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Bwthyn Congl-y-mynydd Cottage, Dinorwig - geograph.org.uk - 318495.jpg
Bwthyn Congl-y-mynydd Cottage, Dinorwig
Dinorwig is located in Gwynedd
Location within Gwynedd
OS grid referenceSH592616
Principal area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCaernarfon
Postcode districtLL55
Dialling code01286
PoliceNorth Wales
FireNorth Wales
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
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53°08′06″N 4°06′50″W / 53.135°N 4.114°W / 53.135; -4.114Coordinates: 53°08′06″N 4°06′50″W / 53.135°N 4.114°W / 53.135; -4.114

Dinorwig, sometimes spelled Dinorwic, is a small village located high above Llyn Padarn, near Llanberis, in North Wales. It is thought that it was part of the territory of the Ordovices tribe, and that 'Dinorwig' means "Fort of the Ordovices".


Dinorwig is famous for its climbing routes as it is one of the main access points for Dinorwig Quarry. It lies at the end of the 83 bus service to and from Caernarfon, currently operated by Gwynfor Coaches for Gwynedd Council, with connecting services to and from Bangor at Deiniolen.

Lodge Dinorwig, one of the most popular cafés in the area, is situated in the building that was once the village hall (Y Ganolfan).


Wild mountain goats that are often seen wandering around the Dinorwig quarry

The village has a long history of slate quarrying. The Romans used local slate for the construction of Segontium, and slates from the valley were used in the construction of Caernarfon Castle. The main local quarry was the Dinorwic Quarry, which was worked from the late 1770s until 1969. After the First World War, cheaper alternative roofing materials became available and production at the quarry declined. This led to a decline in the fortune of the village itself and many moved away to nearby towns such as Bangor and Caernarfon.

Today, the village shares its name with a pumped storage hydroelectric power station, Dinorwig power station. The village is also the location of the Blue Peris Mountain Centre, a residential outdoor activities centre operated by Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council.

Part of the film Willow was shot in the disused Dinorwig Quarry, in June 1987. The village's population is approximately 200.

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