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					   Chalet 122, Trawsfynydd Holiday Village,
            Bronaber, North Wales

Introduction
Chalet 122 is part of Trawsfynydd Holiday village, at Bronaber, on the Southern fringes of
the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. The village is made up of 300 privately
owned Norwegian style log cabins overlooking the magnificent Rhinog mountains to the
West.

We have owned our Chalet since the mid 1990's and let the property out to friends,
family, and colleagues.
Directions to the Chalet
The Chalet is part of 'Trawsfynydd Holiday Village' located at Bronaber, on the A470
between Dolgellau and Trawsfynydd.




If you are driving from the South of the UK, the easiest route is via Birmingham, the M54,
and the A5 through Llangollen. From the A5 after Langollen and Corwen, take the turning
signposted to Bala on to the A494. Arriving at Bala, turn right on to the A4212 towards
Trawsfynydd. At the end of this road, turn left on to the A470 and proceed for just over
two miles, looking out for the signpost to the holiday village on the left - being a straight,
fast road, it is easy to miss this turning.

For a step-by-step guide on how to get to the holiday village from your location, go to the
RAC RoutePlanner website. Enter your post-code as the starting point, with LL41 4UR as
the destination post-code.
Once in to the holiday village, proceed past the site office and general store for 100 yards
or so. At the point where this road bends to the left, take the right hand turning that goes
straight ahead. Chalet 122 is on the right after a few yards. Pull close in to the Chalet as
the parking space is shared with the property next door.



Facilities
                                                 Kitchen

                                                 The well equipped kitchen has a full sized
                                                 electric cooker, microwave oven,
                                                 refrigerator with small freezer
                                                 compartment, kettle, toaster, and
                                                 cooking / cleaning utensils. There are also
                                                 basic condiments provided such as tea,
                                                 coffee, sugar, salt and pepper, etc., and
                                                 enough utensils to cater for up to six
                                                 people.


                                                 Main living area

                                                 The main living area of the Chalet is fully
                                                 carpeted and comprises table and chairs,
                                                 a double sofa-bed, storage heater, plus a
                                                 colour television and video. There is also
                                                 a selection of books, maps, and board
                                                 games.


                                                 WC and Shower room

                                                 The WC and shower room has an electric
                                                 shaving socket over the wash basin, and
What you will need to bring with you             a heated towel rail. The shower is an
                                                 enclosed power-shower.
Duvets, Pillows, and blankets are
provided for each bed, but you will need
to take your own sheets, duvet covers,           Bedrooms
and pillow cases. You will also need to
take your own towels.                            There are two bedrooms in the Chalet.
                                                 The main bedroom has two single beds, a
                                                 wardrobe, and an electric heater. The
                                                 second bedroom has a double bunkbed, a
                                                 wardrobe, and an electric heater.
Tariffs
Rent is charged for the hire of the property itself, including electricity, and is not linked to
the number of people staying. These rates are for the duration 1st January 2005 to 31st
December 2005 and are irrespective of season or school holidays.


Cost per night:            £33
Cost per week:             £200


Once we have confirmed your booking, please send us a cheque made payable to Mr P J
Shaw to Kylemore, The Ridge, Cold Ash, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 9HX.



Nearby Towns
The on-site shop at Trawsfynydd Holiday Village sells basic supplies such as bread, milk,
and newspapers. However, for a better range of provisions, it is necessary to head to one
of the major towns in the locality such as Dolgellau, Porthmadog, or Blaenau Ffestiniog.




Trawsfynydd

Trawsfynydd (pronounced 'Trouse-vinn-ith' and often referred to as just 'Traws') village,
some three miles north of Bronaber, is the nearest collection of shops, with a Spar, a
newsagent, a cafe and a very good butcher. For basic goods and very good quality meat,
Trawsfynydd is ample, but for a weekly shop, head to Dolgellau, Porthmadog, or Blaenau
Ffestiniog.
Porthmadog

Porthmadog (pronounced 'Porth-ma-dog' or anglicised to 'Porth-Maddock') is a harbour
town with its heydey in the slate mining era of the nineteenth and early twentieth century.
Slate was mined in the surrounding mountains and transported mostly by narrow-guage
railway to Porthmadog where it was further transported by ship. Evidence of this history
can be found throughout the town, not least at the terminus of the Ffestiniog Railway.




