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Trefor

Trefor
Trefor is located in Gwynedd
Trefor
 Trefor shown within Gwynedd
Principal area Gwynedd
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
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EU Parliament Wales
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Quarry at Trefor, 1956

Trefor is a village on the north coast of the Llŷn Peninsula in Gwynedd, Wales. Its population, with nearby Llanaelhaearn is 1,560.

Location and amenities

Trefor is 9 miles north from Pwllheli and 13 miles south west from Caernarfon. It is surrounded by the sea and mountains, overlooking the Caernarfon bay.

Overlooking Trefor village and beach

Located just off the main A499 road, Trefor has a small harbour and a beach with some sand. At the top of the beach is an emergency telephone to summon help in the event of a maritime emergency. The land behind the beach is made of boulder clay deposited during the last glaciation, and is being slowly eroded by the sea.

Rising steeply behind the village is Yr Eifl and its neighbouring hills. A granite quarry, 'Trefor granite quarry' or the Yr Eifl quarry opened there in 1850. The industrial narrow gauge railwayTrefor Quarry railway—opened in 1865 and brought rock from the quarry to the coast, but was gradually replaced by road transport and was finally closed in 1960. Trefor granite is used to make curling rocks.[1] There is one school in Trefor, a primary school called Ysgol yr Eifl.

Yr Eifl is a range of three tall hills that dominate the skyline above Trefor. Tre'r Ceiri, the second highest of the hills has on one the best examples of a stone age or Neolithic settlement on its summit in Europe. Views from the summits, on a clear day, extend to Ireland, the whole of Cardigan Bay, Anglesey, Snowdonia, and the northern mountains of England. The centre peak, and tallest at 564 metres (1,850 ft), is called Garn Ganol; the most seaward, and smallest peak, is Garn For, which is home to the quarry.

There is a football club in Trefor, which was re-established in the 2000–01 season. It has won one cup in its history, in the 2001–02 season.

There are two retail outlets in Trefor: a village shop which opens between 7.00 am and 7.00 pm Monday to Friday with shorter hours at the weekend, and a post office. To the north end of the village is a children's play area that includes baby and older swings, a climbing frame, bouncy fish and duck, see-saw and rocking horse. It is possible to go on a pushchair-friendly circular walk, starting at the play area, down to the beach, across the headland and back into the village again.

Visitors can surf the other side of the harbour wall at Trefor. It can be a nice left hand point over a stony reef thrown off the headland. There is a small pier next to the harbour; it has been deemed unsafe so is currently closed to the public.

References

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External links

  • Photos of Trefor and surrounding area on www.geograph.co.uk
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