One of my favourite places on the Llyn Peninsular is the little coastal village of Aberdaron.
It's here you will find the church on the beach
St Hywyn's church is such a peaceful place to be
If it is warm outside it is beautifully cool inside
I like the light coming through this window which overlooks the sea
Inside the church is a cairn of stones from the beach. You can collect a stone from the beach, inscribe it with the name of someone dear to you and leave it on the cairn. On the last Sunday in October they are returned to the sea - the full story of the cairn is - here
Next to the cairn are tombstones, dating from the 6th century, of two early Christian priests. Again the full story is - here.
When we set out from Aberdunant in the morning, calling at Abersoch on the way, the weather was dull and cloudy. By the time we reached Aberdaron the sun had come out and the sky was blue.
From the beach you can see across to Bardsey Island - Ynys Enlli
an historic place of pilgrimage and also a well known bird observatory.
Aberdaron has a stunning beach which is wonderful to walk along and there are many more walks in the area.
The last time we visited Aberdaron, which was in the pouring rain, we had a lovely meal in the little cafe above. Y Gegin Fawr used to be a communal kitchen where pilgrims to Bardsey island could seek a meal before continuing their journey. This visit the sun was shining and we had food with us and we found a wonderful place, steeped in history, to eat our picnic. I'll tell you more in my next 'Welsh' post.