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Beach break on the Lleyn Peninsula
15/08/2003

If you fancy a relaxing break, why not take advantage of the sunny summer weather and head for the beach. Porth Oer on the Lleyn Peninsula is a fantastic, family friendly beach. There is a toilet and carpark (£2) at this National Trust site and a shop and a café situated right on the edge of the beach (The toffee ice cream is quite wonderful!). It is located a few miles north of Aberdaron close to Methlem on the north coast.

The beach is also known as Whistling Sands because of the strange squeeking noise that the sand makes when you walk on it. High tide can bring good surf conditions (Click here for more information) but most summertime visitors come here simply to hang out and soak up the sunshine vibe.

At low tide it is possible to access some excellent bouldering and short (i.e. 30 feet), easy rock climbs in the beautiful tranquil bay just to the north of the beach. Approach to the secluded beach is made down a rather unnerving muddy runnel at the back of the bay, or by scrambling down the slabby rocks on the south side. There are a number of minor problems and one very hard traverse in the main bay, but the main attraction for the keen boulderer lies just around the corner.

By scrambling around the rocks an amazing cave feature is reached. There are over 15 problems from V0 to V6 providing superb sport. The landing is soft sand and the rock is skin friendly.

(NB. Dogs are not allowed during the summer months.)


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