Hell’s Mouth and Mynydd Cilan

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Serious surfers. 

Hell’s Mouth, or Porth Neigwl, is a huge beach in the south-western corner of the peninsula. Unlike Porth Towyn, where we spend much of our time on these trips, Hell’s Mouth is exposed to the prevailing westerlies and has Proper Surf and is therefore patronised by Proper Surfers. We were there for a walk, on a very windy day. At the sight of the large rollers, B’s eyes lit-up. Next time we visit, we’ll have to come back and let him play in the waves. To be fair, he’s not the only one who will enjoy it.

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Happy Hikers.

For today though, we were making a circuit on the breezy headland of Mynydd Cilan.

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Hell’s Mouth.

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A hardy Painted Lady – I’m not sure how butterflies cope with the winds.

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The hill on the far side of the bay is Mynydd Rhiw. One for a future trip.

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Carn Fadryn and Garn Bach on the right.

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At some point, we managed to get a little of the beaten path and found ourselves bashing through bracken and prickly low-growing gorse. Somebody, I think it was TBH, practically stepped on a snake. Sadly, I didn’t see it, so no photograph, I’m afraid.

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I may have missed the snake, but I did spot this little chap, hurrying across the sand as we were almost back to our charabancs. I think this is the caterpillar of the Fox Moth. I’ve seen them before in the hills – for example in Greenburn Bottom after climbing Helm Crag, or on Rolling End more than 10 years ago now. But apparently they are very widespread and coastal grasslands are another of their favoured habitats.

Hell’s Mouth and Mynydd Cilan

7 thoughts on “Hell’s Mouth and Mynydd Cilan

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      I didn’t realise that there was a Hell’s Mouth in Cornwall – but now that I do, and I’ve looked at some images online, I want to go there.

  1. An odd day of weather as I recall, very overcast at first then clear and sunny always with a fierce wind. I’m in for some surfing at Hells Mouth when we next visit. Lots of great videos of surf kayaking there on YouTube. You need to choose your paths carefully on the Llyn though. We tried a route taking in Mynydd Rhiw and had some very prickly moments and non-existent paths.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Gorse seem to particularly thrive on the Llyn. I shall have a look for the surfing videos. B will be made up if we go there next year. Thinking about it, he would adore surf kayaking!

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