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The village of Maentwrog nestles on the side of the Vale of Ffestiniog about half way between Penrhyndeudraeth and Blaenau Ffestiniog.
The village we see today has changed very little in the last 100 or so years. Built as the estate village by the Oakeley family of Plas Tan y Bwlch, the imposing mansion can be seen on the opposite side of the valley.
In the churchyard stands the stone from where the village gets its name, legend says it was hurled by the mighty giant Twrog. Riverside walks lead from the village following the meander of Afon Dwyryd.
The meander is not a natural feature; it was created by the estate owners in the 1800s to give a more visually appealing view from their house.
The gardens and woodlands at Plas Tan y Bwlch, now the Snowdonia National Park Authority Residential Study Centre, are open to the public. They are enjoyable throughout the year with many paths leading through the gardens and woods and provide excellent places to view the Vale and beyond.