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About Ty Gwydyr and Dolgarrog...

Dolgarrog is a village in Snowdonia, North Wales. The village is bounded by the Afon (River) Ddu to the south, the Afon Porth-llwyd to the north, and the Conwy to the east.

Ty Gwydyr, our newly built holiday home in the Snowdonia National Park, faces west toward the woodlands of the Coed Dolgarrog National Nature Reserve on the lower slopes of Moel Eilio. The view from the bedroom over looks the beautiful Conwy Valley, and across to the hills of Cadair Ifan Goch.

Dolgarrog Myths and Legends :

It is claimed that the village was established around 1200AD. The name Dolgarrog was given after a flying dragon named Y Carrog. This mythical creature would fly down into the meadow of Dol-y-Carrog and prey on livestock. The local farmers lost so many sheep that they went with spears, bows and arrows to kill the dragon. A dream warned one of the farmers, Nico Ifan, not to pursue the dragon, as Y Carrog would result in his death. A poisoned sheep carcass was placed across the river in the heights above Eglwysbach. Y Carrog, unsuspicious, snatched the bait and was caught and pounded to death. Nico Ifan later approached the dragon to revel in its death. The farmer kicked the dragon piercing his leg on the Carrog's poisoned barbed wing, executing his death as warned in his dream.

The Cadair Ifan Goch viewpoint is situated just 1 mile east of Dolgarrog station and local legend has it that Cadair Ifan Goch (English: Chair of Red John) was once the seat of the mythical giant, Ifan Goch. Ifan Goch would sit on the rock and bathe his feet in the Conwy River below. The rocky hilltop offers superb views of the Conwy Valley and the eastern Carneddau mountains.

Walks and other activities :

Dolgarrog is located in the heart of the beautiful Conwy Valley and is situated within easy access of numerous picturesque walks, lakes and mountains. The nearby Drum and Tal y Fan peaks are 2,526 feet and 2,001 feet respectively and make suitable hills for inexperienced hill walkers to claim "I climbed my first mountain". The Afon Ddu, running slightly to the south of Dolgarrog (a half mile from the village) provides the venue for a Gorge Walk. The full gorge walk is conducted by specialist activity and adventure centres including the Tanrallt Mountain Centre and is a challenging day out, scrambling up waterfalls, jumping into plunge pools and wriggling through coves. (Tanrallt Centre, Tanrallt, Llanllyfni, Tel: 01286 881724).

2.5 miles south is the village of Trefriw, the Gwydyr Forest and the scenic lakes of Llyn Crafnant and Llyn Geirionydd. The Twin Lakes Walks offer some of the most picturesque views in Snowdonia.

The Gwydyr forest (from which Ty Gwydyr is named after) is situated in the heart of the breathtaking scenery of the Snowdonia national park and is the home of the Marin Mountain Bike Trail which covers a distance of 15miles. The Marin Trail, leaves from Gwydyr Uchaf and Sawbench car parks, a couple of miles north of Betws-y-Coed, and due west of Llanrwst. Alternatively you can explore the hundreds of km of fire road trails yourself. Whichever you choose, cascading waterfalls, crystal clear lakes, awe inspiring mountain vistas and forgotten river valleys deep in the Gwydyr forest provide a stunning scenic backdrop.

A bit of History :

The Dolgarrog Dam Disaster is etched deep into the memory of the people of North Wales and the Conwy Valley. In 1925 the failure of two dams released a huge volume of water that swamped the village killing 16 people. The disaster was started by the failure of the Eigiau Dam, a small dam which flooded the Coedty Dam. Huge boulders and other debris were strewn about the village and the boulders can still be seen at the northern end of the village.

Today it is a pleasant, albeit rather steep, walk alongside the banks of the Afon Porth-llwyd to the Eigiau Reservoir among the hills of the Carneddau mountain range.

Travel and Amenities :

Pubs and restaurants can be found on both the east and west banks of the River Conwy. The B5106 road runs through the village from Conwy through to Betws y Coed while the busier A470 road runs along the east bank of the Conwy from Betws y Coed through to Glan Conwy Corner and the A55 expressway.

The scenic Conwy Valley Railway offers a pleasant alternative to the car with the Dolgarrog Railway Station (an unstaffed halt and request stop) just a half mile from Ty Gwydyr. Leave the car at your holiday home and let the train take the strain. Take a trip to the seaside at Llandudno with its two glorious beaches and wide Victorian promenade. Visit the medieval walled town of Conwy with its World Heritage Site of Conwy Castle. Or head up the Conwy Valley to the hills of Snowdonia. Do a bit of train hopping and you can stop off at the pleasant inland resort of Betws y Coed with its pleasant riverside walks, mountain trails and an abundance of restaurants and bars. Or continue through to Dolwyddelan with its historic Church and Castle, once home to Llewelyn the Great, Prince of Wales. Travel to the end of the line and visit the "Slate capital of the world" the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog with its fascinating underground tours of the massive slate caverns.

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