Situated on the Wales coastal path section of Cardigan Bay, Llwyngwril village falls within the Snowdonia National Park, which preserves the beauty and tranquillity here. Many people return to the village because of the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere and the pure air.
The name Llwyngwril translates to Gwril’s Grove, named after a lowland giant called Gwril. His cousin, the mountain giant Idris, sat on the nearby 2,923’ Cader Idris (Idris’ chair). There is a local legend that Gwril and Idris threw rocks at each other, hence the numerous local standing stones that can be found in the area. There is no such danger today, however, just a peaceful, quiet, welcoming, scenic village close to mountains, woods and the sea.
Llwyngwril has strong links with the early days of the Society of Friends movement, known as the Quakers. The Quaker Burial Ground is close to the beach and carries a date of 1646 and nearby is a house called Llwyn Du (black wood), which dates at 1137. Llwyn Du is best known as the home of the Quakers during their persecution in the 1600s, prior to them leaving Wales for America.
The river Gwril
The river Gwril cascades down the mountain, and runs through the village. It feeds a man-made channel of water, which in years gone by fed the mills in the village, and at one time powered the village with electricity. It flows finally through Hendre Farm and out onto the beach. The beach is shingle but has sand when the tide is out and is popular with surfers and canoeists. Many people have picnics on the beach and have a bonfire, and watch the spectacular sunsets. Dolphins and seals are often in the bay; dolphins playing in the water and seals, languishing on the rocks by the ancient church of Llangelynin, which dates from the 12th century. On a clear day the Llyn Peninsula and Bardsey Island are in full view across the bay.
Railways in Wales
Wales is well known for it’s steam railways and close to Llwyngwril there are two; the Talyllyn in Tywyn and the Fairbourne railway. The Talyllyn travels inland via Dolgoch Falls to Abergynolwyn and every year there is a race where runners try to beat the train on it’s journey to Abergynolwyn and back to Tywyn. The Fairbourne railway is a smaller gauge and connects to a small ferry boat to take you across the Mawddach Estuary to the town of Barmouth.
Llwyngwril is lucky enough to be serviced by the mainline Cambrian Railway which travels from Birmingham to Pwllheli, crossing the famous Barmouth Bridge, which is now part of the coastal path. It is also part of the Mawddach Railway walk, from Dolgellau to Barmouth, as televised by Julia Bradbury in her Railway Walks series.
Wales is also famous for castles and we are within reach of both Harlech and Criccieth, either by car or train. We also have a local castle ruin at Castell y Bere, near Abergynolwyn.
Place to stay: Coed Talon
Coed Talon is a small B and B, catering for up to six guests, situated in a quiet part of Llwyngwril village and just a two minute walk from the beach. We pride ourselves on providing a peaceful relaxing environment to get away from the hustle of life. We have a downstairs en-suite double room, with access to the patio. Upstairs we have a further double and a twin bedded room.
Guests have access to our garden, which has numerous seating areas, and also to our conservatory. We have a large selection of birds visiting the garden and it is a delight to watch them feeding. A footpath leads up into the hills behind the house to the glorious views across the bay and joins the newly opened coastal path. From here you can reach the Blue Lake, Creggenen Lakes and Dolgellau, as well as Cader Idris. We are a short drive to Tywyn and Aberdovey and within reach of Porthmadog and Portmeirion, famous for the cult series The Prisoner.
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