Porthmadog is easily the best equipped town in the locality as far as shops are concerned.
A Tescos superstore is complimented by other chain stores such as Co-op and
Woolworths, and other independent stores you would expect to find in a medium size
town. There is also no shortage of tourist shops selling postcards, and locally made crafts
and souvenirs. A large car park next to the Co-op supermarket means that parking is
usually very easy in Porthmadog.

Dolgellau

Dolgellau (pronounced 'Doll-geth-lie') lies to the South of Bronaber near the junction of
the A470 and A494. A historic town built on the wool trade, its picturesque streets and
alleyways contain mainly small independent shops dealing in arts and crafts, and other
outlets catering for outdoor pursuits. There is a Somerfield and Kwiksave supermarket.


Blaenau Ffestiniog

Blaenau Ffestiniog (pronounced 'Bligh-nigh Fess-tinny-ogg', and often referred to as just
'Blaenau') is at the centre of the North Wales slate industry, with the biggest slate mines
in the world surrounding this small town. The Ffestiniog Railway from Porthmadog
terminates here, which once transported the slate away for export. As far as shops are
concerned, there are Co-op and Somerfield supermarkets, a baker, and a butcher, as well
as numerous craft and souvenir shops. Parking is not so easy in this town with narrow
streets and small car parks.
                     Things to do in the local area

Fishing

The rivers in this part of the country are
mainly fast flowing and rocky.
Consequently, they are the domain of
mainly game fish such as Salmon, Brown
Trout, and Migratory Trout. Course fishing
can be found in the still waters of man
made and natural lakes, while the
Chalet's proximity to the coastline means
that sea fishing is only a 30 minute drive
away.


Lake Trawsfynydd

Lake Trawsfynydd is a very large body of
water situated only a couple of miles
North of Trawsfynydd Holiday Village on
the A470. The lake is stocked with
Rainbow Trout, and there are also Brown
Trout, Perch and Rudd to be caught.
Unlike many Trout waters, fishing method
is not just confined to fly fishing.

The fishing season is March to September
for Brown Trout, and February to
December for Rainbow Trout and course
fish. Permits are available from the
Newsagents in Trawsfynydd Village.
http://www.trawsfynydd.com/index.php?loc=11




Mawddach River

The Mawddach River begins in the mountains behind the Chalet, and is joined by
tributaries such as the River Wnion, on the way to the sea at Barmouth. The river is
known for it's Salmon and migratory Trout fishing, and again, fishing methods are not just
confined to fly fishing, but spinning and live bait also. Day tickets are available for the
waters from Selected outlets. Visit the Dolgellau Angling Association website for more
information about fishing these rivers, and also Llyn Cynwch, a trout fishing lake near
Dolgellau.
http://www.dolgellauanglingassociation.co.uk/
Mountain biking

Mountain-biking is a sport that has taken off over the last few years, no where more so
than North Wales where there are hundreds of miles of forest track, ranging from the wide
open fire trails, to the technically demanding 'singletrack' snaking its way through the pine
forests. The Forestry Commission has taken a very proactive approach to recreation,
particularly so for mountain biking, and has actively encouraged the creation of several
purpose built mountain biking sights within the local area.


Coed Y Brenin

Situated just three miles from
Trawsfynydd Holiday Village, Coed Y
Brenin is the centre of mountain biking in
the UK. Several purpose built circular
waymarked trails have been constructed
from easy short routes, to long hard
routes with steep climbs and fast
downhills. There is also a short but
technically demanding track called the
'Red Bull Trail' with tricky rock-strewn
descents and virtually impossible climbs.

http://www.mbwales.com/coed_y_brenin/index.
htm



Gwydyr Forest

Gwydyr Forest is near to Betws Y Coed, which is considered to be one of the prettiest
towns in North Wales. Built in conjunction with the Forestry Commision and Marin
mountain bikes, the Marin Trail is a circular waymarked trail offering the same sort of
riding as the longer routes at Coed Y Brenin. For less experienced riders there is also
gentler riding through the forest on fire roads.

