Coed Felinrhyd

Afon Prysor, above Rhaeadr Du waterfall

Afon Prysor, above Rhaeadr Du waterfall

Date

15 November 2014
Location

Coed Felinrhyd, Maentwrog
Rhaeadr Du
Ivy Bridge


SH 66665 38769; 52.92971°N, 3.98507°W
SH 65416 39431; 52.93535°N, 4.00391°W

Information

Coed Felinrhyd is a 90-hectare wood in the care of Coed Cadw (the Woodland Trust) and is located to the south and west of the Ceunant Llennyrch gorge of the Afon Prysor near Maentwrog. This ‘temperate rainforest’ is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is host to a wide range of rare lichens. The habitat had, however, been damaged by the dense planting in 1969 of non-native conifers and by later Rhododendron invasion. Coed Felinrhyd was one of 58 locations in the Meirionnydd Oakwoods Project – a £2.2m scheme, managed by Coed Cadw in conjunction with the former Forestry Commission Wales and the former Countryside Council for Wales, for the restoration and conservation of ancient woodlands. Ongoing restoration to a more open woodland has involved thinning of the conifers, eradication of the Rhododendron, and selective grazing by sheep to control the undergrowth.

Coed Felinrhyd is a place that figures in the Mabinogion – a collection of ancient Welsh mythological tales. It was the site of a mortal single combat that determined the outcome of a war between north and south. Gwydion, trickster, magician, and nephew of the king of Gwynedd, plotted to start a war as a distraction in one his schemes and he provoked Pryderi, king of Dyfed, into invading the north. The forces from Dyfed, however, suffered great losses in three battles, and Pryderi therefore agreed to settle the matter in a fight to the death. This was, however, to prove his undoing, as he was slain by Gwydion and, so the legend goes, his body was buried in an unmarked grave somewhere in the woods.

Further Reading

Coed Felinrhyd (The Woodland Trust)

 

Ivy Bridge, over Afon Prysor close to Maentwrog Power Station

Ivy Bridge. This Grade II listed stone arch bridge crossing the Afon Prysor dates back to the 18th century or earlier and was part of the old packhorse route from Harlech to Maentwrog.

Coed Felinrhyd

Coed Felinrhyd

Afon Prysor, above Rhaeadr Du waterfall, Coed Felinrhyd

Afon Prysor, above Rhaeadr Du waterfall, Coed Felinrhyd

Afon Prysor, above Rhaeadr Du waterfall, Coed Felinrhyd

Afon Prysor, above Rhaeadr Du waterfall, Coed Felinrhyd

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