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Dau Gant a Hanner o Filltiroedd trwy Gogledd Cymru: Diwrnod 3, Rhan 2

Mai 26, 2011

Mae teulu’r Reynolds yn disgrifio’r golygfeydd a’r wlad ar y ffordd i Y Bermo.  Wedi talu chwe cheiniog yn y tollty ym Mhenmaen-pwl, maen nhw’n disgrifio’r pwll yno ‘fel un sy’n  ddigon i wneud llygad pysgotwr ddisgleirio.’

Dolgellau a Cader Idris

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

At 10.15 we bid good bye to Dolgelly and start on our way for Barmouth, we take the lower road and on the left of the river past Bryn adder and Penmaenuchaf, here we see plenty of wood pigeons flying about and have a delightful drive to Penmaenpool Station on the Cambrian Railway. We are stopped at the toll house and the family plate is reduced to the extent of six pence before we can pass over, the view of this pool is enough to make the eye of a fisherman twinkle. Salmon, trout and other fish abound here in abundance, the place looks most lovely. I was loath to leave it, but Ellis pulls faces at “Tommy” and off we go again. Getting to the end of the bridge we turn to the left on past Borthwnog and Bryn Tirion and admire the beautiful scenery deep below us. On our left lies Penmaenpool with the lovely houses dotted here and there on its banks whilst on our right we have hills and rocks covered with trees of every description.

At various places men were engaged cutting down trees evidently to make room for villa residences. We stopped sometime getting blackberries which were very plentiful. We drive on and meet the splendid four in hand coach which runs between Dolgelly and Barmouth, we pass the Halfway House Hotel at Bont Ddu, here a lovely stream rushes down to the Mawddach forming a picturesque fall on its way, near this Hotel is a lovely dell and waterfall. On leaving the Hotel the road winds round small wooded eminences out of the sight of the water and does not return to the river until the Church and mansion of Caerdeon are left behind, then at every step the scene improves and there appears a broad expanse of the estuary with the bridge in front and Arthog village opposite, at Arthog there is a pretty waterfall. On looking up the vale the water is seen winding round jutting promontories with the Arans in the rear and the Cader Idris range opposite, one and a half miles before arriving at Barmouth the best point of view was gained, and a supremely lovely prospect it was.

Dau Gant a Hanner o Filltiroedd trwy Gogledd Cymru: Diwrnod 3, Rhan 1

Mai 19, 2011

Mae’r teithwyr yn deffro i grawcian jac y dos, ac yn ymweld ag Eglwys Dolgellau.  Ystyrir Dolgellau fel canolbwynt hyfryd ar gyfer teithiau cerdded, gyrru neu grwydro i’r ardaloedd cyfagos, e.e. Cader Idris, Aran Fawddwy, Tal y Llyn a Dinas Mawddwy.

Cynllun o Ddolgellau

DD/DM/1113- Cynllun o Ddolgellau o'r dyddiadur gwreiddiol 'Dau gant a hanner o filltiroedd trwy Gogledd Cymru'

Wednesday 17th September 1890

Dolgelly [Dolgellau] to Barmouth and Harlech

Again we are awoke by the screaming of the jackdaws flying from house to house and making a rare noise over our heads.  After breakfast we spent a short time in the Town. Cader Idris was pointed out to us by an old guide belonging to Dolgelly, on the bridge we met a lad with two fine ponies which took my attention, and I was told they belonged to Mrs Morgan of the Goldmine. The old town must have been laid out in weekly numbers the only way to describe it is by placing a decanter on the dinner table, drop a handful of nuts on the top of it and the decanter will represent the Old Church, and the nuts the houses, built anyhow and anywhere yet Dolgelly is the capital of Merionethshire and is on a main line of railway, there is nothing interesting in the town itself.

We visited the Church, an old edifice recently repaired where the curfew bell is ringed 9 o’clock in the evening to denote how many days of the month have passed.  The Rivers Mawddach and Wnion contain plenty of trout.  Dolgelly itself is a delightful centre for pleasant walks drives or rambles among the passes and hills, those who can spare time would do well to stay and explore the Cader Idris and Aaran mountain ranges, the beautiful districts round Tal y Llyn and Dinas Mawddwy. The lovely Glens of Tyn y Groes a sequestered spot about 4 miles distant in one of the most romantic and charming glens in North Wales, also the torrent walk, precipice walk and foxes path Cymer Abbey, the waterfalls the Gold Mine and Mawddach falls and other places.

Mae archifau ardaloedd Y Bala a Dolgellau yng nghadwraeth Gwasanaeth Archifau Gwynedd. Ceir mwy o wybodaeth am eu daliadau yn

Dau Gant a Hanner o Filltiroedd trwy Gogledd Cymru: Diwrnod 2, Rhan 1

Ebrill 20, 2011

Dydd Mawrth Medi’r 16eg 1890, mae Edwin, Maria, Ellis a Lydia yn gadael Llangollen, wedi gwylio’r brithyll yn yr afon, a chael brecwast yn y Grapes Hotel.  Mae’r criw yn teithio tuag at Corwen, gan fynd heibio Gorsaf Berwyn, Rhaeadr y Bedol ac Eglwys Llantysilio.

The Grapes Hotel

Cyfeiriadur Post, 1886 yn dangos The Grapes Hotel, Llangollen. Ar gael i weld yn Archifdy Sir Ddinbych.

Tuesday 16th September 1890

Llangollen to Corwen, Bala and Dolgelly [Dolgellau]

The squawking of the jackdaws wakened us rather early so up we got up and out about seven o’clock, delighted with the prospect of another fine day.  I strolled down to the bridge and by the Old Cottages near the Corn Mill, I met a young fellow evidently a visitor. One of these cottages was covered with onions hung all over the side of the cottage, he asked me very simply if they were placed there to keep the wet out.  I said “no you flat, for the sparrows to roast in” he looked very hard, evidently thinking I had done him one, a little further on I met Lydia and Ellis.  We then adjourned to the Bridge and watched the trout sporting about in the River until breakfast time.  After doing ample justice to what the Grapes Hotel provided for our benefit, at ten o’clock we were ready for Corwen “Now Tommy” was the signal for off.

We paid a parting visit to Mother Pierce, when we saw Maggie her daughter coming down Barbers Hill to “wag our paws” before leaving and in return for their kindness, I promised to find Maggie a dairy man for a husband, but I am afraid this will be a rather difficult job for me to undertake.  Getting a last view of Crow Castle we drive on past the Berwyn Station and get a pretty view of the chain bridge on the high ground. Above the chain bridge, we see the Mansion of Mr Theodore Martin, author of the “life of the Prince Consort”.  A short distance further up the river there is a semicircular weir forming a beautiful cascade which was constructed by Telford for the purpose of feeding the Ellesmere Canal, this is generally known as the “Horse Shoe falls”. Close behind this is the little Church of Llantysilio, this Church stands in one of the sweetest spots in the district in a secluded well wooded vale close by the River Dee.  In the Church yard are some large Yew trees, and the whole scene is so calm and lovely that it might make one in love with death, like to be buried in so sweet a place.