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Stone built house and chapel at Y Ganllwyd - - 542558.jpg
Stone house and chapel in Ganllwyd
Ganllwyd is located in Gwynedd
Location within Gwynedd
Population179 (2011)
OS grid referenceSH726244
  • Ganllwyd
Principal area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtLL40
Dialling code01341
PoliceNorth Wales
FireNorth Wales
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
List of places
52°48′04″N 3°53′17″W / 52.801°N 3.888°W / 52.801; -3.888Coordinates: 52°48′04″N 3°53′17″W / 52.801°N 3.888°W / 52.801; -3.888

Ganllwyd is a small village and community in southern Gwynedd, Wales. It lies in the Snowdonia National Park to the north of Dolgellau. A470 passes through it. The Community population taken at the 2011 Census was 179.[1]


The village, which lies where the old Roman road used to ford the River Eden just before it joins with the rivers Mawddach and River Gamlan has 3 large waterfalls and many smaller ones all within Coed y Brenin (the forest of the king).


The village includes Dolmelynllyn Hall (now a Hotel and owned by the National Trust), and the area is also referred to as Dolmelynllyn. One author suggests an Arthurian link to the village but there is no other corroboration.

The village is now surrounded by Forestry Commission and National Trust parkland of conifers and oaks. A large area of surrounding ancient oak woodland is a designated SSSI and has a particularly rich temperate maritime Bryophyte community. The forest has a group of Wellingtonia planted in the early 20th century and Dolmelynllyn has two trees dating from the 1850s in the meadow, one being the second largest in Wales . The forests are full of wildlife, with deer, red squirrels, pine martens, polecats, otters, and other mammals, and a variety of birds from black grouse to merlins, buzzards, and red kites. There are many walks from the village into the forest, and several free car parks.[citation needed]


Ganllwyd has a community council, responsible for maintenance of local footpaths, footbridges and, until 2017, public toilets.[2] At 179, the community council has the smallest population of any council in Wales.[3]

For elections to Gwynedd County Council Ganllwyd is part of a combined Brithdir and Llanfachreth/Ganllwyd/Llanelltyd electoral ward.


  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Community news: Ganllwyd". Cambrian News. 22 March 2017. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  3. ^ Professor Michael Woods (2013). "Developing a Comprehensive Understanding of Community and Town Councils in Wales" (PDF). Aberystwyth University. ISBN 978-1-4734-0874-6. Retrieved 20 September 2018.