Situated on the western slopes of the Conwy valley in the parish of Caerhun, Rowen takes its name from the River Roe, and has won several tidiest village awards. Given many previous – and still ongoing lockdown situations – its local walking only, but we’re fortunate to be able to enjoy this pretty village from our doorstep, despite the pub garden being closed! A collection of cottages, barns, and other points of village interest as opposed to my usual landscapes.
According to legend, Beddgelert is the resting place of Gelert, the faithful hound of the medieval Welsh Prince, Llewelyn the Great. Sadly, the story is not actually true. Although Llywelyn was a real prince, born in 1173, the dog was a fanciful addition and a masterstroke of marketing by a shrewd businessman. It can lay claim to being something of a photographers honeypot though, being blessed with churches, bridges, cottages, mountains, and the pretty river Glaslyn. The terrace of copper miner’s cottages date from around 1850. The nearby Sygun copper mine closed in 1903.