A slate quarrying town at the head of the vale of Ffestiniog, on the river Dwyryd, 15 miles south of Bettws. The quarrying does not prevent this from being one of the most delightful spots in Wa1es. The vale is one of unspoilt beauty, and where the 10,000 miners go is nobody's business, for their livelihood does not create unsightly blemishes, as at Bethesda or Llanberis. Near at hand are the Cynfael Falls, 1/2mile south of the station. In three great leaps the river hurls itself down a rocky chasm to the Dwyryd below. About 2 miles along the Bala road are the Beddau Gwry Ardudwy, “the graves of the Men of Ardudwy.” This is a pleasantly wicked yarn. There used to be about thirty mounds, 3 feet high, to be seen near the road, but of these all trace has now disappeared. It was said that the men of Ardudwy, a name to be proud of, for Ardydwy is one of theoldest centres of civilisation in these islands, once marched North into the gentle Vale of Clwyd, and there seized the womenfolk and withdrew with their prizes towards Ffestiniog. But the men of the gentle vale were not so gentle themselves and pursued the rievers, who, in a battle near this site, were killed to a man. The women, however, had grown attached to their new lovers, and rather than return north with their husbands, they drowned themselves in the nearby Llyn-y-Morwynion –“the Lake of the Maidens.” The Parish church of Ffestiniog is of little architectural interest, but commands a good view of the vale and of the mountains beyond.