Morfa Nefyn, LLyn Peninsula
Morfa Nefyn had been on the list of places we needed to visit whilst on our holiday at Gwynfryn Farm, just outside Pwhelli. A number of friends and colleagues had suggested we visit so we put it on the ‘Must Do’ list. We didn’t know where we were going or what we were going to find, but we had heard rumour of a golf club we needed to park in. So we set off at about 9.30am in the direction of Nefyn, saw a sign for the golf club and drove into the car park. The enterprising golf club charges £5 for you to park your car. We pulled up, got out and couldn’t see any sign of a beach. What to do!
We asked the locals how far the walk was to the beach and they looked at our three girls 3, 2 and 2. Saw we had no buggy and blanched a little. It’s ‘about’ 15-20 minutes down that path they pointed. We set off, and to be honest I was quite apprehensive. How good could this beach be. In typical fashion, one of the girls fell over in the car park, grazed her knee and started crying. The second fell over two minutes later as we started the walk through the golf course. We had about 3 bags each (alright maybe only 1 each) but I very nearly gave up!
The problem was that I couldn’t even see the beach. I didn’t have anything to aim for. Every corner we turned was just another bit of path. To be honest, in the end, it really didn’t take that long, it probably took the 20 minutes we were told it would, but I was very relieved when we saw the path leading down to the beach. We just needed to remember that the car was 20 minutes away when it came to go home. No waiting until the girls were desperate to leave or we would never manage the walk back carrying them (and a bag each!).
The beach itself is well worth the walk. It is a lovely clean beach with shells and is perfect sand for castle building. The sea is calm and perfect for paddling in. Our only issue was we couldn’t find any feathers to act as a flag for the castle Grandad and Grandma built! The girls compromised with a flower.
What sets this beach apart is the pub (and the fact there is toilets – we do after all have toddlers!). Sitting right there on the beach is the Ty Coch Inn. Serving countless types of beer and lager, what looked like great food (we had a picnic in one of the many bags) and really good coffee.
It was wonderful to watch the girls play in the sea and in the sand, whilst sipping a hot latte in a glass mug and drinking a pint of beer! They obviously trust the clientele. No chips and plastic glasses here.
We had a really really good time. It was fabulous weather which definitely helped, but the girls just seemed to love pottering around on the beach. However at the first sign of this:
we set off on the walk back to the car. The girls set off singing ‘The Grand Old Duke of York’ with Grandma and Grandad and we were actually back to the car in no time. As we looked back we could even see the beach, it had just been in a different direction to where we were looking.
If we went again we would probably park at the National Trust car park that we spotted on our way back. You can get down to the beach much quicker from there and as the grandparents are National Trust members they could park for free. It is still a long hike across the beach to the pub if you want to get there, but you could easily do Morfa Nefyn without visiting the pub. If you want to park in this car park turn right when you see this cafe on the road towards the golf club: