Braich y Pwll - Aberdaron - Gwynedd - North Wales
Location: Near Aberdaron, Near Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales, UK
Coordninates: 52.796332N , 4.761126W
Grading: Rocky Headland - Scenic - See Fishing & Walking Information Below
Nearest Town: Pwllheli (23.8 miles)
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Information: The rugged, ethereally beautiful extremity of the Llŷn Peninsula is where the medieval pilgrims set off to reach the holy island of Bardsey: one glimpse of their destination, rising out of the gunmetal-grey sea beyond the surf-pounded rocks hints at the drama of their final voyage. A path leads down past the remains of St Mary's Abbey to a Neolithic standing stone known as Maen Melyn, suggesting this was a holy place well before the Celts or their saints arrived.
A natural freshwater spring called St Mary's Well (Ffynnon Fair)issues from a cleft in the rock below the high-tide mark; it was held to be holy and pilgrims would sip the water before setting out. There are sheer drops to the sea and high surf, so we don't recommend you attempt it.
Inland are strip fields that preserve many of the patterns of ancient land use. Keep an eye out for choughs, a cheeky red-legged relation of the crow, and the rare spotted rock rose – this is the only place on the British mainland where this yellow bloom is found.
Cottages to Let:
Places to Eat
Places to shop
1) Drs Parry-Smith, Smits, Morris & Haque ( 8.3 miles) - Meddygfa Rhydbach, Botwnnog, Pwllheli, LL53 8RE, Tel: 01758 730266
1) Ysbyty Gwynedd (24.8 miles) - Penrhosgarnedd, Bangor, Gwynedd
LL57 2PW, Tele 01248 384384, Major acute - Major A&E - Open 24 hours
2) Bryn Beryl Hospital - (14.5 miles ) - Caernarvon Rd, Pwllheli, LL53 6TT, Tel: 01758 701122, Minor injuries unit, not 24Hrs
1) Rowlands Pharmacy (10.8 miles) - High St, Abersoch, Pwllheli, LL53 7DY, Tel: 01758 712436
1) Abersoch Dental Care (10.6 miles) - 19 Cae Du Estate, Abersoch, Pwllheli, LL53 7EN, Tel: 01758 713955
1) Barclays Bank PLC 64 High Street, Pwllheli
2) Lloyds TSB Bank PLC 90-92 High Street, Pwllheli
3) NatWest , Pwllheli
1) Notemachine SPAR - ABERSOCH CAE DU ESTATES ABERSOCH LL53 7ER
1) Pen-y-Bont Garage (7Miles). Sarn, Near Pwllheli, LL538DU. Telephone: Tel: 01758 730674
Things To Do:
Sea Fishing - Location information:
Access is often difficult and fishing marks uncomfortable, not advisable for inexperienced anglers. Never fish alone at this venue.
Neap tides two hours either side of low water are favoured.
Pollack, Wrasse, Mackerel, Bull Huss,Dogfish, Conger and Bass in summer,(there is always the chance of a Tope showing up at this venue)
Winter; (if weather allows) codling, whiting, dabs and pollack – More Info
Ragworm,Sandeel, Crab, Mussel, Lug and Squid – More Info
Heavy beach gear with 5-6 oz grips can be used on clean ground, but most of the mark requires single hook rotten bottom paternoster at least 30lbs all through.
Floatfishing and spinning very productive – Pollack, Wrasse and Mackerel, crab on float gear takes larger than average wrasse with 5lb fish possible – More Info
(The water is deep enough to use a string of “hokkai” type feathers for the mackerel and pollack, but expect expensive tackle losses!!)
Take the road north from Aberdaron up the hill signed Porth Oer and after leaving the bay on your left hand side after half mile take the first unmarked road left. Follow this narrow road for three miles all the way to the end. Over cattle grid then follow road round to the right & park. Drop down left from the car park to nearest inlet (15min walk) a tourist attraction, called St Mary’s well , but the whole coastline either side of the car park dropping down to the rock ledges when conditions allow are fishable. IMPORTANT This is not a mark to be fished in the wet or in any wind out of the West to South West direction.
IMPORTANT This is not a mark to be fished in the wet or in any wind out of the West to South West direction.
Porthor and Aberdaron Beach are great places for beach fishing
Walking: Pilgrim Trail - Lleyn Coastal Path - Castle to Castle Walk Walking Holidays - This walk has the precedent of being an ancient route, tracing the spiritual journey taken in early centuries by pilgrims from Bangor to Aberdaron and crossing to Bardsey island, the mystical Isle of a 1000 Saints, reputedly the burial place of many early Christian saints
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