Croeso, Welcome to Rohan Betws y Coed from Kev and Charly
Shop address: Holyhead Road, Betws y Coed, LL24OBN
Telephone Number: 01690 710 816
Shop Opening Hours:
Our shop is located on the only road through the village, the A5, near to the pretty Pont y Pair bridge (with its small fir tree island and waterfall where you can see the salmon leaping every autumn). It is on the left hand side of the road if you are going up the hill towards Capel Curig and the mountains of Snowdonia. The Caffi Caban y Pair is situated next door for lovely homemade cakes, speciality teas and coffees, so you can contemplate those impending Rohan purchases.
Apart from being one of the most beautiful places in the British Isles, Betws-Y-Coed and North Wales has so much to offer, from fabulous scenery, technical mountain biking trails, climbing, walking, kayaking/canoeing, horse riding, fishing, quad biking, underground mine activities, gorge walking, fabulous coastal scenery, sailing, surfing, sea kayaking, kite surfing/buggying, to motor sports, it has all the sporting activities you could wish for. The National Mountain Centre of Plas y Brenin is situated a few miles away in Capel Curig and many Local Authorities have their Outdoor Centres located nearby.
Not only is every sporting taste catered for, there is also a wealth of Welsh heritage which is strong and alive and is of the utmost importance to this area. Betws Y Coed is at the head of the ”Royal valley” (Conwy Valley), Llewelyn the Great the most prestigious and famous Welsh Prince was born in Dolwyddelan (near Betws Y Coed), he was an astute ruler who fought the Normans and many other invaders to defend the Welsh people. He was not only a great ruler but became a Folk hero as well, many Welsh mystical tales and folk stories are associated with him. Today the legacy of people like Llewelyn the Great mean that Welsh culture and language are alive and vibrant, 63% of people in the Conwy valley speak Welsh.
Not only is there Welsh language but also the Eisteddfod which is a Welsh festival of literature, music and performance, this tradition of Welsh artists dates back to the 12th Century. The Conwy valley town of Llanwrst has hosted the National Eisteddfod the largest cultural event in Europe. Today the Eisteddfod tradition starts from the very earliest age at Primary school and is very important in all the local schools which immerse pupils in the Welsh language and which becomes part of children’s and adult’s natural culture. The standard of literature, music, art and poetry as a result is world class. A taste of this heritage can be heard in Betws y Coed at St Michael’s Church with various Male Voice Choirs performing and which run from July to September every Sunday evening.
Betws Y Coed lies at the confluence of four stunningly beautiful forested valleys and their rivers, which have produced a dramatic landscape. There are tumbling waterfalls and rivers and the huge Gwydir Forest with a host of tranquil lakes surrounds the village. Many trails both walking and mountain biking start from the village and suit all abilities, from strolls along the riverside to steep climbs into and above the forest with magnificent views of the majestic mountains of Snowdonia.
An artists colony was formed in 1844 and the building of the railway lead to many fine Victorian stone houses being built, which make up the village of Betws y Coed.
“The list of things to do in and around the area is endless, everyone is catered for, from the culture vulture to the adrenaline junky, (perhaps not the sun seekers though!)
There are numerous truly stunning historical sights to visit nearby Betws y Coed;
Dolwyddelan Castle built in the 12th Century believed to be Llewylyn Fawr’s birth place.
Ty Mawr the farmhouse birthplace of Bishop William Morgan who translated the bible into Welsh in 1588
Llanrhychwyn Church the oldest church in Wales even possibly in Britain with medieval coloured glass
St Grwsts Church bulit in 1170 houses the coffin of Llewelyn Fawr
Gwydyr Castle rebuilt in the 16th Century
Neolithic Burial Chambers dating back from 1500BC
Bodnant Gardens are world renowned and fabulous
Betws Y Coed has its own golf course and fishing permits can be bought from a local hotel.
Some info on events up and coming in and around Betws y Coed.
6.10.2013 Eryri-Snowdonia Snowman Triathlon Capel Curig Conwy www.alwaysaimhighevents.com
26/27.10.2013 Snowdonia Walking Festival – walks guided by a local experts for all levels of fitness.
9.11.2013 Betws-y-Coed Trail Challenge a 10k trail race around the beautiful Llyn Elsi www.trailbetws.com
14-17th November 2013 Wales Rally GB (FIA World Rally Championships) 14.11.2013 Gwydyr Forest / Penmachno
30 Nov/1 Dec Nadolig Betws – Betws y Coed Christmas Fair events still to be decided. A great festive weekend with a fabulous lantern parade and late night shopping. www.nadoligbetws.co.uk