Trawsfynydd is a old slate-quarrying village, an industrial settlement in the middle of remote and beautiful landscape. The original settlement is medieval, and the church of St Madryn is well worth a visit.
When the slate quarries closed, the village was geared to the needs of the now-defunct Magnox power station. It is now an excellent centre for walking, lying as it does between the Rhinogs and the Moelwyns. South-west of the lake is one of the most extensive and best-preserved Bronze Age landscapes in the British Isles, with standing stones, cairn circles and the remains of round huts strung out along an ancient trackway and the jagged crown of the cairn on Bryn Cader Faner towering above it all.
Trawsfynydd has shops, public houses, a garage and a café, and several bed and breakfast establishments. It also has the birthplace of Hedd Wyn, the poet who won the supreme accolade of the bardic chair at the Liverpool eisteddfod in 1916 but who had died on the Western Front before the award could be made. The chair was shrouded in black for the ceremony, and since then the 1916 eisteddfod has been known as the Black Eisteddfod.
As a charity, we can't recommend or advertise places to eat or stay - so this is just somewhere we have come across. The Llys Ednowain Hostel and Heritage Centre (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) commemorates the story of the local community, the life of Hedd Wyn, and the life and work of Trawsfynydd's other famous inhabitant, the Catholic martyr St John Roberts. Our route past Trawsfynydd takes in heritage trails which lead you past important sites in the lives of these two men.
Llys Ednowain also provides basic hostel accommodation. For a wider range of accommodation, go to the Trawsfynydd web pages.