If you are a sporty person, the Llŷn Peninsula has much to offer – surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, white water rafting, sailing, fishing, rock climbing, golf, horse riding, cycling and mountain biking are all within easy reach of Gors-lŵyd. You will need to go home for a rest!!
The Llŷn Peninsula is a stunning coastline all of which is within a 30 minute drive from Gors-lŵyd, so it’s only natural that there is a whole host of water sports to enjoy…
The 50miles of coastline offers a great opportunity for surfing. Board hire as well as surfing lessons/instruction or surfing with a guide are available in Abersoch. Popular beaches for surfing are Abersoch, Porth Neigwl (Hells Mouth), Porth Ceiriad and Aberdaron.
There is also Surf Snowdonia – a purpose-built surfing centre in Snowdonia. The 300 metre surf lagoon offers a great opportunity for all the family to have a go at surfing in a safe environment. Surf Snowdonia is in Dolgarrog, Conwy. It is recommended to pre-book your activities.
KAYAKING & PADDLE BOARDING
Explore the beautiful coastline by kayak or paddle board! Kayaks can be hired via Llŷn Adventures (who are based 5 minutes away in Llanaelhaearn). They will deliver the kayaks to a variety of beaches. Wetsuits, buoyancy aid, helmet and paddle are all included in the hire cost. Hire is also available from Abersoch Sailing School.
WHITE WATER RAFTING
Located in Bala, the National White Water Centre is a great action-packed day out. Descend the rapids in a raft or go canyoning – where you scramble, climb, swim and slide down the gorge rapids!
Pwllheli is home to the Welsh National Sailing Academy in the new Plas Heli building. There are several sailing events held here throughout the year. You can also hire a dinghy from Abersoch Sailing School. They also offer sailing courses and powerboat courses. Visiting boats can be berthed in the multi-million pound marina in Pwllheli. Berthing is also available in Porthmadog. Gors-lwyd has plenty of secure parking for small boats and trailers.
Fishing around the Llŷn Peninsula is popular – fishing charters can be taken from Pwllheli or Abersoch. Shore fishing takes place at several beaches; Pwllheli, Abererch, Black Rock Sands or Aberdaron to name a few. Small boats can be launched at several locations – a launching fee will apply. Pwllheli has a good fishing tackle shop which also supplies bait. Game fishing lakes, rivers and reservoirs – Afon Erch Pwllheli, Gardolbenmaen, Trawsfynydd. Course fishing is available locally in Pencaenewydd, Criccieth and Porthmadog. Permits are available at the tackle shop in Pwllheli.
A few different adventure companies offer guided rock climbing in the Llŷn Peninsula and Snowdonia. There are taster sessions for the inexperienced or more challenging sessions for the more seasoned climber. Llŷn Adventures based in Llanaehaearn and Boulder Adventures in Llanberis are two of the most popular companies with qualified guides.
There are 6 golf courses within a 20 minute drive from Gors-lŵyd. There is Nefyn and District Golf Club (an amazing cliff-top course – pictured above), Abersoch Golf Club, Criccieth Golf Club, Pwllheli Golf Club, Porthmadog Golf Club and Llyn Golf at Penrhos.
What an amazing way to enjoy the beauty of the Llŷn Peninsula! Several riding centres are dotted around this area. Cilan Riding Centre is on the outskirts of Abersoch and their rides are all off-road. They offer rides along the Cilan Headland where you will enjoy coastal views of Porth Neigwl (Hells Mouth), Bardsey Island, Cardigan Bay and Snowdonia. There is also the renowned Pen Llŷn Stud and Riding Centre in Llaniestyn where they have facilities for dressage, jumping, hacking and schooling.
CYCLING & MOUNTAIN BIKING
Many cycle routes for all abilities run all over the Llŷn Peninsula. There are challenging mountain bike routes and leisurely routes for all the family along lakes and country lanes. There is the newly opened Brailsford Way opened by Sir Dave Brailsford. These two routes of 50 miles and 75 miles are on smooth roads which are well sign posted. Visit Snowdonia have seven family-friendly routes to download, these routes are mainly traffic free and run along disused railway lines and lakesides. There is also the UK’s largest mountain bike trail centre at Coed y Brenin. Set in a huge forest, there are an array of trails of varying difficulties, a bike shop, repair shop, restaurant and showers. Walker’s routes are also at the centre so all the family can enjoy the day out if not everyone is a cyclist!