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The Crown Inn

HISTORIC COUNTRY PUB & CAMPSITE

Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr, Conwy, North Wales


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We are in the heart of rural North Wales, rising in Snowdonia to the east, through lush river valleys and countryside to the fabulous shores and castles of the north coast.

The quiet village of Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr (translated as St Michael’s Vale of Meditation) has been a place of peace for pilgrims, drovers and other visitors passing through for centuries.  It is situated in the Hiraethog region - translated as ‘The Hills of Longing’ - a stunning, unspoilt landscape of heather moor, thick forests, tranquil lakes and open spaces, dotted with charming villages and topped by big, open skies with the Berwyn and Snowdonia mountain ranges as the backdrop.   

This picturesque landscape has inspired writers and poets for centuries, including William Wordsworth who was a frequent visitor to the village and penned the poem ‘Vale of Meditation’ in its honour (see right).

The area is also home to rare wildlife, such as red squirrels and black grouse, beautiful scenery and warm Welsh hospitality.  A perfect place to really get away from it all, relax and enjoy the peace and quiet, or get out there and experience some of the country’s best biking, walking, fishing, adventure and water sports locations.

We are a short distance (7 miles) from the Alwen Reservoir and Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre - great places for walking, cycling, fishing and sailing, with world class facilities and magnificent views.

Right on the historic A5 main route to Betws y Coed, Llanfigangel Glyn Myfyr is also at the gateway to Snowdonia, just a 10 minute drive from the edge of the National Park.  

Vale of Meditation
William Wordsworth


A STREAM to mingle with your favourite Dee

Along the VALE OF MEDITATION flows;

So styled by those fierce Britons, pleased to see

In Nature’s face the expression of repose;

Or haply there some pious hermit chose

To live and die, the peace of heaven his aim;

To whom the wild sequestered region owes

At this late day, its sanctifying name

WALKING & Cycling

We are ideally placed as a starting point for walks and cycles of varying lengths, from leisurely to challenging, all through spectacular scenery.  The Crown Inn sits in an area of quiet roads, lakes and forestry, ideal for leisure and exploration.  It is a very quiet upland area with a broad rolling landscape, and as a result the forests are home to Wales' remaining population of Red Squirrel and the increasingly rare Black Grouse on the edge of the moors.   The absence of traffic make the forests ideal locations for walking and cycling.

There are many paths and trails available.  Some of our favourites are:

The Hiraethog Trail which links Llanfihangel Glyn Myfr with the villages of Pentrefoelas, Cerrigydrudion  and Llanrhaeadr via public footpaths, quiet lanes and country roads.  Pick up the Trail Pack free from the pub or one of the local Tourist Information Centres (currently being updated).

The Alwen Trail which encircles the Alwen Reservoir, with 15.5km of forest tracks and paths along the shore and up to the moorland.

Rural Conwy Sacred Trails which link some of the beautiful churches of the region, including our very own St Michael’s.

More Walking Routes at Visit Hiraethog>>

More Cycling Routes at Visit Hiraethog>>

The area is also gaining a reputation as one of the best for mountain biking.  We are about half an hour away from Coed Llandegla Mountain Biking Centre, which some consider as the place to come in the UK for mountain biking.


Fishing

We have fishing rights for 1/2 mile of the River Alwen which flows through the pub grounds.  Fishing on our stretch is FREE for our campers, otherwise £15 per day for non-campers, with £5 redeemable in the pub.  We can also arrange access to over 10 miles of river, vast lakes and the many stocked pools that the region offers.   The quiet, clear waters within this wonderful landscape make the area amongst the best for game and coarse fishing in the country.

Local fishing opportunities include game angling for trout, grayling and salmon and all species coarse fishing, including pike and carp.   Boat fishing can also be arranged.

Nearby Lynn Brenig is also home to the World Fly Fishing Championships.


Water Sports

The Crown is centrally located for a wide range of outdoor activities.  If you are camping with us, we can help you plan your activities and offer secure storage for your equipment, canoes etc. free of charge.

Whitewater Rafting, Kayaking & Canoeing

The National White Water Centre, now the UK's leading white water centre, is located on the banks of the Trywerym River, near Bala, just a 25 minute drive from the Crown.  The centre offers almost 5 miles of classic Welsh white water. A dam-controlled river (rather than rain-fed), means there is often water available here when all the other rivers are dry.  (Bring your own canoes and equipment).

Bala Adventure and Water Sports Centre is also just 25 minutes drive away, offering canoeing, kayaking, white water rafting, open water swimming, sailing, windsurfing, raft building, climbing, abseiling, gorge walking, archery and camp craft.

Sailing

Sailing is available at Llyn Brenig, just 7 miles away.  Llyn Brenig Sailing Club is the highest sailing club in the UK!  They therefore have excellent wind which is perfect for learning to sail and competitive sailing.

Water Skiing

Alwen Water Ski Training Centre is a friendly club based on the Alwen Reservoir (about 7 miles from the Crown). Fresh water and Club Mastercraft. Flat water on most occasions. Suitable for those looking to have a go or to take your skiing more seriously.


Go-Karting

We are just 3 miles from GYG Karting, one of the largest go-kart circuits in the UK, situated on the historic A5 route just outside the village of Cerrigydrudion.


Quad Biking

Adventure North Wales offers thrilling off-road riding with spectacular views of the surrounding area at nearby Llangollen.  A perfect way to experience the challenging terrain.  Chunky 4 wheel off road bikes are driven over a 5 acres free ride area, allowing you to put the bikes through their paces.

Horse Riding & Pony Trekking

Gwydyr Stables Riding & Trekking Stables is a half an hour drive from the Crown.  A wonderful location for horse riding,  pony trekking,  or extended day trail rides in the Snowdonia National Park.  Surrounded by National Trust and Forestry Commission land, it provides breathtaking scenery in which to enjoy the excellent views across the Mountains.  (Horses and all equipment is provided).

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