The Mining Village With No Neighbours

We’re in Wales for the week! Specifically, we’re in a little cottage helfway up the shoulder of Garn Ganol (561m/1,841ft), the highest hill on the Llŷn Peninsula.

After a horribly congested drive to Wales, we finally located our cottage for the week and then immediately head off to the nearest café. This turned out to be a bigger adventure than anticipated, as the nearest café was located at the bottom of the ridiculously steep Nant Gwrtheyrn valley. Which we decided to walk. In 22°C heat. And the café turned out to be closed.

But the views and scenery were incredible. Nant Gwrtheyrn (pronounced “nant goo-FEY-urn”), the village named after the valley, was originally a totally isolated mining village, set up to house the miners who were quarrying granite from the Yr Eifl mountains. The quarries were shut down in World War II, and then a few decades later a Welsh Language Learning Centre was set up on the site of the former quarryman cottages.

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