One can only imagine the fear of an ancient mariner, being drawn into the jaws of Hell itself, his vessel being battered by storms, a south westerly gale, anchors dragging in the sand, awaiting certain destruction, perhaps death; no wonder this bay became known as Hells Mouth. Over the years, thirty or so vessels have met their doom at this very spot, attestation to the fury of Mother Nature when aroused. Yet, on a calm day, a prettier sight cannot be imagined, a perfect crescent of sand and clear blue sea.
Nowadays visitors come for the surf, and yearn for the swell. Nearly four miles long and facing south west, Hells Mouth or Porth Neigwl is considered by many to be the best surf beach in Wales. Word soon gets out when conditions are right, and surfers come from all over the UK to take to the waters, sample the waves and party into the evening.
The beach itself is mainly sand, with some rocks, backed by cliffs and sand-dunes and due to its size, Hells Mouth beach rarely becomes crowded. You do however need to be a strong swimmer to enjoy the water.
The nearby village of Llanengan has a pretty 15th century church, firmly situated on the Pilgrims Trail, and a pub serving food. Abersoch is just two and a half miles away, with plenty of accommodation, bars, restaurants and surf shops.