The village of Llanelltyd lies on the junction of A470 and A496 (Barmouth road) just north of Dolgellau and about 9 miles south of Cadair View Lodge.
The old bridge in the photo can be reached by leaving the A470 between the A496 roundabout and Dolgellau. Heading south it’s a left hand turn signposted for Cymer Abbey. There is parking off the road and a short walk will lead you onto the traffic free bridge. If the water levels are right it is possible to get down to the river itself.
A little further along this side road is Cymer Abbey, a Cistercian abbey founded in 1198 as a daughter abbey to Cwm Hir Abbey near Newtown. Although originally supported by Welsh nobility, the Abbey changed its alliance and became a base for Edward I’s assaults on North Wales. It appears that Edward paid for some war damage at the abbey, so it may’ve come under some sort of attack. The Abbey closed in 1537 and fell into disrepair. The stone was taken for use in local buildings. Some repairs were done in the 1960s and some more recently. There isn’t a huge amount of it left but enough to get an impression of it.
The church alongside the A470 at Llanelltyd is also worth a visit. Inside the church you will find Kenric’s Stone. The coffin-shaped stone, probably dating to 7th – 11th Century, has a footprint carved into it and has a Latin inscription. It is said to be in memory of Kenric the Pilgrim and is said to have been carved to guarantee him a safe journey “overseas”. The church stands within a circular graveyard which also contains a spring which may be St Illtyd’s well. St Illtyd founded several churches in South Wales.
I hope that this gives you an insight into some of the places that you might just drive past on your journey to and from Cadair View Lodge. Maybe take a few minutes to stop and explore.
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