Posts Tagged ‘Betws y Coed’

Dau Gant a Hanner o Filltiroedd trwy Gogledd Cymru: Diwrnod 5, Rhan 1

Gorffennaf 14, 2011

Wedi derbyn llythyrau o adref, mae’r criw yn edrych o gwmpas Betws-y-Coed.  Mae nhw’n disgrifio’r dref fel ‘lle hyfryd wedi ei leoli rhwng clogwyni uchel, ei hochrau yn arw, wedi ei gwisgo gyda choed trwchus… y lle yn ffefryn gyda arlunwyr Prydeinig’.

Rheadr Ewynnol

DD/DM/1113- Llun o Rheadr Ewynnol o'r dyddiadur gwreiddiol 'Day gant a hanner o filltiroedd trwy Golgledd Cymru'

Fifth Day

Friday 10th September 1890

Betws y Coed to Capel Curig, Llanberris [Llanberis] and Bangor

We are up early and have a quiet walk by the river side, then to the post office to receive the expected letters from home which put our minds at rest.  After breakfast another stroll around the village. Betws y Coed is a lovely place at the junction of the Rivers Conway and Llwgwy [Llugwy] it is situated between high cliffs, the sides of which are rugged and clothed with dense woods, and their summits crowned with pine, the richly sylvan character of the scenery combined with the beautiful mountain torrents, make the place a great favourite of British painters.  There are some splendid Hotels here, the Waterloo Hotel is a very pretty one, near the Railway Station is an old church shaded by yew trees and used only for interments. The principal sights at Betws are the Swallow falls, the Miners bridge the fairy Glen, Conway fall etc, etc, etc. There are some fine Hotels, the Royal Oak that most modest of painters David Cox actually painted a picture for the signboard has gone through many vicissitudes including a visit to the Court of Chancery when its ownership was disputed. The signboard being valued at one thousand pounds, it may be seen at the Hotel. 

Time is now getting on, before nine we are off for Capel Curig, one mile from Betws, we come to the Miners Bridge, one of the sights of the place and the road traverses a sylvan district with the river murmuring through the woods and high timbered cliffs on every hand, a gate on the right of the road leads to the spot it is easily found by a wooden hut being placed at the entrance to the walk where a man sells photographs of the Bridge and views of locality.  The bridge is a sloping wooden structure placed from the rocks to the rocks on the level of the stream, the views up and down the river are very charming, a mile and a quarter up the road past the entrance to the Bridge we come to the Swallow Waterfall and one of the finest in Wales.  We leave our conveyance in [the] charge of the boy opposite the Hotel at the entrance to the fall and have views of the fall from the top. A lovely view it is, the fall is called from its fanciful resemblance to a swallows wing.  I and Ellis also went to the bottom of the steps to view it from there also the steps being rather steep the ladies did not venture. 

Mae Amgueddfa ac Oriel Gelf Birmingham yn dal casgliad o ddarluniau gan David Cox.  Mae bywgraffiad o David Cox ar gael ar

Gweler hefyd Casgliad Gwerin Cymru ar

Dau Gant a Hanner o Filltiroedd trwy Gogledd Cymru: Diwrnod 4, Rhan 4

Gorffennaf 7, 2011

Mae’r criw yn parhau tuag at Betws-y-Coed gan ddisgrifio’r ‘golygfeydd yn cynnwys rheadrau, creigiau, coed, glynnoedd, dyffrynoedd a phopeth dymunol’.  Mae nhw’n cyrraedd Betws-y-Coed am 4 or gloch.

Ffos Noddyn

DD/DM/1113- Llun o Ffos Noddyn o'r dyddiadur gwreiddiol 'Dau gant a hanner o filltiroedd trwy Gogledd Cymru'

We pass on down the hill and stop at the Benar View Hotel opposite where a cattle and sheep fair had just been held. After leaving here we pass on, opposite another Hotel, we find the roads blocked by some hundreds of sheep being driven form the fair.  Opposite this Hotel we see a gentleman salmon fishing, the landlord came out and being very civil volunteered the information that is was a very good place for fishing.  We proceed on our way to Betws y Coed when we passed some of the most lovely scenery in the Conway Valley it is possible to imagine, water falls, rock, trees, glens, valleys and everything lovely, we pass on to Pont y Pant station through one of the most beautiful parts of our journey, the path winds high up amongst rugged crags with the trawling stream through the narrow vale, deep below where there is barley room for the road and river, the water rushing between rocks and large boulders.  We pass under the railway arch and see the place where the Conway river issues from a narrow gauge and joins the river Lledr, we pass the Beaver toll gate on to Beaver Pool Bridge near where a lane to our right leads to the fairy glen and this glen is reached by descending some steps to the bed of the stream a secluded spot is gained amongst huge boulders and masses of rock where the whole scene presents an enchanting sight. 

Before arriving at this point we looked down from a high position on the road and saw several ladies and gentlemen fishing at a spot which was no doubt the entrance to the Glen.  We proceed over the Waterloo Bridge and arrive at Betws y Coed about 4 o’clock.  Words can not express the grandeur of the scenery between Pont y Pant and Betws, it was the most lovely place I ever saw.  We put “Tommy” up at the hotel stables and found every accommodation at the pretty residence of Miss E Jones Pont y Pair house in the Old Roman Bridge of Pont y Pair and we were soon provided with an excellent tea. The scene from the sitting room window was most lovely (the house is better shewn by the photograph of the two bow and windowed house on page)  Our first duty was to telegraph home for letters to be sent on at once as we felt anxious to hear from home for the first time since we started.  We sat on the rocks by the river side watching the trout frisking about in the river stream below.  The Queen of Romania paid a visit to Betws y Coed only yesterday so we were a day to late to see Her Majesty.  After a stroll round the place we got to bed pretty early in order to prepare for the next days journey.