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The name is taken by up to nine parishes in Wales. Llanbedr in Ardudwy is situated on the banks of the river Artro near to the beaches of Barmouth and Harlech. This is a place of outstanding beauty, sheltered by woodland, and the river Artro comes down from Cwm Bychan, a place noted for romantic scenery, high faced cliffs and jagged rocks which surround it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cwm Nantcol is another source of the river, and the peaty water rushes impressively over a waterfall before joining the main flow not far from Salem chapel, made famous by S. C. Vosper’s painting. Lower down, Pentre’ Gwynfryn quaintly nestles on one bank, and native woodlands and meadows encroach the other side.

 

 

 

©Gruffydd Price

 

At Llanbedr, the river flows majestically under the village bridge before moving rapidly towards Shell Island and widening to a beautiful estuary alongside Pensarn and Llandanwg.

 

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The area is steeped in history. Traces of ancient times are evident in the many standing stones  near old paths which stretch from the sea to the mountains. There are many fortresses and clusters of round houses of the iron age in the mountains, and an ancient stone scribed with a spiral motif is kept in the church.

 

But it’s the old tales from the dark ages which fire the imagination. It is said that the bard Taliesin can be traced to the area, and he is referred to in a tale about Gwyddno (Longshanks) who ruled the presently submerged lands beneath Cardigan Bay, and his son Elphin who found a baby in a fish trap, and named him Taliesin. This was a source of  a host of tales entwined in the Mabinogion.