Penygroes, Gwynedd

Penygroes, Gwynedd

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Penygroes is a large village in northwestern Wales. The village is located to the south of Caernarfon and north of Porthmadog along the A487. Penygroes' population stands at 1,680, of which 88% are Welsh-speaking, making it one of the most predominately Welsh-speaking areas of the country.

History and amenities

It is located in the former slate quarrying area of Dyffryn Nantlle, although most of the quarries are now closed down. However it remains the valley's main shopping and administrative centre. Its biggest employer is a paper converting plant producing hand tissues and toilet rolls.

It lies in the parish of Llanllyfni, and nearby villages are Carmel, Talysarn, Nantlle, Tanrallt, Nebo, Pont Lloc and Groeslon.

It is the site of the area's comprehensive school, Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle (opera star Bryn Terfel's old school), and the once-legendary football team Nantlle Vale, which used to be managed by the professional wrestler and promoter Orig Williams, better known by his ring name of El Bandito. The club's former social complex has in recent years been demolished, and a brand new police station and arrest suite now occupies the site.

The cyclepath Lôn Eifion passes through the village, following the path of the former Bangor-to-Afonwen branch railway line, which was closed in 1964.

Penygroes lies by the edge of Lord Newborough's former estate at Glynllifon, from which several medieval legends have emanated. The character Lleu Llaw Gyffes, who features in the ages-old...
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