Hedd Wyn Heritage Centre and Llyn (Lake) Trawsfynydd - CANCELLED

06 May 2018

10:30 - 16:00

Trawsfynydd, Snowdonia
Yr Ysgwrn
Blaenau Ffestiniog
United Kingdom
LL41 4UW

Tel:01766 772508

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RPS Member£10.00 
Non RPS Member£12.00 
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Image (c) Richard Glynne Jones

Please meet at the main reception at Yr Ysgwrn.

Café facilities are available at the centre, but catering may be limited to hot drinks and a selection of cakes. Therefore, it is recommended that all attendees might wish to bring their own lunches.
There is free parking at the centre, and a charge for adults of £5.75, with a concessionary rate of £4.50. The summer opening is from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.30hrs to 16.00hrs


Landscape Photographic Note


The farm is set at the entrance to the wild and beautiful Cwm Prysor, with sweeping views of the Moelwynion and Rhynogydd mountains.

Whilst the visit provides the restored period farmhouse and buildings, small circular walks can be accessed taking you above and around the development. These offer fine and expansive views of a unique landscape.


The alternative landscape photography option is to explore Llyn (Lake) Trawsfynydd. As it is large lake, this can be undertaken from more than one location. If the lake is your preference, the optional starting locations will be offered when we initially meet. They can include the following :

  • Former nuclear power station car-park, the walk passes across the top of the dam with views of the dramatic gorge. There are fine views of the lake from its northern end, and the walk takes you to wild landscape of the Rhinogydd Mountains.
  • Near the former power station walk south on a scenic lakeside path with fantastic lake views, and across the waters to the Rhinogydd Mountains.

  • Basing yourself in the village of Trawsfynydd, locate and cross the southern lake using the metal pedestrian bridge from where you can explore the western lakeside area.

  • Fourthly, it is possible to use your motor vehicle to access and explore the western area of the lake.

With careful time management, it is feasible to visit Yr Ysgwrn, and explore at least one section of the beautiful landscape that dominates Llyn Trawsfynydd.



Literary Context

Ellis Humphrey Evans, whose bardic name has been immortalised as Hedd Wyn (Peaceful Wyn), surely ranks among the great British poets of the last century. His brilliant verse is of course denied to all those without a sufficient command of the Welsh language to appreciate its scope and grandeur.

2017 marked the centenary of Hedd Wyn’s untimely death at the Battle of Pilkem Ridge on the 31st July 1917. Prior to his demise, he had submitted his poem “Yr Arwr” (The Hero) to the National Eisteddfod of Wales. With huge poignancy and emotion, he was posthumously awarded the chair. At the ceremony, the chair was draped in black. Ever since it has been known as “Y Gadair Du” or the Black Chair.

The shadow of the Great War fell over the Eisteddfod, and Hedd Wyn became a symbol of the tragic loss of Wales during the War. The empty chair is symbolic of all the other empty chairs in homes throughout Wales.

In the early 1990s the name of Hedd Wyn came to prominence with the release of the eponymous film which was the first Welsh language film nominated for an Academy Award.


Yr Ysgwrn was the family home of Hedd Wyn. Thanks to grant funding, and help from the Welsh Government, Yr Ysgwrn has been lovingly restored, incorporating a heritage centre dedicated to the life and work of Hedd Wyn. All the poet’s eisteddfod chairs, including the Back Chair are on display.


The challenge to landscape photographers is to interpret the love Hedd Wyn had for his home landscape which is expressed is several pieces of this poetic output. It may be possible to express the poignancy of Hedd Wyn’s life and tragic demise through the bleakly beautiful Meirionnydd landscape.


I leave you with the words of the poet:


Y Moelwyn
Oer ei drum, garw’i dremynt – yw erioed,
A’i rug iddo’n emrynt;
Iach oror praidd a cherrynt
A’i greigiau’n organau’r gwynt.


Ever cold, and rough its brows – where the flocks
Roam its heathery furrows;
An organ, as the high wind blows
Howling in rocky hollows.


Richard Glynne Jones
Email the event organiser
07974 235840

Region: North WalesGroup(s): Landscape