Ty Cerrig is well placed for exploring all parts of the beautiful Llyn Peninsula, its mountains and beaches and the surrounding areas; including Cardigan Bay and the resort of Porthmadog, Anglesey or further afield in North Wales.
The immediate local area is a contrast of mountain and coast where the Snowdonia range meets the coastal Llyn Peninsula. Take a mile-long beach walk to Aberdesach with a detour to St. Beuno’s Well famed for its healing properties. If you are feeling more energetic at Llanaelhaearn just off the road to Nefyn ascend Yr Eifl to Tre’r-Ceiri (town of the fortresses) a series of well-preserved settlements from the Iron Age with panoramic views of the surrounding area. If that sounds too strenuous, take a car ride up the beautiful Nantlle Valley to Rhyd-Ddu and have lunch in the Cwellyn Arms on the road to Beddgelert and in the shadow of Snowdon.
North Wales of course is famed for its castles, trains and Celtic churches. A number of Welsh and English built castles are scattered throughout the area, reminders of the often less than harmonious living between our island nations in centuries gone by. Edward 1 was the great English castle builder with fine examples at Conwy, Caernarfon, Beaumaris and Harlech. Good Welsh examples can be found at Criccieth and Dolwyddelan: whilst Penrhyn Castle is a nineteenth century rework of the earlier efforts built using the vast wealth earned from the local slate industry.
This part of Wales is home to the ‘little railways’ or narrow-gauge railways. Close by are the branches of the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway, whilst further afield is the Talyllyn Railway. All offer journeys through spectacular countryside. Rather than walking to the summit, you might want to travel up Snowdon on the Snowdon Mountain Railway an experience not to be missed. Other options include the two regular railway routes which offer picturesque views. Try the Conwy Valley route or take a trip from Pwllheli through to Barmouth along the coast.
The long distance Llyn Pilgrims Trail runs close to the cottage as it wends its way from Holywell to Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli - the Island of 20,000 saints). St. Beuno’s Church is the grandest church on the trail but scattered throughout the Llyn are quaint churches which served the weary traveller offering shelter and spiritual sustenance. Examples include Pistyll, Llanwynnadl and Aberdaron - the crossing place for Bardsey.
If you are a golf enthusiast then you might want to try some of the Llyn and surrounding area courses. Highly recommended is the Nefyn Golf Club coastal links course at Porthdinllaen. For the more daring, take a rib boat ride up the Menai Straits or sample one of the many zip wire or quad bike activity centres.
Not to be missed is the Italianate model village of Portmeirion or a trip to the Llechwedd Slate Caverns. Llandudno offers some retail therapy and a traditional Victorian seaside resort complete with pier and the Great Orme headland. For something different try the Electric Mountain.