Clynnog Fawr and North Wales: North wales cottages: We stayed in Ysgubor cottage in Clynnog Fawr. The cottage was situated half a mile from the village and up narrow lanes, half way up a hill where you could see the bay. It is very peaceful and a great place to base yourself for touring around the rest of Snowdonia and the coast. The owners also have a very friendly dog who will follow you on walks. Its the perfect place to relax and get away from it all. The pub in the village serves great food and has a friendly atmosphere. The shops are back in Caernarfon, so stock up well on food and stuff. The contrasts in the scenery really made this holiday breathtaking. A totally gorgeous beach at Pwhelli and the large mountians of the snowdonia national park. LLanbreis which is nestled at the foot of snowdon was a very beautiful place with lots of attractions such as Water sports, the electric mountin, snowdon railway and the lake railway. We personally went Kyaking and hired a kyak from Surflines at the top of the village. for £9 per person we paddled our way along the lake to get the most fantastic views. I would recommend also to visit the valleys on the A5 road, for fantasic walks and views. http://www.northwalescottages.co.uk
Clynnog Fawr is just 10 miles South of Caernarfon and is therefore classed as part of Caernarfon. I have visited Clynnog Fawr twice, the first time in October 2000 after my grandparents moved there and the second time in February 2002 to visit my grandparents once more. The first thing that struck me, after the complete remoteness of the area and the fact that there is nothing for 10 miles, was it's natural beauty. Facing Anglesey on the North Wales coastline, Clynnog Fawr is a beautiful welsh village consisting mainly of farmland, a few holiday homes, which are mainly used in the summer, and lots of open space. To one side is the sea, to the other the mountains so it is a pretty dramatic landscape. GETTING THERE Train: It is Bangor that you will have to travel to if you are planning to get to Clynnog Fawr by train. I have got the train from Liverpool to Bangor, changing at Chester, on one occasion. You're not left waiting very long for your connecting train. Coach: You can also get the coach to Bangor or Caernarfon. It does not stop in Clynnog Fawr, although it does pass extremely near by on it's way to Pwllheli. For this reason it's pretty hard to get to Clynnog Fawr unless you or a friend/relative have a car. Car: If you're driving, Clynnog Fawr is located on the A499 coast road between Caernarfon and Pwllheli. ATTRACTIONS IN CLYNNOG FAWR: Well to be honest if you like to spend your time shopping and sampling nightlife you wouldn't want to spend more than one day in Clynnog Fawr. There is a Post Office (which used to contain a shop, but alas, no more!), one proper hotel, and 2 pubs, both of which offer Bed and Breakfast facilities. There are also many holiday homes/cottages some of which you can rent. The main attraction with Clynnog Fawr though is its ancient church. The nearest shop is in Trefor, which is two miles away. Worryingly for some, the nearest takeaway i
s about 6 miles away, heading towards Caernarfon. THE CHURCH Clynnog Fawr was once a place of pilgrimage and a resting place for pilgrims who were travelling to Enlli (Bardsey). The Church is dedicated to St. Beuno, who is apparently Wales's second most revered saint after St. David. It was founded in 6l6 A.D and was originally a monastery. The present building only dates as far back as the late 1500s but believe me you can feel the age of it. Inside the church you will find curious relics such as the dog and child poker (they honestly did prod naughty children or dogs with this if they misbehaved in church!) and St.Beuno's Chest. The church is only small but very interesting. The grounds themselves are eerie with history. I could almost sense the spirits. I stayed close to my Nanna for the entire walk around the church, as I certainly didn't want to be stuck anywhere alone. Closing the huge, thick door, you can walk around the churchyard reading the old gravestones. Nearby is St. Beuno's Well where allegedly in the 18th Century a paralytic was healed. If you'd like to see the Church then take a look at this link: http://www.geocities.com/jinx85uk/clynnog.jpg THE COACH INN This is the main pub in the village and is run by a Scouse man and his family. I've eaten a pub meal here and had a few drinks of course (it would be rude not to) and I would say it is the friendliest place in the village. Whereas the "town hall" can be a bit cliquey and local, tourists are given a friendly welcome here. To be honest, it is a lot more comfortable than the town hall too so you're not missing out if you choose the Coach Inn. You'll find that most drinks are available at reasonable prices here. The food is slightly more expensive than pub food is in Liverpool but you can also get it to takeaway (to make up for the absence of takeaway restaurants in Clynnog Fawr). I
