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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
Ganllwyd shown within Gwynedd
Population 179 (2011)
OS grid reference SH726244
  • Ganllwyd
Principal area
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LL40
Dialling code 01341
Police North Wales
Fire North Wales
Ambulance Welsh
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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]


  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 14 May 2015.