The Region

 

Llanbedr-y-Cennin is a small village in Conwy county borough, Wales.

It lies in the foothills on the western side of the Conwy valley, in North Wales. The river Conwy runs through the valley, running into the sea to the north, at the town of Conwy, which is about five miles north of the village. The village lies on the eastern edge of the Snowdonia National Park. Near the village lies the Iron Age fort of Pen y Gaer.

"Llanbedr" means St Peter's church in Welsh, while Cennin can refer to leeks or to daffodils, the latter being "Cennin Pedr" (St Peter's leeks) in Welsh.

The village grew out of a mainly pastoral industry (mostly sheep farming and dairy produce). It has a parish church (Anglican), a Nonconformist chapel (Independent), and a local pub (Ye Olde Bull Inn) which serves J.W. Lees real ale (from a Manchester brewery). In the 1960s, the village's only shop used to be a bakery and post office also, but the post office has been discontinued.

Tal-y-Bont is a small village in Conwy county borough, Wales. It lies in the Conwy valley in North Wales, west of the River Conwy, on the B5106 road, six miles from Conwy to the north, and six miles from Llanrwst to the south.

It lies adjacent to the village of Dolgarrog to the south, and below the small settlement of Llanbedr-y-Cennin to the west.

The 'Bont' (the mutated form of pont, Welsh for "bridge") in the name probably refers to the bridge over the Afon Dulyn, a tributary of the nearby Conwy river, which runs through the village.

 

The village has a chapel, a primary school Ysgol Tal-y-Bont, a hotel named The Lodge, a public house named Y Bedol (The Horseshoe), a butchers T. Parry-Jones and Daughters, a local shop and a memorial hall with recreational grounds (including tennis courts).

Half a mile to the north of Tal-y-Bont is the hamlet of Caerhun, where the Roman fort of Kanovium (Circa AD60) is located.

To the west is a hill named Pen-y-Gaer, on top of which can be found remains of a Bronze Age hillfort. The hill occupies a commanding position above the village, with views north down the valley to Conwy and Llandudno, and south to Llanrwst. Pen-y-Gaer can be reached by following the road that runs up through Llanbedr-y-Cennin, taking the left fork at the Olde Bull Inn and then taking a left several miles later when the hill appears directly above to your left.