Dyffryn Ardudwy

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Dyffryn Ardudwy
Dyffryn Ardudwy chambered cairn.jpg
Chambered cairn (portal dolmen) Dyffryn Ardudwy
Dyffryn Ardudwy is located in Gwynedd
Dyffryn Ardudwy
Dyffryn Ardudwy
 Dyffryn Ardudwy shown within Gwynedd
Population 1,540 (2011)
OS grid reference SH585235
Community Dyffryn Ardudwy
Principal area Gwynedd
Ceremonial county Gwynedd
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LL44
Dialling code 01341
Police North Wales
Fire North Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Welsh Assembly Dwyfor Meirionnydd
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Coordinates: 52°47′20″N 4°05′49″W / 52.788775°N 4.096828°W / 52.788775; -4.096828

Dyffryn Ardudwy is a village and community in the Ardudwy area of Gwynedd, Wales. The ward had a population of 1,540 according to the 2011 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 on these islands. Dating from around 4000 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 of England 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 served by the Cambrian Line.


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  1. ^ "Gwynedd Statistical Profile for Dyffryn Ardudwy" (PDF). 2001. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  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. Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Dyffryn Ardudwy Golf Club, Gwynedd", "Golf’s Missing Links".