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Porth Ysgo & Porth Llawenan

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Porth Ysgo

Porth Ysgo is a small sheltered National Trust beach at the end of the Llyn peninsula. The beach is mostly sand and shingle backed by high cliffs and looks out towards the islands of Ynys Gwylan. Very little beach is available at high tide. The waterfall of Pistyll y Gaseg is behind the beach, and is at its best after a period of heavy rain.

Limited roadside parking can be found at Grid Ref : SH212269, just off the Rhiw - Aberdaron road, from where access to the beach is a footpath along a small scenic V-shaped valley. Alternatively, parking can be found further along the lane at Ysgo farm which has an honesty box for the fee. A steep path with over 150 steps descends to the shore. Porth Llawenan is about 200 yards to the east and is a similar beach of sand and rocks, but difficult to reach (and much quieter) as the land behind is fenced off. The best access is to follow the incline down from the old winding house, scramble down to the shore wherever is easiest, and continue across the rocks (at low tide) to the beach.

Remnants of the Nant manganese mine can be seen in the valleys behind the beaches, including spoil heaps and a few mine entrances which unusually have not been blocked off. Entrance is possible but there are some steep drops inside some of these, so exploration should not be undertaken lightly or without proper equipment.

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