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Porth y Wrach

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Porth y Wrach

Located just north of the better-known Whistling Sands, Porth y Wrach is one of the northern Llyn's more scenic (and secret) beaches. Often shown on maps as having a rocky shore, it is an appealing mix of sand, large rocks, caves and rockpools. Access to the shore is not easy, and involves a scramble down a very steep grassy bank and rocks at the northern end. This needs to be done around the low tide period. Once on the shore, more rocks and boulders need to be negotiated to reach the sand, but you will probably have this beach to yourself, even at the height of summer. However, an eye needs to be kept on the tide, otherwise you could end up staying here considerably longer than planned.

The nearest parking is at the road junction to the north of Whistling Sands (Grid Ref: SH174302), where there is space to park on the verge. About 50 yards further north, a footpath leads down to the coastal path at the southern end of the beach.

The name 'Porth y Wrach' translates as 'Cove of the Witch'. The photos were taken an hour after low tide.

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