http://www.mbwales.com/gwydyr_forest/index.htm


Machynlleth

The trails around Machynlleth begin and end in the town, and again, are purpose built
mountain biking trails for all abilities.

http://www.mbwales.com/machynlleth/index.htm


Snowdon

The bridleways and paths to the summit of Snowdon are prone to severe erosion from the
hundreds of walkers who climb this mountain. It is possible to cycle to the top of Snowdon
from Llanberis, following the route of the railway. However, due to the nature of the path
and its shared status, there are strict guidelines as to when you can do this; From October
until the end of April, cycling is allowed, but for the rest of the year, the only time you can
cycle on the Snowdon summit path is before 10am or after 5pm.

http://www.eryri-npa.co.uk/recreation/cycling/restrictions.php


The Mawddach Trail

For gentler, flatter riding, nothing is is easier to cycle than the eight mile stretch of
disused railway line from Barmouth to Dolgellau.

http://www.eryri-npa.co.uk/recreation/cycling/mawddach.php




Walking
Trawsfynydd Holiday Village, Bronaber, is located right in the centre of the Snowdonia
National Park, which offers an almost endless array of walking and hiking possibilities.
From gentle riverside strolls, to hard-slog mountain climbs, Snowdonia abounds in
spectacular and rugged scenery.

Below is a very small selection of some of these walks, with rough maps provided as an
indication to their location and route. When walking out on the hills in Snowdonia, always
take detailed maps showing contour lines and landmarks - these are available in the
Chalet. Alternatively, maps printed on waterproof post-cards are available to purchase
from the site shop.


The Gold Mine Walk, Coed Y Brenin

Coed Y Brenin, just three miles south of
Trawsfynydd Holiday Village, Bronaber,
offers plenty of riverside and wooded
walks through Scotts Pine forest. The
Mountains around this part of North
Wales are rich in Gold, and the precious
metal continues to be mined around the
area.

The short walk to the old Gold Mine
follows a wide track next to a fast flowing
river up to spectacular waterfalls. This
walk, and other walks in the Coed Y
Brenin forest are waymarked by the
famous 'footprint' signs.
Gelerts Grave Walk, Beddgelert

The Welsh placename 'Beddgelert'                track bed which can be followed down to
translates to 'Gelerts Grave' in English.       the tunnel - now closed to walkers
Legend has it that Gelerts master               following the decision to rebuild the
returned to his house to find his baby son      railway from Porthmadog through to
missing, and his dog Gelert with blood          caenarfon.
around his mouth. Gelerts master
immediately jumped to the conclusion
that the dog had eaten the baby, and so
in a fit of rage, thrust his sword through
Gelert. As Gelert lay dying, the sound of
the baby could be heard hidden away
from view, with the body of a slain wolf
by its side. Gelert had killed the wolf to
protect the baby.

This short, flat walk takes in amazing
views of the surrounding countryside and
the Aberglaslyn pass, together with the
Shrine that Gelerts master supposedly
built for his faithful dog. The walk also
crosses the old Welsh Highland Railway



The Precipice Walk and the New Precipice Walk, near Dolgellau

The word 'precipice' conjours up images of traversing dangerous steep mountains.
However, the Precipice Walk and the New Precipice Walk could not be further from the
truth. The original Precipice Walk follows the contour around a steep mountainside, at a
constant height above sea level, meaning that it is a flat and very easy walk. High up in
the hills above the Mawddach Estuary, the views of the river and valleys are stunning. The
New Precipice Walk is similarly flat albeit from the climb up to the Walk which follows the
route of an old tram track for some of the way.
Various tracks to Snowdon summit

There are six main tracks up to the
summit of Snowdon - Watkins Path,
Miners Track, Pyg Track, Snowdon
Ranger, Rhyd Ddu path, and the Llanberis
Path. The easiest climb to the top is on
the Llanberis Path which follows the route
of the Snowdon Railway. One of the
hardest is said to be the Pyg Track.
Whichever one you choose, it's a hard
slog to the top, and the way down isn't
always as easy as the way up.




