SH1629 : Porthor

taken 10 years ago, near to Methlem, Gwynedd, Great Britain

Porthor
Porthor
Normally, and incorrectly, mapped and signposted as Porth Oer or Porthoer, the correct name for the bay is Porthor, "The Gatekeeper", presumably from the protective rocky headland which provides shelter from the westerly winds.
The English name, Whistling Sands, reputedly refers to the sound made by the large-grained sand when walked on, though the sound is more of a crunching noise. Crunching Sands would have a lot less draw for tourists, though.
The ugly building to the left of the access is the cafe which predates the acquisition of the bay and surroundings by the National Trust. For a view of the cafe in 1936 see LinkExternal link
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SH1629, 66 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Saturday, 16 February, 2008   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 17 February, 2008
Category
Beach   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 165 298 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:50.1123N 4:43.4992W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 165 297
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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