Dolgarrog is a village in Conwy County, North Wales. Dolgarrog is bounded by the Afon Ddu to the south, the Afon Porth-llwyd to the north, and the Conwy to the east. To the west, on the lower slopes of Moel Eilio 546m is the glorious backdrop of the woodlands of the Coed Dolgarrog National Nature Reserve.
Myths and Legends
It is claimed that the village was established around 1200AD. The name Dolgarrog was given after a flying dragon named Y Carrog. This mythical creature would fly down into the meadow of Dol-y-Carrog and prey on livestock. The local farmers lost so many sheep that they went with spears, bows and arrows to kill the dragon. A dream warned one of the farmers, Nico Ifan, not to pursue the dragon, as Y Carrog would result in his death. A poisoned sheep carcass was placed across the river in the heights above Eglwysbach. Y Carrog, unsuspicious, snatched the bait and was caught and pounded to death. Nico Ifan later approached the dragon to revel in its death. The farmer kicked the dragon piercing his leg on the Carrog's poisoned barbed wing, executing his death as warned in his dream.
Cadair Ifan Goch viewpoint is situated just 1 mile east of Dolgarrog station and local legend has it that Cadair Ifan Goch was once the seat of the mythical giant, Ifan Goch. Ifan Goch would sit on the rock and bathe his feet in the Conwy River below. The rocky hill offers superb views of the Conwy Valley and the eastern Carneddau mountains.
Walks, Cycle Trails and Other Activities
Dolgarrog is located in the heart of the beautiful Conwy Valley and is situated within easy access of numerous picturesque walks, lakes and mountains. The nearby Drum and Tal y Fan peaks are 2,526 feet and 2,001 respectively and make for a suitable first mountainous climb. The Afon Ddu, running slightly to the south of Dolgarrog, provides the venue for the Gorge Walk. This full gorge walk is conducted by adventure and activity centres including the Tanrallt Mountain Centre and is a challenging day out, scrambling up waterfalls, jumping into plunge pools and wriggling through coves.
2.5 miles south is the village of Trefriw, the Gwydir Forest and the scenic lakes of Llyn Crafnant and Llyn Geirionydd. The Twin Lakes Walk provides some of the most elegant views in Snowdonia and the walks around the lake are very much worthwhile.
In 1925, the failure of two dams caused a flood that swamped the village of Dolgarrog, killing 16 people. The disaster was started by the failure of the Eigiau Dam, a small dam which flooded the Coedty Dam. This dam failed, releasing the huge volume of water that flooded Dolgarrog.
Accommodation and Services
There is a wide selection of accommodation within the Conwy Valley, from luxury hotels to small bed and breakfasts and self-catering accommodation. Pubs and restaurants can be found on both the east and west banks of the River Conwy. The B5106 road runs through the village from Conwy through to Betws y Coed while the busier A470 road runs along the east bank of the Conwy from Betws y Coed through to Glan Conwy Corner.
The scenic Conwy Valley Railway offers a pleasant alternative to the car with the Dolgarrog Railway Station (an unstaffed halt and request stop) a half mile from the village.
In 2015 the quiet village of Dolgarrog is about to change with an exciting new surfing and water sports park to be built in the centre of the village. The park, to be called Surf Snowdonia, is to be a showcase for the World's first publicly accessible Wavegarden® artificial surfing lagoon, helping to make Snowdonia National Park the adventure centre for Britain.
The Wavegarden, set between the village centre and the River Conwy, will generate powerful and consistent surfing waves, of varying heights up to 6 feet, in a 300m long lagoon. It will be ideal for all surfers, from beginners, both young and old, to professional surfers, and will be a fantastic family destination. Surf Snowdonia will also play host to events, competitions and surf demos, giving the public access to the World's top surfers.
Complementing the Wavegarden facility will be a café, restaurant and bar positioned immediately alongside the surfing lagoon, whose glass front will allow visitors to enjoy food and drink whilst watching the surfing action close-up.
The catering facilities will be available to visitors who wish merely to stop off for a drink and a snack, or perhaps a full meal, but who have no intention of getting wet.
Other activities around the site will include attractive rural landscaping, woodland trails, outdoor play and events spaces.
Camping will eventually be available within the Surfpark but for those who prefer a bit more comfort we at the www.walesdirectory.co.uk have a two bedroom house available for self catering accommodation right on the edge of the Surf Park.
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