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pwll melyn. rhiw. gwynedd. wales
Pwll Melyn is situated in Rhiw, a small village at the southern tip of the Lleyn Peninsula. The views are stunning whichever way you look, inland and north east you can see Snowdon and its range of mountains, across Hells Mouth, over Abersoch to Barmouth, Harlech and Cader Idris and finally south and west to Aberdaron and the tip of the peninsula and, when conditions are favourable, the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland.
Heritage, History and Culture
Boat Trips go daily from Porth Meudwy (Fishermans Cove) to Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island), in the summer when the weather is favourable. 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.
At the foot of Mynydd Mawr, the ruins of St. Mary’s Church can still be seen, and down in the cliffs is St. Mary’s Well, where the pilgrims would wash their feet before crossing the treacherous sound to reach the holy island of Bardsey.
Within a short distance you can reach both beaches and coves. The historic fishing village of Aberdaron offers a safe flagged beach with parking close by.
Hells Mouth (1 mile) three miles of sand and premier surfing. Porth Ysgo (2 miles) approached by 160 steps so often very quiet and never crowded but well worth the climb!
The famous Whistling Sands is a little further away (6 miles) but equally stunning. Parts of "Last Knight" were filmed here.
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.
Many 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.
There is 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 Hell’s Mouth, near Plas yn Rhiw.
It has 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.
According 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 fought at Cadlan (between Rhiw and Aberdaron).
Come and 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.
Hell’s Mouth from Pwll Melyn
View towards Pwll Melyn Cottage
We are situated in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and close to sheltered coves and superb beaches. This results in prime walking country. The Llŷn Coastal Path passes close by the cottage and there are many excellent walks and National Trust paths direct from the front door.
Water sports are the reason many people come to the area. With Abersoch, a major centre for sailing, being just 8 miles away.
Bird and wildlife watching is second to none with sightings of choughs, buzzards, peregrines, red kites, puffins, seals, dolphins porpoises etc. Cycling is also very popular with undulating countryside providing fabulous views.
Golf is well catered for a choice of three courses including Nefyn ranked by Golf World Magazine in the top 100 courses.