected sites on the peninsula, such as the National Nature Reserve at Cors Geirch. This is a large marshy area in the centre of the peninsula, it runs from Rhyd-y-Clafdy to near Edern.

The peninsula is studded with picturesque hamlets like Porth Dinllaen. The village is right on the beach at a sheltered bay and enjoys views of Yr Eifl and Snowdonia . Other resorts along the coast include Abersoch , Aberdaron, Criccieth and Nefyn . The Llŷn Coastal Path long distance footpath enables walkers to fully explore both coasts of the peninsula.

The Corsydd Llyn (Lleyn Fens) is designated as a Special Area of Conservation. It consists of a chain of four rich fen sites running across the centre of the Llyn Peninsula. The area's rich habitat mix supports a variety of plant and animal life. Inland water, bogs and marshes make up more than half of the site. Grassland, woodland and a little arable land make up the rest of the Corsydd Llyn.

Volcanic activity once helped form the hills which now offer many walking and climbing opportunities. Some walks can be tough but the sites are well worth the effort. The summit of Yr Eifl offers complete panorama of the peninsula. On a clear day, the vista includes views of Snowdon, the Moelwyn and Cader Idris. You really can see for miles from Yr Eifl. Not only can both Anglesey and Cardigan Bay be seen from the peak, but sometimes you can even glimpse the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland

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