Visit Corris and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Corris, Gwynedd. There are two Corrises, Upper Corris and Corris. The latter is reached by the Roman road past Plas Llwyngwern and Esgairgeiliog. Of the two, Corns itself is clearly the older. The name may be no more than a breaking-down into Welsh pronunciation of the English “quarries”, for the taking of slate has been from the beginning the chief factor in the life of both villages. But to dismiss the lower Corns as a relatively modern village would no doubt be wrong. The superior value of Welsh slate was recognized in Roman (as in Renaissance) times; and the Roman road may have sought out this remote corner of the world not only to link the Dovey with the Dysynni but also to cart slates from the outcrops on these hills.
Corns repays a visit, preferably by this same Roman road; from there the valley looks its best. Old houses lead to the bridge, perhaps even older; all are built of the local slate. The main street lies deeply below the more modern highway that rises to Upper Corns. But it is from Corns itself that you can see the curiously sited cemetery, climbing the ravine of the upper Dulas, its tombstones terraced against the hill-fall and seeming embedded among the scattered houses.
The turn towards Tal-y-llyn is made at the very sharp corner by the old inn. Here, high above the valley-level, is the war memorial, which was once occupied as a point of ambush by an old farmer expert in the local craft of making rush baskets and platters; for over these marshy slopes the rushes grow in green profusion, and even whips can be made from them by plaiting. This ancient gentleman, at the dangerous curve in the road, would hold motorists to ransom, forcing upon them the sale of his admittedly excellent wares. The road goes on, rising steadily between piles of slate-spoil for several miles, the run of rails and work-sheds lying to one side and, a little later, the rows of quarrymen's cottages firmly retaining their structure of 150 years. Here and there stand the inevitable chapels, though one of them has disappeared. Against the sheer hill-sides that lead to the Taren range, the spoil-stacks reach a considerable height, and their position is precarious. One night of storm and flood a generation ago loosened the piled slates, and they fell upon the village. There was no disaster such as more recently overwhelmed Aberfan; but one of the holy places remains buried beneath the slide with a lone ash tree growing sparsely above it.
At last the road opens to green fields and comfortable farms; the lake of Tal-y-llyn lies gleaming to one side, the giant shoulders of Cader Idnis fill the forward horizon, and the long pull to Cross Foxes and Dolgellau begins. As you take this steady climb, cast an eye into the valley on the left, skirting the eastward thrust of Cader Idris. A green track, surviving long enough to be marked with telegraph poles and still serving the uses of the scattered farms, marks the way that Mary Jones in 1800 marched to get her Bible.
Nearby towns: Barmouth, Dolgellau, Machynlleth, Tywyn
Nearby villages: Aber Cywarch, Aberangell, Aberdovey, Abergynolwyn, Aberllefenni, Arthog, Bryn-crug, Capel Arthog, Cemmaes Road, Cross Foxes, Darowen, Dinas Mawddwy, Dylife, Eglwys Fach, Esgairgeiliog, Llanaber, Llanbrynmair, Llancynfelyn, Llanegryn, Llanelltyd, Llanfachreth, Llanfihangel-y-Pennant, Llanwrin, Llanymawddwy, Mallwyd, Pandy, Pantperthog, Penegoes, Pennal, Pennant, South Beach, Staylittle, Tal-y-Llyn
Have you decided to visit Corris or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Corris bed and breakfast (a Corris B&B or Corris b and b)
- a Corris guesthouse
- a Corris hotel (or motel)
- a Corris self-catering establishment, or
- other Corris accommodation