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Llangoed, resting a couple of miles north of Henllys, is the start point for this historical outing. Free parking at the car park opposite the pub. Food available.
Points of interest include the lighthouse at Perch Rock, Puffin Island, Romanesque architecture at the islands most complete medieval monastery, Penmon Priory – (Augustinian foundation), and an ancient dovecote too.
From the car park rejoin the road and turn right, cross the road bridge and immediately turn left toward the pub’s car park, bearing left along a waymarked beck side path.
Follow the clear path through the Llangoed Local Nature Reserve. At the tarmac lane, turn right and follow it uphill to the former school -1896, noting separate entrances for boys and girls/infants!
Turn left and, immediately beyond the church, enter a lane on the left, then pass through a gate.
Continue alongside the church wall, then aim towards a yellow waymark sited in the centre of the meadow. Note the dramatic skyline of Snowdonia, behind and to the left.
From the waymark veer slightly right, walking beside a mound on the right, formerly the site of an early settlement.Read more ...
Locate an exit gate at the top corner of the eld. Cross the road to enter a driveway. A signposted exit on the right soon appears. Cross the eld, towards the houses. The exit through a gate.
Walk towards the houses and veer left towards “Gwelyr yn ys” when the driveways divide. A waymark indicates a left turn (along an enclosed path).
Pass through a “kissing gate” on the left, then where the path curves, pass through another gate and veer right, following an obvious path, to emerge onto a surfaced driveway. Turn left – downhill.
When the driveway curves (right) into a garden, walk straight ahead, passing through a gate into a small eld. Keep close to the right hand boundary and locate another gate situated at the eld corner. Cross the next eld to an exit gate near the house, and turn left, for a dozen paces along its drive. Reaching the house, swing right, and pass through another gate, giving access to open fields.
Maintain the approach line across the fields, then enter a brief enclosed section close to a house, before turning right, along the driveway. At the road turn left.
Follow the road to its conclusion (ignore the option of Penmon). Maintain the previous line across two expansive fields, with sea views appearing and St. Orme’s Head, Llandudno. Keep close to the wall on the right.
At the first stile continue to follow the wall to the right and exit. Exit at a stile situated alongside a wide gate, then turn left along the edge of a eld bordered with sloe bearing blackthorn bushes.
At the road turn right, then left after 25 yards leading into an enclosed track. An obvious path leads to the lighthouse and Puffin Island and Pilot Cafe, The coastguard cottages were erected in 1839.
The walk continues back up the road until arriving at the ancient dovecote, and the ruins of Penmon Priory. Immediately beyond the priory leave the road on the right, leading to stone steps. After descending steps turn left and join a track leading past quarries.
Ignore a turning to the right leading to a ruined building. Follow the indication of waymarks across the eld, towards electricity poles and some houses Exit the field (steps) and turn left. Pass through Penmon.
At a Junction turn right and 100 yards later enter the lane on the left. Turn sharp left through a kissing gate.
Shortly pass through a single gate (double gates either side) and cross the field keeping to the right, walking downhill towards an exit gate at the bottom right hand corner of the field, join the narrowest of tarmac lanes.
Turn right along the lane and, just before a sharp right bend, turn left onto a fenced path waymarked to the castle. As the boardwalk ends, fork left up a waymarked grassy incline.
Follow the path around Aberlleiniog Castle to the interpretive panels at the entrance. Go up if you wish and, returning to the entrance boardwalk, turn right and follow the path along a boardwalk down to the river.
At the junction of paths, turn right to follow the clear path through the woodland. Where the path meets a concrete track, turn right and follow it back to the car park in Llangoed.
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This route was correct at time of writing. However, alterations can happen if development or boundary changes occur, and there is no guarantee of permanent access. These walks have been published for use by site visitors on the understanding that neither HPB Management Limited nor any other person connected with Holiday Property Bond (The Outdoor Guide or Julia Bradbury) is responsible for the safety or wellbeing of those following the routes as described. It is walkers’ own responsibility to be adequately prepared and equipped for the level of walk and the weather conditions and to assess the safety and accessibility of the walk.