There are lots of options when it comes to activities in Harlech come sunshine or not.

Harlech Beach

This an amazing place, miles of golden sands flanked by sandunes on one side and the sea to the other. Offering safe bathing and plenty of space for children to run free.

Rhinog Mountains

For many this is an area which really lives up to the concept of Snowdonia, stunning views, solitude, rugged country without the crowds.

This is also a special place for Geologists who know the area as the ‘Harlech Dome’ with some of the oldest rocks in the World found here.

Eating out

You can find a list of local Places to Eat here.

Local Events

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A list of current Local Events for Harlech and the surrounding area can be found at the Harlech Events Page

 

 

Walking or Hiking

From gentle walks on paths that meander round the Town, through more serious treks up into the hills to the Ardudwy Way, a 24 mile path from Barmouth to Llandecwyn. If this sounds too much to take on in one go there are several options to tackle this in more manageable 6 to 8 mile sections.

Pen Graig

This is a fabulous ‘View Point’ with a fantastic vista giving a superb view of the Castle just a short stroll from the Town. Here there is a slate plinth showing the more major peaks that can be viewed. At night you can watch the sunset over the Llyn Peninsular or stargaze after darkness falls.

Pen Llech

One of the older roads in Harlech. It is the steepest hill in Britain navigable by road (luckily traffic is prohibited from driving up it). If you are walking down it be very careful of the lower parts where it is steepest. It brings you out by Woodlands Caravan Site close to the Railway Station.

This road was once used for ‘Hill Climb’ Events by Cars and Motor Cycles up to the little Chapel on the top cross roads – Capel Engedi.

As you pass over the little bridge over a stream at the bottom, close to the entrance to the caravan, site look carefully at the iron grid – underneath you can just see the original ‘Clapper Bridge’.

Picnic Area

By the side of St Tanwgs Church (opposite the Spar Shop) a paved footpath gently rises through a tree lined walkway to the Picnic Area with a stream and small pond. Just beyond is the Upper Bron y Graig Car Park.

This area originally formed part of the gardens for a grand house (now demolished) and the site of an Old Lemonade Factory was close by.

Local Attractions

Llanfair Slate Quarry

Children’s Farm Park

Harlech Beach, (see above picture) one of the best beaches in the World.

Harlech Castle operated by CADW on behalf of the Welsh Assembly.

Nature Trail An interesting stroll around a lesser known part of Harlech.

Harlech Literary Trail gives an insight into some of the many writers who have been influenced by this amazing landscape.

Golf Club Royal St Davids championship course.

Swimming Pool and indoor climbing wall.

 

Nearby Towns and Villages

 

Llanbedr

Dyffryn Ardudwy

Tal y Bont

Barmouth

Talsarnau

Llandecwyn

Ynys

Maentwrog

History

You may be forgiven for thinking that Harlech Castle, built in 1283, represents an old building. However, Llanfihangel the Church at Ynys, was built a hundred years before.

Consider also that Ancient peoples began to settle in this area about 6000 years ago, there are many relics scattered around showing their Burial Mounds, Hut Circles, Way Markers for their Pathways and routes through the mountains.

The Romans visited the area and there are plenty of references in Ancient stories from the Mabinogi – Tales of Branwen.