In and around the village
There are many walking routes around the village, both to the North and the South. The Wales Coastal Path follows the old Drovers road high above the village. Start the Village section at Ffordd Coleg (next to the pub) and ascend into the hills. Follow the waymarkers along the route and be amazed at the Spectacular Views.
There are often events going on in Y Ganolfan, our Community Centre. Watch out for them on the front page. Everyone is welcome, visitors and residents alike. A list of regular, weekly events can be seen here.
Take a ride on the Cambrian Coast train. A day ticket is very good value allowing you to explore the coast from Machynlleth to Pwhelli for a whole day, getting on and off as you please. Spectacular scenery and a great day out with no driving round those winding roads. Pay on the train and don’t forget to wave at the driver as Llwyngwril is a request stop.
Surfing, fishing and rock pooling are popular pastimes from the beach as well as the more traditional activities.
The village boasts many old and ancient buildings including : Bwthyn Gwyn, The first house in the village dated ……. The Garthangharad Hotel dates from 1736, The ancient church at Llangelynin, the second oldest in Wales dates from the 16th Century. The Church of St Celynnin in the village dated 1842.
Many standing stones over the mountain are the cause of much mystery. The list goes on with a wealth of listed buildings in the village.
Llwyngwril is a haven for Arts and crafts. Artists, both professional and amateur, are inspired by the surroundings and regularly exhibit their work. Dry stone walling and stone work (yes, it is everywhere) is carried out by local, skilled specialists, but, while we are talking about arts and crafts, we can’t forget our Yarn Bombers who enhance the village with their knitted characters in the summer months.
The area is a rich haven for all wildlife. Dolphins, seals and porpoises are often seen off the shore. Bird life is in abundance with Red Kites and Hen Harriers.
This area is particularly renowned for amazing scenery. The Mawddach Trail and The Dysynni Valley, together with numerous walks over Cadair Idris are just a start.
Cycling routes are also numerous around the area. Cadair Idris has many routes and The Cycling Center at Coed Y Brenin (King’s Wood) is a short drive away. There are trails for all ages and skills to enjoy.
There are RSPB Reserves nearby in the Mawddach Valley. Bird Rock is a short drive from the village, in the Dysynni Valley and believed to be the only regular inland breeding ground of the Cormorant in the UK.
There are many narrow gauge railways in the area. We have 2 close by. The Talyllyn Railway, based in Tywyn, which is the first preserved railway in the world and the Fairbourne railway which has been running for over 100 years. Both offer amazing experiences and the opportunity to fulfill childhood dreams of becoming an engine driver.
The area is littered with Lakes and Waterfalls. The Blue Lake is a hidden gem, accessed at Friog (just 2 miles away) it is a steep climb but worth the effort. It is a disused quarry and the colour comes from the minerals in the water. Cregennan Lakes are found near Arthog, (4 miles away), or follow the Coastal path over the mountain and walk there from the village. Talyllyn Lake is nearby and is well worth a visit. These are the 3 local ones but many more can be found with little effort. Drive to Dolgoch, with it’s fantastic water falls. These can also be accessed on the Talyllyn Railway. See the lower falls and then carry on up the gorge to the Upper falls. This is a must see place.
Cadair Idris is the second most popular mountain in Wales at 2,927 feet.There are many myths and legends which surround this Peak. One is that if you sleep on Cadair Idris, you will wake up as either a poet or a madman (or woman). Will you take the chance? There are numerous walking and cycling routes across the mountain.
The Mach Loop is a set of valleys, situated between Dolgellau in the north, and Machynlleth in the south (and from which it gets it’s name) which are regularly used for low level flight training, with flying as low as 250 feet from the nearest terrain. You can get really close to these fast jets on the mountain at Brithdir.
The most famous mountain in Wales is of course Mount Snowdon at 3,560 feet and this can be seen from the beach. On a clear day at the top, you can see England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. There are many paths to the summit or you can take the train in the summer. (Booking highly recommended)
There are many Castles in Wales and Harlech has a beauty. A little further and Caernarfon Castle is really interesting. It was here that Prince Charles was invested as the Prince of Wales in 1969. It is also home to the museum of the Welsh Fusiliers, who were at Rorke’s Drift fighting the Zulu, and both castles are well worth a visit.
From May, onward through the summer, You can see the Osprey raising their young at 2 locations nearby. 1 is just outside Machynlleth (Dyfi Osprey Project), close to the Ynys-hir nature reserve and the other is Near Porthmadog (Glaslyn Oprey Project)