The Hidden Faerie Glen

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Hidden in the woods of Ynysymaengwyn is a mysterious glen frequented by ….. fairies. On a recent visit to the woods we veered from our usual route and took a look around the secret garden and to our shock we came across this hidden gem. Of course, the faerie glen may only become visible to us mortals at certain times of the day or year and so multiple visits maybe needed before you are lucky enough to catch a glimpse of this magical place. Don’t believe me? Here’s the evidence!

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The Broad Water

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The Broad Water is a salt water lagoon a mile or so north of Tywyn. The lagoon is formed from the salted-up estuary of the River Dysanni and is a popular spot for fishing and canoeing. The wetland is a huge draw for birdwatchers and nature lovers alike as it is a haven for many birds including moorhen, coots, swans, nesting cormorants, buzzards, grebes and various species of duck, including the red-breasted merganser.

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Dyfi Osprey Project

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Dyfi Wildlife Centre

The Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve is the home of the Dyfi Osprey Project. There’s a visitor centre equipped with four screens displaying live pictures from the Osprey nest together with a small gift centre. A 360 Observatory, just 190m from the Osprey nest, provides superb viewing opportunities and is a wonderful place just to soak up the 360° panoramic views of the Dyfi Valley. Access to the observatory is via a non-slip purpose built board walk which runs for 520m from the Visitor Centre to the 360 Observatory. There are extra wide areas and buildout platforms with seating for you to stop along the way and enjoy stunning views of the Dyfi Valley. There’s also a couple of hides.
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Llyn Barfog (The Bearded Lake)

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Llynbarfog

Llyn Barfog is a small lake in Snowdonia occupying high ground above the northern banks of the River Dyfi. Covered by yellow water lilies in the summer and surrounded by rushes that give it a bearded appearance. However, Celtic Folklore suggests a different derivation for the name: it has been suggested that the lake was originally called Llyn y Barfog or The Bearded One’s Lake. The Bearded One was some ancient mythical being who lived there. The lake is also linked to King Arthur, a monster, and elves.

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Castell y Bere

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Castell-y-Bere

Castell y Bere is the largest and most elaborate of the native Welsh castles in north Wales and was built by Llywelyn ap Lorwerth, also known as Llywelyn the Great, Prince of Gwynedd, in the early 13th century. Typically, the Welsh princes had not constructed castles preferring to build undefended palaces called ilysoedd or courts. This tradition changed as the Normans advanced into Wales in the 11th century taking lands in the north and establishing a band of occupied territory in the south called the Welsh Marches.

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Ynyslas

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Ynyslas

If you’ve ever visited Aberdovey and wondered about the beach on the other side of the estuary, then it’s called Ynyslas. Ynyslas is part of the Dyfi National Nature Reserve and provides three distinct habitats: Cors Fochno, an internationally important peat bog, the Dyfi estuary itself, which is an important feeding ground for wading birds, and the beach and sand dunes that are the main draw for a quarter of a million people every year.

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Train Journey from Tywyn to Criccieth

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Ynys-hir

I have written a few helpful, I hope, articles on visiting us by train but haven’t done a lot of travelling around by train myself. I have trained-it to Tywyn when the other half couldn’t make it but have never used the train for a day trip other than the odd journey back from Aberdovey. Well, on a recent visit, we took the chance to give the train ago.

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Ynys-hir RSPB Nature Reserve

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Ynys-hir

The Ynys-hir RSPB nature reserve is positioned beside the Dyfi estuary in Cardigan Bay and covers 550 hectares supporting a variety of habitats extending inland from mudflats and a salt marsh through farmland and pools to oak woodlandand hillside scrub. There is a small visitor centre and seven hides.The various habitats support numbers of breeding birds including lapwing, redshank, egrets, herons, redstart, wood warbler, and pied flycatcher.

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Devil’s Bridge

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Devil's Bridge

Devil’s Bridge Falls has been attracting visitors to this part of Wales since the 18th century.  You get to see the underside of a bridge – actually 3 – and the falls themselves joined-up by a pleasant walk.

There are two walks on offer: a nature trail or the punchbowel. The nature trail is conservatively estimated at 45-minutes but we are slow walkers and like to stop, look, and listen, a lot. I’m sure we were there nearly 3-hours.

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