Maentwrog, Snowdonia, North Wales
  • Maentwrog is a picturesque Welsh village with traditional stone built cottages alongside the river Dwyryd. Situated in the Vale of Ffestiniog, it is in an area of outstanding natural beauty and is well placed to explore both the mountains of Snowdonia and the beaches on Llŷn Peninsula and southern Snowdonia. It is close to a multitude of attractions such as Zip World and Bounce Below, at the Llechwedd Slate Caverns. Tan Y Bwlch station on the Ffestiniog Railway line is nearby, as is Plas Tan y Bwlch, the former the home of the wealthy Oakley mining family and currently the Snowdonia National Park Environmental Studies centre.

    There are two good places to eat in the village - The Grapes and the Oakley Arms.

    You’re spoilt for choice for walks from the village. You can either go into the mountains, or along the coast, or through the lush green countryside and woods to the two waterfalls Rhaeadr Du and Raven Falls.

    Legend has it that the village took its name from Tyrog’s Stone, a giant who hurled a boulder from the top of the hill into the village where it destroyed a pagan altar. The stone lies in the courtyard of St Tyrogs Church, named after the 6th Century British Saint. Apparently, if you rub against the stone you’ll be fated to return to the village in the future.

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