had chicken nuggets and chips with peas, which was hot and delicious and a very generous portion for about £4.50. When they say that children are welcome they're not joking. My half-brother and half-sister, aged 5 and 8 respectively, have been known to go for meals with my mum and grandparents and still be in the pub after 9pm. Because it is a hotel they're pretty relaxed about the whole thing. To stay at the Bed and Breakfast costs from £20 a night in the Winter but there is also a "Bunk House" which can accommodate up to 18 people in sleeping bags (bring your own) for just £3 a night. I have no idea what the accommodation is like because I stay just a 2-minute walk away at my grandparents' house. You can take a look at their website to see pretty pictures of the pub and the surrounding area, as well as the latest bargain deals: http://www.skypix.clara.net/complex.htm THE BRYN EISTEDDFOD COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL This was closed when I last visited but it has since reopened. My family have had meals here several times and my sister (Miss Fussy) always raves about how nice it is there. Granted it is a little more expensive than the Coach Inn but the surroundings are grander. My family tend to go for a meal here and the return to the Coach Inn later in the evening. Their restaurant boasts homemade soups and local produce. As well as a lovely restaurant it is a pretty fancy hotel, boasting AA 4 Diamonds. Prices start at £23 per person per night in a twin or double room and rise to £80 for a family suite. Prices include continental breakfast. Check the website if you would like more information about the hotel. http://www.s-h-systems.co.uk/hotels/bryneisteddfod.html THE TOWN HALL I have no idea why it's called the Town Hall, as it is just a bar with a dancefloor/function room to the rear. We went in on a Saturday night and had a little dance to the singer, w
ho was actually little more than a glorified karaoke singer really. It gets lively enough after a while but it lacks the friendly atmosphere of the Coach Inn and I think it was slightly more expensive. The Town Hall also goes down in my opinion because the poor lighting outside made me fall over (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!). By all means, try it out if you visit Clynnog Fawr. My aunt and uncle seem to enjoy the karaoke nights there so maybe I went on a bad night. THE BEACH So far I have managed to visit only when it's too cold and wet to get to the beach (it was sheer mush in October 2000) but my sister tells me it is her favourite place. She loves to sit on the pebble beach and just relax in the summer months. I'm going to make it there one of these days. THE BEAST OF CLYNNOG Local legend has it that there is a savage, dark beast, which will bite when you least expect it. Don't worry? its just Nell AKA the beast of Clynnog, or my grandparents' insane terrier. She loves pestering people and she likes nothing more than to be let loose in The Coach Inn. Unless you like having your ears or nose bitten I'd advise you avoid the Beast. PLACES TO STAY Aside from the aforementioned Coach Inn and Bryn Eisteddfod, you can also stay at: * Caernarfon Bay Farmhouse Cottages at Cil-Coed Uchaf (about half a mile from Clynnog Fawr) http://www.northwalescottages.co.uk/ Well-behaved pets are welcome (not the Beast then!) and the 3 properties sleep between 2 and 10 people. These look very nice but not exactly cheap, ranging from £160 to £700 for a week. * Bryn Yr Eryr and Tal Eryr (a 2 minute stroll from the beach at Clynnog Fawr) http://www.welshcountryholiday.co.uk/ Bryn Yr Eryr (Eagle Hill) can accommodate up to 15 people and costs from £400 to £900 for a week. Tal Eryr (Eagle River) can accommodate up to 14 people and costs from £400 to £9
00 for a week. * Bach Wen Apartments http://members.aol.com/bachwen/ The cottages can accommodate between 2 and 14 people and prices range from £145 per week at the Bakery (sleeps 2-3 people) in January 2003 to £945 per week at Cynan Farmhouse (sleeps 12-14) in August 2003. ON A TIGHTER BUDGET * Plas Gwyn Caravan Park, Llanrug Car and Caravan from £7.50 to £8.50, Motor Caravan from £7.50 to £8.50, Car and Tent from £2.50 per person, Holiday Vans from £130 per week. Tel: 01286 672619 * Riverside Camping, Seiont Nurseries, Pontrug Car and Caravan from £6 to £10, Motor Caravan from £6 to £10, Car and Tent from £3 to £9. Tel: 01286 678781 or 672524 Fax: 01286 677223 NEARBY ATTRACTIONS: - Anglesey. This goes without saying as it is so near and judging by the views from Clynnog Fawr Anglesey is also incredibly beautiful. - Airworld - an aviation museum located at Caernarfon Airparc - Segontium Roman Museum located at Llanbeblig Road, Caernarfon - Caernarfon Castle, which is also home to the Regimental Museum of the Royal Welch Fusiliers. Castle Ditch, Caernarfon. - Dolbadarn Castle in Llanberis - Glynlliffion gardens located at Clynnog Road, Llandwrog. As you can tell by the road name, this is quite near to Clynnog Fawr. - Inigo Jones & Co slate caves, Y Groeslon. For more information see: http://www.inigojones.co.uk/ - Penrhyn Castle, Bangor which is a National Trust property. See the National Trust's website for more information: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/scripts/nthandbook.dll?ACTION=PROPERTY&PROPERTYID= 140 - Porthmadog and Portmeirion (Penrhyndeudraeth) are very popular in the summer and only a short drive from Clynnog. - Head north and visit SusanLesley in her new home in Llandudno. This is the last Anglicised part of Wales as far as I'm concerned. As soon as you leave Llandudno things become increasingly remote and wild. If yo
u are going to be in the area though or you would like a quiet country holiday you really ought to visit Clynnog Fawr. I don't know about you but just looking at the pictures of Clynnog Fawr makes me want to go back there. It may be a little far from "civilisation", and yes, I did once trip over due to the poor street lighting, but Clynnog Fawr is a beautiful, peaceful place and well worth a visit.