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Blwyddyn Chwedlau 2017 Year of Legends - Castell Harlech Castle

Year of Legends – Looking for and Epic short break?

Then there’s plenty of Epic reasons to visit Snowdonia Mountains and Coast. It’s the ideal location with family friendly beaches, legendary walks, legendary gems with plenty of opportunities to experience our rich culture, heritage and landscape. This year we’re creating new legends. Want to come and find yours? Welcome to our Epic Land.


The prize includes accommodation and a full week of legendary activities and adventures, giving you a taste of what Snowdonia has on offer!

To enter, please complete the form below and press send – the winner will be chosen at random on December 1st, 2017! (See bottom of this page for full Terms and Conditions)

Good luck!


EPIC Beaches

A visit to the beach is the key to a great holiday. We’re home to 200 miles of coast and more than 35 beaches. Porth Oer (Whistling Sands), Porthdinllaen, Abersoch and Shell Island have been included in the ‘Best British Beaches’ list by The Sunday Times. We’ve also got plenty of Blue Flag, Green Coast Award and family friendly beaches.

Shell Island © Crown coptright (2016) Visit Wales

Mountain and Coastal Walks

There is no bigger legend than Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) the highest mountain in Wales and England at 3,560. If you’re looking for a coastal walk then there’s plenty of options along our 200 miles of coastline. We’ve even got 18 circular walks ranging from 1 to 10 miles that gives you the opportunity to appreciate our nature, heritage and culture in the nearby villages and towns.

Visit the epic Cader Idris near Dolgellau where it's said that anyone who spends the night alone on the mountain will either die, become insane or become a poet! Or the majestic Cwm Idwal in the Ogwen Valley where no bird flies over the lake’s surface and that a wailing voice can be heard when there is a storm in the Cwm.

Cwm Idwal, Dyffryn Ogwen Valley

Legendary Experiences

For a legendary adventure visit Blaenau Ffestiniog where you can go on the largest zip zone in Europe, zip underground, tour the deep mines, explore the quarries (off-road) or even cycle world class downhill MTB trails! If you fancy a legendary experience but with a more relaxed atmosphere how about Tŷ Coch Inn, Porthdinllaen (opened originally in 1842) which has been officially named as one of the top ten beach bars in the world!

Traeth Porthdinllaen Beach, Morfa Nefyn

Local stars’ favourite places

Snowdon Mountain Railway, Portmeirion, Barmouth Bridge, Caernarfon Castle, Bangor Pier, Beddgelert and Aberdaron are some of the legendary places mentioned by four of our local stars such as Sir Bryn Terfel. Read our feature to see what Robin McBryde, Lisa Gwilym and Owain Fôn Williams, who’s an international footballer and passionate painter, chose as their legendary places in Snowdonia.

Sir Bryn Terfel

EPIC Legends

Yr Ysgwrn, Trawsfynydd, stands as its own legend, representing one of Wales' most famous Bards, Ellis Evans. Hedd Wyn, to give him his bardic name, died six weeks before winning the bard's chair at the 1917 Birkenhead National Eisteddfod. Yr Ysgwrn was the family home to Hedd Wyn, his parents and ten siblings. The farmhouse has been passed down for generations but has kept its original character.

It's hard to speak of Welsh legends and not speak about Owain Glyndŵr and Harlech Castle. Here is where he was crowned Prince of Wales and where Owain summoned his supporters. Could Owain be waiting here?

Castell Harlech Castle © Crown copyright (2016) Visit Wales

Visit King Arthur's Labyrinth in Corris to learn ancient stories and tales Wales has to offer all while enjoying being underground.

Legendary Castles

Castles of Edward I - Concentric defences; massive curtain walls and towers; massive curtain walls and towers and powerful gatehouses!

Step into the dramatic, historic landscapes of Wales and discover the story of the Princes of Gwynedd, Princes of Gwynedd Wales’ most successful medieval dynasty.

Caernarfon Castle is world famous thanks to its World Heritage status, but have you climed to the top of Eagle tower for yourself?

It's time to #FindYourEpic

Castell Caernarfon Castle

Folk Tales

Nant Gwrtheyrn, located in Llithfaen at the foot of Yr Eifl is a magical place to visit. Originally a quarrying village, Nant Gwrtheyrn is now known for being a Welsh language and heritage centre. But another obvious reason to visit is the landscape; take in views of Porthdinllaen and all the way to Anglesey’s South Stack. Above Nant Gwrtheyrn is the earliest archaeological evidence of inhabitation in the area, Tre’r Ceiri.

If this isn’t enough, one of Wales’ most famous love stories was based here. The story of Rhys and Meinir. Read more about their story, can you find the old oak tree?

Beddgelert is roughly translated to Gelert’s Grave. Gelert was a loyal and faithful hound of Prince Llywelyn in the 13th century, and was left one day to guard the infant son of Llywelyn. When Llywelyn returned he found Gelert covered in blood and his son’s cot empty. Llywelyn acted quickly and out of anger killed Gelert with one stab of his sword. Gelert’s dying cry was met by the baby’s cry.

Llywelyn rushed to find his son and found the boy unharmed, but close by was the body of a mighty wolf. A wolf that Gelert had killed to protect the young boy. Llywelyn’s heart broke and he never smiled again. Gelert was buried and the village has been known as Beddgelert ever since.

You can’t get better folk tales than the Mabinogion. Snowdonia is mixed within many of the tales, which one will be your favourite?

Llyn y Dywarchen has links with the ‘Tylwyth Teg’ (fairies). Einyr a local farmer fell in love with a fairy girl and married her before she had to return to the world of the fairies. Can you spot the Tylwyth Teg?

Tegid Lake in Bala is said to be the home of a local sea monster called Tegid! Well this is the biggest natural lake in Wales.

Terms and Conditions:
1: By entering the competition you're agreeing to receive marketing information from Snowdonia Mountains and Coast. 2: Anyone who enters the competition will be deemed to have read and accepted the Terms and Conditions and will be bound by them. 3: To enter the competition go to http://www.visitsnowdonia.info/wales_year_of_legends-296.aspx and complete the online form and click send. Online entries will be accepted between 28/09/17 and 15/12/2017. 4: The winner will be chosen at random after the closing date and notified by e-mail. 5: Entrants must be aged 18 or over. 6: Only one entry per person; duplicate entries will be excluded from the competition. 7: The Prize is a one week’s holiday in Snowdonia to be taken any time during 2018 and up to the value of £1000.  8: We may also contact you after the competition to ask your feedback on the Year of Legends campaign. 9: Snowdonia Mountains and Coast reserves the right to substitute the prize with another prize as its absolute discretion.

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