Visit Trawsfynydd and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Trawsfynydd, Gwynedd, may well have got its name from the ancient road that crosses the hills here from Dolgellau to Maentwrog and the North. For it means That Which Spans the Mountain; and the road is very ancient. The one you follow today goes straight as an arrow and almost due South to North across the moorland of Crawcwellt and Pennant-lliw. A little to the East of the modern highway and parallel with it lies the track of the Sam Helen that was the road of the Romans. Below the Mynydd Bach, a small eminence you leave on your right as you come to Trawsfynydd from Dolgellau, are the standing stones that signposted the route, and on the left, 1½ miles below the Trawsfynydd lake, is another close to the roadside.
The town is small and ranks its houses narrowly on a steep hill; grey and reflective, it seems to enshrine the poet whose memorial stands at the centre of the place. It is Hedd Wyn who is commemorated there, shown shirted with rolled sleeves and gaitered as he was in life. He was a shepherd, and he put into his verse the mountains and the marshes, the wild and restless creatures, and the unstirring crags about him. The white peace of the mists that hang about these hills, and that were so much the companions of his daily life, was what he chose for his “fig enw”, the adopted name that in Wales is so much more often the one a man is known by than any he has on official registers. His memorial was set up and unveiled in 1923. The National Fisteddfod of Wales was held in Birkenhead in 1917, and, by custom, the winning poem was there announced and the successful bard called to take the chair and the crown. But there was no answer to the summons. In the previous July, Hedd Wyn had been killed in the fields of Flanders.
The work of modern technologies has considerably affected the region round Trawsfynydd. The great reservoir by which the town stands, and the sight of which dominates the approach by road, is a drowned valley of great richness and, over 2 miles long and wide, was in the 1930s expected to hold the largest amount of water of any such place in Wales. What were hill-peaks are now a few scattered islands; but the lake is of very great beauty and is an irresistible invitation to anglers. Its main purpose, however, is to supply power to the Maentwrog hydro-electric station with a capacity of 24,000 kW. from the reservoir's 1,200,000,000 cu. ft of water.
East of Trawsfynydd rise the Arennig heights, lying southwards as you leave the village for Dolgellau, and mounting to 2,800 ft. At Ganllwyd, a small place met with on that route, a bridge over the Eden river marks the entrance to the upper valley of the Mawddach, now deep under the trees planted by the Forestry Commission — pine, spruce, larch, fir. Through these a rough road leads to what may have attracted the attention of the Romans to this district, an old gold-mine. It is from here that the Sam Helen can be found, and the way taken back on foot to Trawsfynydd through bare moors framed by the shoulders of Rhinog and Arennig, and further to the Tomeny Mur, the old Roman station and, later, temporary Norman strong-point, the relics of which can be seen at Harlech.
Llyn Tryweryn, some way due East of Trawsfynydd, is beautifully set in the Prysor valley. George Borrow was told it could yield trout of at least 50 lb. We must remember that he had this information during conversation at an inn near Rhyd-y-Fen.
Nearby towns: Bala, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Dolgellau, Harlech, Porthmadog
Nearby villages: Beddgelert, Ffestiniog, Llanbedr, Llanddwywe, Llandecwyn, Llanenddwyn, Llanfachreth, Llanfair, Llanfrothen, Maentwrog, Minffordd, Penmachno, Penrhyndeudraeth, Portmeirion, Talsarnau, Tan-y-Bwlch, Tanygrisiau, Tremadog
Have you decided to visit Trawsfynydd or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Trawsfynydd bed and breakfast (a Trawsfynydd B&B or Trawsfynydd b and b)
- a Trawsfynydd guesthouse
- a Trawsfynydd hotel (or motel)
- a Trawsfynydd self-catering establishment, or
- other Trawsfynydd accommodation