Yr Eifl summit

A family walk up Yr Eifl, Llŷn Peninsula, Gwynedd

I’d never heard of Yr Eifl before our recent holiday to Anglesey. It was only as I stood on Newborough Beach looking over to the hills on the Llyn Peninsula that I knew I had to visit.

A couple of days later I discovered the range of hills that comprise the three summits of Yr Eifl make a great half day walk. We only climbed two of them, missing out Garnfor (Mynydd Gwaith). I’d been put off by its granite quarry and telecoms tower; of course I regretted this decision part way through the walk.

Yr Eifl

Our walk started from the car park on the road leading to the Welsh Language Centre at Nant Gwrtheyrn.

Looking towards Yr Eifl from the car park
Looking towards Yr Eifl from the car park

The track, initially alongside moorland, to the summit of Yr Eifl was obvious. This was fortunate as I’d taken a cavalier approach to route finding and hadn’t bought a map with me; not something I’d recommend. In my defence the day was clear, the walk straightforward and I had a screenshot of the route on my phone.

At 564m Yr Eifl is the highest of the three hills; technically a few metres short of a mountain. That said, it became progressively rockier as we climbed and that’s always a mountain sign for me.

Looking south from Yr Eifl
Looking south from Yr Eifl

The best thing about Yr Eifl? The solitude. We’d driven through Snowdonia a couple of days previously and it was incredibly busy. Drive a few miles south and you’re alone again.

Ascending Yr Eifl
Ascending Yr Eifl

In fact, we only met four other people on our walk. The first two were descending Yr Eifl. They’d set out to climb Tre’r Ceiri but somehow ended up on Garnfor instead. Not sure how but I’d guess they were also without a map!

Trig point on Yr Eifl
Trig point on Yr Eifl

We had no problems finding our summit. It’s hard to miss the trig point when there’s a large metal number four on top of it. Google doesn’t have an explanation for this but I found a comment suggesting it was a local blacksmith declaring his love for his partner (H 4 A). A sweet story; I wonder if it’s true?

Aside from the trig point there’s plenty to see with Cardigan Bay to the south, Caernarfon Bay to the north and the mountains of Snowdonia just a hop, skip and jump away.

Descending Yr Eifl
Descending Yr Eifl

We descended off the summit in a westerly direction, picking our way across the rocks. The path wasn’t always clear but fortunately our next hill, Tre’r Ceiri, was easy to see.

Descending Yr Eifl towards Mynydd y Ceiri
Descending Yr Eifl towards Mynydd y Ceiri

Tre’r Ceiri

Tre’r Ceiri is one of the best preserved Iron Age hill forts in Britain. An impressive feat given its exposed location. The fort is surrounded by stone ramparts, inside are the ruins of around 150 houses. At its peak, during the Roman occupation, up to 400 people lived here.

There are, evidently, information boards. I looked in vain for them. How did we manage to miss them?

From the summit of Mynydd y Ceiri
From the summit of Mynydd y Ceiri

We ate our lunch perched on the edge of one of the hut circles. Thousands of people had probably sat there before us. Indeed, one of them had left a banana skin. My pet hate.

Descending Mynydd y Ceiri
Descending Mynydd y Ceiri

After lunch, and with added banana skin, we explored the fort before heading back downhill. There was an assortment of paths criss-crossing the heather but with good visibility it was easy to follow one heading in approximately the right direction.

Nant Gwrtheyrn

Back at the car park my eyes alighted on the sign advertising a cafe at the Welsh Language Centre. Only a few minutes away.

Beach path at Nant Gwrtheyrn
Beach path at Nant Gwrtheyrn

A word of warning. Unless you are in dire need of more exercise do not walk from the car park. It’s a steep downhill trek so you know what that means!

Sensibly, we drove and after cake and coffee found some extra energy to walk to the beach. A fine beach with lots of stone skimming opportunities. Followed by a drive in second gear up an incredibly steep road!

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10 thoughts on “A family walk up Yr Eifl, Llŷn Peninsula, Gwynedd”

  1. sounds like a great day out and walk, shame about the banana skin, but well done on picking it up, love a cafe at the end of a good walk, glad you took the car to it though.
    popping over from #MondayEscapes

  2. I *miss* mountain walks (or nearly mountain walks). We only ever did them on holiday, but I haven;t climbed a mountain in years now. I really must start chivying the family up hills. Disappointing not to have found out about the 4, but actually perhaps it’s more fun to be able to make up stories!

  3. Always nice to discover somewhere off the beaten track. After having a taste of hills recently I was looking at your photos with great envy.

  4. Love this walk – it’s definitely one we’ll have a go at at some point. There’s always a sense of wonder when you’re sat in something that someone built hundreds of years ago.

    #adventurecalling

  5. That looks like a great walk and just the sort of place I’m desperate to get back to. I have to admit that, as much as I love Wales, I haven’t done Snowdonia yet as I’m worried it’ll be really busy. This looks quieter-and far more interesting! I love places that have great walks and lots of history. Thanks for the information, saving this for later. Thanks for joining us at #AdventureCalling

  6. What a lovely walk. I have never done this range either so it’s now firmly on my list. I completely agree, although I love Snowdonia (and I really do love it!) many parts of it do get busy. So to have a much quieter walk withing striking distance would be great for us. Thanks for joining us on #adventurecalling, I hope you can again tomorrow.

  7. Hi Christine, are any of those hill names pronounceable? The climb was well worth the views too. I like the story of the blacksmith declaring his love on top of the mountain, even if it’s not true. The good thing about knowing you have a steep walk back to the car is you know you can ‘afford’ an extra piece of cake as a reward!

    xx

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