Cnicht circular walk, Croesor

                                             Cnicht is a distinctively shaped mountain,
                                             pointed at the top, and often mistaken for
                                             Snowdon, being similar in appearance. In
                                             reality, Cnicht is a much smaller
                                             mountain than Snowdon, but the views
                                             from the top are equally as spectacular.

                                             This walk is a circular walk taking in the
                                             peak of Cnicht first, and returning
                                             through circumnavigating the deep valley
                                             below.




Walk from the Chalet to Craig Y Penmaen


Being high up in the hills in the heart of
Snowdonia, there are walks that you can
do straight from the Chalet. This walk
goes up a steep hill behind the Rhiw Goch
pub, and joins a path across sheep
farming country to a rocky outcrop called
Craig Y Penmaen, with views over the
holiday village and the valley beyond.
There are also remnants of an old gold
mine, long since abandoned.
Various tracks to the summit of Cader Idris

Cader Idris is not as well known as Snowdon, but the various walks up to the summit of
this mountain are no less challenging. There are three main paths to the top, the
Minffordd Path, the Ty Nant Path, and the Llanfihangel Y Pennant Path. The easiest path is
the Llanfihangel Y Pennant route, but it is also the longest. The Minffordd path is the
shortest route, but also the steepest, while the Ty Nant route is said to have the best
views. Whichever path you choose to the summit of Cader Idris, be sure that it is no less
a demanding mountain to climb than Snowdon.




Other outdoor activities within the local area
The mountains, rivers, and valleys present create a host of other opportunities for
enjoying the fresh air of the Snowdonia countryside. Below is an example of other
activities on offer.


White water rafting

Canolfan Tryweryn National Whitewater Centre claim to be the UK's largest and most well
respected white water rafting centre. Situated beneath a dam near Bala, the centre has
the benefit of knowing that there is a constant supply of river rapids.


Pony Trekking

There are a few Pony Trekking outfits in North Wales. Abergwynant Farm is one example
that offers pony trekking for all abilities, and is situated close by, just near to Dolgellau.
Rock Climbing

The rock faces and mountains around Snowdonia are ideal playgrounds for experienced
climbers - a popular climbing location is the rock face on the Tremadog to Beddgelert
road. There is also a popular indoor climbing centre at Llanberis called Beacon Climbing
Centre.


Going to the beach

Not so much an option in the winter, but in the summer the beaches can be absolutely
beautiful. Black Rock Sands near Porthmadog is a giant beach stretching for miles and
miles and has the added bonus of doubling up as a car park, ie you can drive on to the
beach, pick your spot and park there! Barmouth, a bit further down the coast, is more of a
traditional seaside town with a seasonal fun fair and good beach.



Tourist attractions within easy reach of Bronaber

Portmeirion Italianate Village

Made famous by the BBC television series 'The Prisoner', Portmeirion village is built on a
peninsular near to Porthmadog. The land was acquired by a noted architect, William
Clough Ellis, who set out to create a village of exceptional beauty that blended in perfectly
with its surroundings of mountains and sandy beaches.




http://www.portmeirion-village.com/en/index.php
Castles

Wales is steeped in History, and its
ongoing wars through the ages with
various countries (mainly England) has
resulted in a number of castles and
fortifications built throughout North
Wales. Caernarfon, Criccieth, and Harlech
are some of the finest examples of these
castles. They have withstood the
elements for hundreds of years and are
all open to the public.




Ffestiniog Railway

The Ffestiniog Railway snakes its way from the harbour at Porthmadog through
spectacular scenery to the slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. High quality slate has
been mined since the 18th century, and until the early 20th century was transported by
rail to Porthmadog. Left to decline and then closed completely in the 1940's, a group of
enthusiasts worked to rebuild the railway. Part of the project involved having to
circumnavigate a new dam, built as part of a Hydro-electric scheme. But by the mid 80's
the railway was reopened along its full original length to Blaenau Ffestiniog. It is now one
of the most popular tourist attractions in North Wales.

