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A view of the curving white-sand beach of Hell's Mouth Bay with bright green trees and woodland in the foreground seen from Plas yn Rhiw estate, Gwynedd, Wales
Hell's Mouth Bay from Plas yn Rhiw estate, Gwynedd, Wales | © National Trust Images/Joe Cornish

Plas yn Rhiw and Rhiw village walk

A relatively short but quite challenging walk with coastal views and fascinating history. Head up through coastal woodland to the village of Rhiw, skirting around the base of the mountain and back down to Plas yn Rhiw along country lanes.

Total steps: 12

Total steps: 12

Start point

Car park at Plas yn Rhiw, grid ref: SH237282

Step 1

Turn left from Plas yn Rhiw car park, walk up the steep road towards Rhiw and look out for the second blue Coast Path sign on your left.

Step 2

Go through the black kissing gate on your left and follow the Coast Path sign leading you into a field.

Step 3

Follow the coast path signs leading you through a recently planted area of native trees and down towards Garth Woods, which you’ll see ahead of you.

Step 4

Cross the wooden bridge into the woodland and follow the trail that climbs up the slope.

Step 5

A kissing gate leads you out of the woodland. Go through this gate and turn right to continue following the Coast Path signs up the steep slope. At the next Coast Path sign, turn right and follow the stone wall up the slope.

Step 6

As the slope begins to level off, turn right, following a ‘circular walk’ and up past Pant, a National Trust holiday cottage.

Step 7

Continue up the hill leading you through two separate gates and into the village of Rhiw.

Step 8

On rejoining the road, turn left, walk a short distance past Capel Nebo on your left and up to the crossroads in the middle of the village.

Step 9

Turn right at the crossroads following the 'Sarn 3½ miles' sign.

Step 10

Follow this road past a row of houses, the old school and village hall on your left, and up to a junction on a corner. Turn right at the blue sign which reads ‘Unsuitable for wide vehicles’.

Step 11

Follow this road for about 600 metres, until you reach St Aelrhiws church. Turn right at the junction below the church with a red post box on it.

Step 12

Follow the winding road down, back into the trees, past the tea-room and towards Plas yn Rhiw. Continue down the road to the junction and turn left to return to the car park. Please take care when crossing the main road.

End point

Car park at Plas yn Rhiw, grid ref: SH237282

Trail map

Plas yn Rhiw walk map
Plas yn Rhiw walk map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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