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Attractions come in all shapes and sizes, the countryside being one of the biggest. There are a number of walking trails, compiled and signposted to guide you through some of the best scenery in any particular area. One of the newest is the Ardudwy Way which runs 23 miles starting in Harlech and running south. http://www.ardudwyway.co.uk/
Some of the biggest and best attractions are listed here with more below.
Village & Gardens
2 Llechwedd Slate Caverns
3 Bodnant Garden
4 Electric Mountain
5 Anglesey Sea Zoo
6 Llangollen Wharf
7 Bodelwyddan Castle
8 Marquess of Anglesey Column
9 Great Orme
10 Welsh Mountain Zoo
Slate has always been a big part of the history of North Wales and still is today, with old workings now attracting visitors, explaining to them how the slate was extracted and worked. The nearest caverns to visit are the Llanfair Slate Caverns, you can take a self guided tour underground to see the working conditions of the early slate miners, visit the children's farm park or just have a coffee taking in the breathtaking views. More can be learnt about slate mining in llanberis the home of the national slate museum, the largest waterwheel in mainland Britain and the Snowdon mountain Railway, to mention just a few of the towns attractions.
Snowdonia and the surrounding countryside have long been a Mecca for hikers and climbers, if you would like to experience some of the wonderful countryside on offer then try one of our organized short break holidays exploring the best Snowdonia has to offer.
For the latest news from the area try the local Newspaper, you may even find a new job, but you will certainly get a fell of the area and it's people. More information can be found from Gwynedd county council, they have a wealth of knowledge to share with pages on tourism, travel, community issues and the local environment.
The Flag of Wales incorporates the red dragon (Y Ddraig Goch) of Prince Cadwalader along with the Tudor colours of green and white. It was used by Henry VII at the battle of Bosworth in 1485 after which it was carried in state to St. Paul's Cathedral. The red dragon was then included in the Tudor royal arms to signify their Welsh descent. It was officially recognised as the Welsh national flag in 1959. The British Union Flag incorporates the flags of Scotland, Ireland and England but does not have any Welsh representation. Technically, however, it is represented by the flag of England due to the Laws in Wales act of 1535 which annexed Wales following the Thirteenth Century conquest.
The Flag of Owain Glyndŵr, which has 4 squares alternating in red and yellow and then a rampant lion in each square of the opposite colour. Some believe that this is the true flag of Wales arguing that Owain Glyndŵr was the last real Prince of Wales.
The Dragon, part of the national flag design, is also a popular Welsh symbol. The oldest recorded use of the dragon to symbolise Wales is from the Historia Brittonum, written around 820, but it is popularly supposed to have been the battle standard of King Arthur and other ancient Celtic leaders. This myth is likely to have originated from Merlin's vision of a Red (The Native Britons) and White (The Saxon Invaders) dragon battling, with the Red dragon being victorious. Following the annexation of Wales by England, the dragon was used as a supporter in the English monarch's coat of arms
The Flag of Saint David is most commonly seen flying on Saint David's Day. The Flag of Saint David (Baner Dewi Sant).
In the 19th. century many Welsh people, unhappy with conditions at home, left for new pastures overseas. Most of these headed for America but just a few sailed for the even more exotic destination of Patagonia in South America.
Why Patagonia? Michael D. Jones was a nonconformist minister whose mother had been evicted by a great Welsh landowner, Sir Watkin Williams Wynn. In those days landlords had no compunction in evicting farming tenants who did not support their political views or ambitions and were notorious for their rigid interpretation of the game laws. Catching a rabbit for the pot on one of the great estates could be a very risky activity. Like many other religious leaders of his day Jones looked to emigration as a solution for the problems of his flock. He had come to realise that in the second generation Welsh emigrants to America tended to lose their language and some of their national characteristics, so decided to locate his flock in Patagonia which was thought to be fertile and known to be sparsely populated. He sent out two people to report and based on their findings made an arrangement with the Argentine government to reserve land in a place called Chubut Valley.
On the 24th May 1865 the ship Mimosa, of 450 tons, left Liverpool for South America carrying 163 (or according to some accounts 153) men women and children. The cost for a ticket was 48 British pounds and this price included food, although passengers had to bring their own mess utensils and bedding. The ship arrived at Golfo Nuevo on 28th July 1865 and the party landed to begin their lives as agriculturalists in a new land. Strangely enough, there was only one farmer in the group and this might explain some of the problems they were to face. Drought and occasional flooding made their work difficult and there were times when the enterprise seemed doomed. Despite this a second ship brought more emigrants from Wales and both the Argentine and the British governments aided the colony. It survives to the present day.
Michael Jones seems to have been right in his assessment of the language issue since a Patagonian correspondent tells me that her father and grandparents still keep the language although this is interspersed with some Spanish - and English names for fruit and vegetables. Patagonia also has some bilingual schools.