The Wales Coast Path is dotted with some wonderfully evocative Welsh place names. Welsh descriptions of coastal features are fascinating, and many of the names date back two thousand years or more. Understanding what they mean gives an added depth to walking the landscape, and helps bring it alive.

Many place names along the Welsh coast are unusual, magical or tell an ancient story. Examples include Porth meudwy, or ‘port of the hermits’ and Carreg y defaid or ‘sheep rock’ on the Llyn Peninsula, and Carn Pen Beri, or ‘Kite’s Head Rock’, and Trwyn Cynddeiriog or ‘Furious Point’ in Pembrokeshire.

For a full explanation of Welsh place names along the coast, see Understanding Welsh Place Names by Gwili Gog, published by Northern Eye Books —