Dyffryn Ardudwy

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Dyffryn Ardudwy
Dyffryn Ardudwy chambered cairn.jpg
Chambered cairn (portal dolmen)
Grid reference: SH581312
Location: 52°47’20"N, 4°5’49"W
Population: 1,667  (2001)
Post town: Dyffryn Ardudwy
Postcode: LL44
Dialling code: 01341
Local Government
Council: Gwynedd
Dwyfor Meirionnydd

Dyffryn Ardudwy is a village and parish in Merionethshire. It had a population of 1,667 according to the 2001 census.[1]

The village of Dyffryn Ardudwy is situated on the A496 coastal road between the towns of Harlech and Barmouth and at the foot of Moelfre, part of the Rhinogydd range.


There are a number of prehistoric cromlechs in and around the village, and they are some of the earliest tombs erected in Great Britain and Ireland. Dating from around 4,000 BC, the cairn at Dyffryn Ardudwy has two separate burial chambers.[2] Nearby is an avenue which was built by the powerful Vaughan dynasty, (who were instrumental in placing Henry VII on the throne in 1485), to connect their family mansion, Cors-y-gedol (The Bog of Hospitality), with the family chapel. The existing mansion was built in 1576.[3] Nearby, the Cors-y-gedol burial chamber stands amidst the site of ancient fields and settlements and the area affords glorious views of Cardigan Bay.

The church at Llanddwywe was built on an ancient mound which is at the end of the straight line followed by the road to Corsygedol Hall. This line runs straight and true to a cairn on the side of Moelfre, and it is suggested that this is a prehistoric man-made creation relating to the summer solstice rather than a more recent addition.

Dyffryn Ardudwy had a golf club during the early to mid-1900s.[4]


The village has a railway station on the line between Pwllheli and Shrewsbury.



  1. "parish Headcounts: Dyffryn Ardudwy (Parish)". Office for National Statistics. http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadTableView.do?a=7&b=11122898&c=dyffryn+ardudwy+community&d=16&e=15&g=6489022&i=1001x1003x1032x1004&m=0&r=1&s=1415706444735&enc=1&dsFamilyId=779. 
  2. Powell, T.G.E. (March 1963). "The Chambered Cairn at Dyffryn Ardudwy". Antiquity 37 (145): 19–24. 
  3. "VAUGHAN family of Corsygedol". Welsh Biography Online. The National Library of Wales. http://yba.llgc.org.uk/en/s-VAUG-COR-1250.html. Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
  4. “Dyffryn Ardudwy Golf Club, Gwynedd”, “Golf’s Missing Links”.
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