Dolwyddelan Community Council
Welcome to the Dolwyddelan Community Council website. We hope that you will find the website useful and informative.
The Council represents the Dolwyddelan, Pont y Pant and Roman Bridge Communities as well as the interests of many visitors who visit this tranquil and beautiful locality in the Snowdonia National Park for walking, biking, climbing or just to relax in the country in rural North Wales.
The village of Dolwyddelan is situated in the picturesque Lledr Valley in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. Just five miles from the bustling tourist village of Betws y Coed, Dolwyddelan maintains a tranquillity whilst offering an excellent range of walks from the short and gentle stroll to an invigorating trek – all set within the beautiful Welsh countryside.
Dolwyddelan is renowned for its imposing 13th century castle, standing on a rocky outcrop at the foot of Moel Siabod with a commanding view of the Lledr Valley, and reputed to be the birthpace of Llewelyn ap Iorwerth, the last true Prince of Wales.
Saint Gwyddelan’s 15th century church in the centre of the village is not the original church. A wooden church was first built on Bryn y Bedd, a small hill close to the castle, but when Maredudd ab Ieuan, ancestor of the Wynn family of Llanrwst, came to live here in the late 15th century, he decided to build a church where he could keep an eye on his lookouts at Carreg Alltrem and his new house in Cwm Penamnen. Inside the church is Saint Gwyddelan’s Bell or Cloch Gwyddelan, thought to be the bell brought from Ireland by Saint Gwyddelan in the 7th century. Look out for the front pew that bears the carving in Welsh “A bench for the hard of hearing”, and also the Dolwyddelan dragon carved on the beam on the north side.
With its excellent public transport links and ample free car parking, Dolwyddelan is an ideal starting point for countless interesting walks and bike rides. In the heart of the village you will find the village shop – SPAR, The Gwydyr public house and Elen’s Castle hotel and restaurant. There are public toilets in the village and regular bus and train services, and at the award winning station there is a picnic area set in its own nature reserve. The Lledr Valley has very good mobile network coverage. The village has a lively Primary School, 3 places of worship and countless busy organisations for all ages who meet at the Community Centre or at the Community Pavilion.