AUTUMN WEEKEND in SOUTH MEIRIONYDD : September 27- 29th 2019

This coming year we are virtually replicating the meeting held in 1866 when, amongst other things the Cambrians became the first human cargo on the Tal y Llyn Railway.  Less auspicious was the fact that the President failed to show up!  But apart from that, we hope, we will, like them, be going to Castell y Bere, to Peniarth, to Llanegryn, to Towyn church and its important but virtually illegible inscribed stone, to Pennal and its Roman fort and we will be taking a trip on the railway.  We will be taking a bus, whereas in 1866 I think they walked from Aberglynolwyn to Castell y Bere and back!

We will be based at Plas Talgarth Resort, Pennal, where we will occupy 6-8 person lodges gathered around the 19th century mansion where we will eat in the restaurant (2 course meal) and have our lectures in the ‘Village Hall’.  These lodges have bathrooms (with bath and overhead shower) and fully equipped kitchens with tea/coffee etc .  The ingredients of Breakfast are brought to the door.  Each lodge has a master bedroom (double or twin beds) a second /third room with twin beds, and a double sofa bed.  The cost per lodge is £210 for the 2 nights + £30 a day dinner and breakfast.  If you want a room to yourself it will be £105 + £60.  If you share a room it will be £52.50 + £60.  Do please find someone to share with and perhaps even make up houses.   We have booked 15 lodges so please book early to get a bed.  Late bookers will get a sofa bed!  Level-entry showers are available in the Spa which is part of the complex. There are no lifts and some short flights of steps around the site.  Everyone should bring a walking stick – for Castell y Bere if nothing else!




Arrive at Plas Talgarth Resort late morning :  Registration  Visit Aberdovey in private cars (15 mins away).  There is a large carpark near the harbour and another at the east end of the town.  The streets of the town are narrow and steep, but there is a good deal of interest in the lower town and very fine views. Return to Plas Talgarth for lecture and dinner in Y Garth Restaurant.

Evening lecture

Toby Driver (RCAHMW) ‘Hoards, Hillforts and Discovery: the archaeology and landscape of South Merionydd between the Mawddach and the Dyfi



Take private cars to the large car park close to the Tal y Llyn Railway station (about 10 miles).

Take the train to Aberglynolwyn  where we will be met by a 29 seater coach  (or 2).

We will look at the quarry town of Aberglynolwyn; use facilities and pick up picnic boxes at the Community Centre’s Caffi’r Ceunant.

Visit Castell y Bere and eat picnic.  Castell y Bere is quite dangerous in places.  The church down at Llanfihangel y Pennant is open and has an interesting exhibition about the valley and Mary Jones.

There are lavatories there.

Peniarth    William Williams Wynne the present owner is happy to receive us!  House is famous for its previous library belonging to W E Williams Wynne President of CAA in 1856, notable scholar and manuscript and book collector.  It still contains many interesting paintings and collections.

Llanegryn  Church  — fine rood screen

Towyn Church and early Welsh inscription.

Evening Lecture

Daniel Huws will lecture on the Peniarth manuscripts



Morning  Visit in private cars to Hall House at Rhownair .  It is just N of Aberdovey Pennal Church and memorial garden to Owain Glyndwr  (The Pennal Letter)  There are interesting 18th century memorials in the church – English invasion from Shropshire. Cefn Caer house and Roman Fort   We will certainly see the site of the Roman fort but the 16th century house may not be accessible. Return to PlasTalgarth for lunch (own cost) or Riverside Restaurant  Pennal if preferred. Disperse after lunch.  You might like to visit MOMA in Machynlleth or the Centre for Alternative Technology on the road to Corris on your way home.


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