http://www.festrail.co.uk/
Llechwedd Slate Caverns

Slate is still mined around Blaenau Ffestiniog, although not on the same scale as it once
was, and of course by using much more efficient methods. The old mines of Llechwedd
and Gloddfa Ganol have been turned in to tourist attractions with guided tours of the
caverns and mining tunnels that was once home to a workforce numbered in their
thousands. The overall experienced is fascinating.

http://www.llechwedd-slate-caverns.co.uk/


Sygun Copper Mine

Another tourist attraction built from the rubble of yesterdays industry, Sygun Copper Mine
is an example of 19th century copper mining in North Wales. There are guided tours of
the old mine shafts and tunnels, as well as the industrial workings outside of the mine. It
is open all year round and located near to Beddgelert.

http://www.syguncoppermine.co.uk/


Snowdon Railway

Snowdon is the highest mountain of any
peaks in Wales and England. You can get
up there the hard way, or you can relax
in the comfort of an enclosed railway
carriage on the ambitious Llanberis to
Snowdon summit 'rack and pinion'
railway.

http://www.snowdonrailway.co.uk/




Welsh Highland Railway

The Welsh Highland Railway originally stretched from Porthmadog through the Aberglaslyn
Pass and Beddgelert, all the way to Caernarfon. The closure of the railway in the 1920's
saw the track bed fall in to disrepair, but efforts are now being made to rebuild the
railway, and at both ends there has been progress. The Welsh Highland Railway from the
Caernarfon end now stretches all the way up to Rhyd ddu, within a few miles of
Beddgelert. From the Porthmadog side, the Welsh Highland Railway stretches only a few
miles, but eventually, the two will meet, forming the longest narrow gauge railway in
Britain at almost 40 miles in length.
Dining out in the local area
The Grapes Hotel, Maentwrog

Probably the best pub in the local area,      http://www.hgt.gwynedd.gov.uk/TheGrapesHot
the Grapes Hotel is a 17th century            elMaentwrog/Default.htm
Coaching Inn, although an ancient cellar
is known to date back to the 13th
century.

The pub and restaurant are reliably
excellent, with good beers and quality
food, with a friendly atmosphere. In
addition to this, they are family friendly,
and have a seperate kids menu.

The Grapes is located a 10-minute drive
away, mid way between Bronaber and
Porthmadog.




The Rhiw Goch, Bronaber

                                              The Rhiw Goch is a 10 minute stroll up
                                              the hill from Chalet 122, and overlooks
                                              the holiday village, with views across to
                                              the Rhinog Mountains.

                                              Another pub with origins stretching back
                                              for hundreds of years, decent meals are
                                              served in the restaurant section,
                                              accompanied by a selection of good
                                              beers. Reflecting the family orientated
                                              customer base of the holiday village, the
                                              Rhiw Goch is a child friendly pub, with a
                                              large pub garden and a games room.

                                              http://www.logcabins-
                                              skiwales.co.uk/rhiwgoch.htm
The Tyn Y Groes Hotel, Ganllwyd

The Tyn-y-Groes hotel is a 16th century
coaching inn situated at Ganllwyd on the
A470 between Bronaber and Dolgellau, a
5-minute drive away from the holiday
village.

The usual standard of pub food is on
offer, with a wide variety of beers.

http://www.tynygroes.co.uk/




Frequently asked questions

Does Chalet 122 have a fixed telephone line? What is mobile telephone reception
like? Is there a pay phone nearby?
Chalet 122 does not have a fixed telephone line. However, vodafone and Orange reception
is very good at Trawsfynydd Holiday Park. A pay phone can be found next to the site
office, 2 minutes walk away.


Are there additional costs for electricity or other amenities?
No - the costs for electricity (including heating) are factored in to the daily and weekly
charge rates.


Does Chalet 122 have a washing machine?
No - but there are washing machines and tumble dryers next to the site office, which is a
two minute walk away.


Is there still a dry ski slope just above the holiday village?
No - the dry ski slope that was built next to the Rhiw Goch pub has closed down due to
falling attendance and rising insurance premiums. The site has now been re-landscaped,
and the reception area is being turned in to a bunk-house.

				
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