Cerrigydrudion was one of the main staging posts in the 19th century on Thomas Telford’s great engineering achievement, the road built across mid Wales and now known as the A5. The village is home to the ancient Church of St Mary Magdalene thought to have been founded in 440 AD, a few almshouses, a friendly pub and a choice of three cafes – Caffi Ty Tan Llan, The Dragonfly Cafe and Adloniant Maelor – the perfect places to stop off for a cup of tea and a Welsh cake on the way to nearby Llyn Brenig and Llyn Alwen and their watersports, walking and mountain biking facilities. Bala Lake and the national White Water Rafting Centre are also nearby.
This is an area filled with many legends and mysterious tales. Most well-known of these is the tale of Devil in Cerrigydrudion Church – thought to have taken place in the Church of St Mary Magdalene. Legend has it that the devil inhabited the local church and terrorised the villagers until the devil was tricked into leaving the church by a brave, young maiden Eira Wyn. The devil was dragged away from the village by two large oxen across the Hiraethog moors and driven to a nearby lake, known as Llyn y ddau ychain (The Lake of the Two Oxen), where the devil and both the oxen perished. So terrible were the struggles of the oxen to drag the devil away, that their hoof marks were said to have been left in the rocks.
There is evidence of human settlements around Cerrigydrudion dating from 6000 BC. The Brenig Archaeological Trail gives further information ancient settlements in the area. Visitor information can be found at the village church, where there is a history hub.
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