Llan Ffestiniog, also known as Llan or simply Ffestiniog, is a small village in the county of Gwynedd, approximately 3 miles south of Blaenau Ffestiniog. The village consists of rows of dark stone and slate roofed houses with a few shops and as many chapels. It stands amongst some dramatic scenery; to the east there is the open moorland wilderness of the Migneint; to the south and west is the beautiful Vale of Ffestiniog, a deep sheltered valley of thick woodland, tumbling rivers and green meadows.
My pictures of the village were taken on a late autumn day when the travelling fairground came to town, and, although it was a bit nippy, when the setting sun shines on this westerly facing landscape the striking views certainly warm the heart. I particularly like two pictures of Llan Ffestiniog residents. In the first picture the local lads are juxtaposed against an old stone built shop with a date of 1726 above the doorway. What would the original shopkeeper have thought of the youth's mobile phone The second picture has another bunch of locals, a group of well-behaved Welsh sheep, who kindly posed against a backdrop of the rolling slopes of Manod Mawr.
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