North Wales Pilgrims Way, West
Total distance covered; 78 miles (126kms)
7 days walking, based in Caernarfon
Caernarfon, our base for the western half of the North Wales Pilgrims' Way, lies on the eastern shore of the Menai Strait, backed by the mountains of Snowdonia, and with views across to the Isle of Anglesey. The royal town is dominated by its medieval castle and remarkably complete town walls. These fortifications, built in the late 13th century, are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site 'The Castles and Town Walls of King Edward I in Gwynedd' which also covers the fortifications in Beaumaris, Harlech and Conwy.
Caernarfon has a higher percentage of native Welsh speakers than any other part of Wales, and Welsh is the predominant language spoken.
Caernarfon has plenty of accommodation and a good variety of inns, restaurants and takeaways offering food in the evenings. It also has a number of shops where one can purchase the makings of a packed lunch.
The daily meeting point in Caernarfon the seating area in Castle Square, beside the statue of David Lloyd George.
Accommodation; There is a variety of accommodation in Caernarfon and details can be found on the following websites:
Alternatively, an accommodation guide can be obtained from the Tourist Information Centre in Caernarfon, whose contact details are as follows:
Caernarfon Tourist Information Centre, Oriel Pendeitsh, Castle Street, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 1ES
Tel; 01286 672232
How to reach Caernarfon by public transport; The nearest railway station is at Bangor; 9 miles distant. From Bangor there is a bus service (Arriva 5C) to Caernarfon which departs every 15 minutes, from early morning to late at night.
General information on Caernarfon and the North Wales Pilgrims' Way can be found on the following websites:
Day 1: Abergwyngregin to Bangor 13 mls (21kms)
Day 2: Bangor to Llanberis 11 mls (18kms)
Day 3: Llanberis to Pen-y-Groes 12 mls (19kms)
Day 4: Pen-y-Groes to Trefor 11 mls (18kms)
Day 5: Trefor to Towyn 13 mls (21kms)
Day 6: Towyn to Mynydd Mawr 13 mls (21kms)
Day 7: Mynydd Mawr to Aberdaron 5 mls (8kms) & boat to Bardsey Island
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