Mynydd Anelog and the Whistling Sands

A short Gwynedd walk that includes a section of the Wales Coast Path along the northern coast of the Lleyn Peninsula. For many the highlight will be the beautiful beach of Whistling Sands.

Technical sheet
No. 293321
A Aberdaron walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 05/07/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h35[?]
Distance Distance : 7.24km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 174m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 180m
Highest point Highest point : 157m
Lowest point Lowest point : 16m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Aberdaron
Starting point Starting point : N 52.832127° / W 4.723144°
Download : -
From summit of Anelog


(D/A) The start is the small car park (grid ref. SH166295) used for access to the fine beach at Whistling Sands. After parking walk south back towards the lane used for access to the car park and turn right. Continue along the lane past Carreg on your right. If you feel energetic then a short diversion to the top of Mynydd Carreg with its fine viewpoint is worth the extra time.

(1) Continue along the lane to reach a T-junction (grid ref. SH162283) at Capel Carmel. Almost opposite and just to the left of the building facing you, follow the signed footpath across a number of fields. The path becomes a wider track, passes Gors on your right to reach a lane (grid ref. SH156273). Turn right along the lane and then take the track on your left. Just after the last house on your left the path enters open country.

(2) Continue walking south towards a house surrounded by a wall. Keep the house and wall on your left and continue towards a gate in a wall (grid ref. SH154270). Do not go through the gate, instead turn right and follow the path alongside the wall (wall to your left). At the wall corner continue straight ahead to reach a wide grassy path. You can either continue straight ahead and follow the path across the summit of Mynydd Anelog or bear right onto a wide grassy path that crosses the eastern flank of this hill. Assuming you have opted to take the wide grassy path continue walking until you reach a wall corner just past some buildings (grid ref. SH150274).

(3) You have now joined the Wales Coast Path. Turn north and follow the broad path/track through a gate. Reaching a junction, walk left and follow the sinuous track until the Wales Coast Path bears left off the track (grid ref. SH152280). Continue following the Wales Coast Path for about 1.5 miles. The path is generally easy to follow with the sea to your left.

(4) At Porthorion you cross a footbridge. Do not take the path down to the shore instead follow the path ahead that runs parallel to the wall along the cliff tops. Eventually you reach the southern end of the beach at Whistling Sands. Here you turn inland and the car park where you started is a short way along the track(D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 38m
1 : km 1.43 - alt. 62m - Capel Carmel
2 : km 2.88 - alt. 87m - Continue to the south
3 : km 3.75 - alt. 140m - Wales Coast Path
4 : km 5.32 - alt. 35m - Cross the footbridge
D/A : km 7.24 - alt. 37m

Useful Information

This Gwynedd walk explores a section of the north coast of the Lleyn Peninsula using quiet country lanes, footpaths and a section of the Wales Coast Path. Generally navigation is easy although some care is required near Mynydd Anelog where the assistance of a detailed map would be useful.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.92/5
Number of opinions : 4
Description quality : 4.75/5
Routemap quality : 5/5
Walk interest : 5/5

on Mon 28 Jun 2021 15:14:11 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 24/06/21
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Great walk we parked in the free car park a little further on from whistling sands and at the end cut in and over the viewpoint mynydd careg an old jasper quarry and back down into car park. Fairly easy to work out fantastic coastal views a bit of everything

on Mon 27 Jul 2020 19:36:42 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 26/07/20
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

First part is road so not so great. The fields are fine except we felt the need to divert from the route when faced with entering a field full of very inquisitive young cattle. Having once been chased by such a herd I couldn’t risk it again. The Mynydd Angelog is good but the coastal part of this walk is absolutely lovely and quite gentle with great coastal views. The beach at Whistling sands looked lovely although we didn’t go on it. Altogether a good walk.

on Mon 23 Jul 2018 15:49:52 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 22/07/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

A wonderful walk, with fantastic scenery in a quieter corner of Wales. Worth the drive and a nice cafe towards the end too.

on Wed 13 Jun 2018 16:23:57 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 13/06/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Fabulous walk - little uninspiring at first along the road but Mynydd Angelog is fabulous - recommend you go to top rather than skirting the east side - not much effort and very well worthwhile for the 360 deg view from the top

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