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Holidays in Penmachno

A tiny upland village in Snowdonia National Park

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Tea rooms on the river

The village of Penmachno is located in the gorgeous valley of Cwm Penmachno in the county of Conwy, right in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. With ancient forest and lots of scenic countryside, the village, linked by a five-arched stone bridge dating back to 1785 is popular with both walkers and mountain bikers.

Penmachno is famous for being part of the revolt of Madog ap Llywelyn in the 13th century as it was the place where Madog put his signature to the Penmachno Document; this allegedly gave evidence of his right to use the title of the Prince of Wales.

View across the valleys

The village is small and welcoming, with a traditional little pub and annual summer and Christmas fayres. Only 4 miles away is the bustling village of Betws-y-Coed and this is a lovely long walk if the weather is good. You will pass woodland and the Fairy Glen waterfall walk, and pass over the ‘Roman Bridge’ which perches atop the Machno River – though called Roman, it is in fact more like 16th or 17th century.

You can also take in the 19th century Machno Woollen Mill and Pandy Falls on the way. It does have a Roman connection however in that it is close to part of the Sarn Helen Roman road from Betws-y-Coed to the Roman fort of Tomen y Mur.

Slightly further north is Llanrwst where you will come across the beautiful Tu-Hwnt-l’r Bont Tea Rooms sitting on the river and draped in majestic red ivy. This is the perfect spot to have a cream tea while planning your route back home!

For walkers, there are plenty of riverside and countryside routes, or why not drink in the views while horse riding? There is a lovely circular walk through the Gwydyr forest which stretches over the hills to the village of Dolwyddelan; from there you can see Dolwyddelan Castle overshadowed by the mountains behind. You can stop for something to eat here before heading back to the Machno Valley via the River Lledr. On the forest slopes, there is also an excellent mountain bike trail, offering a 10, 20 or 30km loop depending on how far you want to go.

“Visit the magical Fairy Glen, a waterfall walk which has spectacular views…”

There are various farmers markets around Penmachno, where you can find a great selection of local produce and arts and crafts. Pottery and paintings fill the stalls alongside organic meats and free-range eggs.

For a special day out, take a trip to one of the northern coastal resorts such as Colwyn Bay, Rhyl or Llandudno, or spend an afternoon on the beautiful remote island of Anglesey. Wales has a great selection of historic buildings, including Caernarfon Castle and Conwy Castle, both within driving distance.

Take a look at our full collection of Penmachno cottages for even more holiday inspiration.

While you’re there

The Fairy Glen

This magical waterfall walk is a beautiful spot for budding photographers.

Tu-Hwnt-l’r Bont Tea Rooms

The perfect spot to have a cream tea in the most beautiful surroundings.

Caernarfon Castle

This magnificent castle is full of history and intrigue.

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