B4418 Llanllyfni Gwynedd Wales
Dyffryn Nantlle Valley is an area of Gwynedd, North Wales, situated between the Llyn Peninsula and the Snowdonia massif. The valley is a typical U-shaped, glaciated valley with steeply rising sides above a flat floor. | The B4418 passes through the valley from Rhyd-Ddu to Penygroes, via Nantlle village and Talysarn. | Other villages within the vicinity include Aberdesach, Carmel, Clynnog Fawr, Drws y Coed, Fron, Groeslon, Gyrn Goch, Llandwrog, Llanllyfni, Nebo, Pant Glas, Pontllyfni, Rhosgadfan, Rhostryfan, and Tanrallt. | Around 80% of the population of the Nantlle Valley speak Welsh as their first language. Some of the communities came into being as a result of slate quarrying in the late eighteenth or early nineteenth centuries. There were a number of quarries in the valley, the largest being the Dorothea and Pen yr Orsedd quarries. The old quarrying settlements of Penygroes and Llanllyfni are situated at the western entrance to the valley. | Historically the Nantlle Valley has Iron Age hillforts, settlements and extensive field systems, with a number of 18th Century and later copper mines. The area also has associations with the early Welsh Mabinogi tales. | The area is characterised by its large number of small settlements – many of which are themselves now noted for the number of holiday cottages within the villages. | Nantlle Valley is ideally situated as a holiday destination, with Mount Snowdon just two miles to the East and the glorious beaches and attractions of the Llyn Peninsula just a short distance to the West. | The Welsh Highland Heritage Railway passes by the eastern entrance to the valley – with trips from Rhyd-Ddu Station to Caernarfon in the North and Beddgelert and Porthmadog in the South. | Walkers will be spoilt for choice with trails in the valley and around the lake (Llyn Nantlle Uchaf) or for the more energetic a walk from the afore mentioned Rhyd-Ddu to the summit of Snowdon. | Cyclists and walkers have the option of the traffic free route to the World Heritage Site of Caernarfon with its medieval castle and town walls. The Lon Eifion cycle route from Bryncir to Caernarfon is 12 miles long and traffic free, which adds up to a total distance of 24 miles for the return journey. | If this might be too far for your liking, you have the alternative of taking a lift on the Welsh Highland Railway for the return journey from Caernarfon to Rhyd-Ddu station. | You can take your bikes (for free) on the train to Rhyd-Ddu and return via the B4418 for the last section to the Nantlle Valley.
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