In 1800, a 15 year-old girl called Mary Jones walked 26 miles from Llanfihangel-y-Pennant to Bala to buy a book.
Distinctive remains of a native Welsh castle, probably begun by Prince Llywelyn ab Iorwerth ('the Great') around 1221. Castell y Bere was a remote outpost on Llywelyn’s southern frontier, but it was vital to his security.
There’s something for everyone here at Coed y Brenin…
• Visitors Centre with Café open 7 days a week
• Bike Shop, Bike Hire & Bike Wash
• Running Shop & Shoe Hire
It is a landmark site, a true testament to the varying fortunes of war. What a picture, what a view! Perched on a headland with the sea as its constant bedfellow. Its twin-towered gatehouse intimidates prospective attackers.
Picturesque site of former 'holy well' dedicated to the sixth-century saint, Cybi. Two stone well-chambers and a later cottage survive.
Substantial remains of the simple abbey church, founded in 1198 by Maredudd ap Cynan for the Cistercian order.