Pentrefoelas is a parish and a village in the Llanrwst district in Conwy County, North Wales. The village is located to the north west of Rhydlydan and to the north east of the village of Ysbyty Ifan.
Pentrefoelas straddles the A5 road some 7 miles from the popular inland resort of Betws-y-Coed. The main feature of the village of Pentrefoelas is that of an upland estate village which has not changed a great deal and which retains much of its original character. The area to the south of the church is of particular interest as this is where many of the village workshops and agricultural buildings were located, such as the smithy, the water mill, stables, dairy, shippons and the like.
Refreshments are available within the village at the famous Riverside Chocolate House & Tearoom. The cafe - inside the Chocolate shop - will tempt you with a range of sumptuous chocolate drinks (and wide range of teas and coffees), as well as beautiful home made desserts.
Or bring your own and use the riverside Picnic Area. There are a number of good pubs and hotels in the surrounding villages of the historic 'hiraethog' district.
Walks, Cycle Trails and Other Activities
The surrounding area is popular with walkers and indeed Pentrefoelas is recognised as a 'Walkers are Welcome Village'. - 'We actively promote 5 circular walks on public footpaths that begin and end in the centre of the village (two free car parks) which offer an opportunity for you to explore and enjoy walks from 2.5 miles to 9 miles. On route you can see wild flowers, beautiful ancient woodlands, birds and animals together with evidence of past times in the natural beauty of Hiraethog.'
Close by are the lakes of Llyn Alwen and Llyn Brenig. Llyn Brenig is a 920-acre reservoir, in the heart of the Denbigh Moors, used to manage the flow in the River Dee. The lake has a perimeter of some 14 miles and if you enjoy mountain biking, fishing, watersports, walks or simply admiring stunning views, pay a visit to Llyn Brenig and be impressed. A number of watersports take place on the lake, including sailing, windsurfing, rafting and canoeing.
Afon Merddwr, the Merddwr River, is a tributary of the River Conwy which divides just to the west of Pentrefoelas. The Afon Merddwr rises in the hills above the hamlet of Rhydlydan and flows past the village of Pentrefoelas before converging with the Conwy at Hendre Isaf.
The village of Pentrefoelas, known as Pentre Fidog, took its present name from “Foel Lâs”, an
ancient mound at Hen Voelas to the north of the village.
In 1195 Llewelyn ap Iorwerth (Llewelyn the Great) granted a large portion of the land
surrounding Pentrefoelas to the Abbey of Aberconwy. The charter was given to the Abbott
of Aberconwy in 1198, the area was then known as the Lordship of Hiraethog.
Levelinus Stone : An eight foot pillar, the Levelinus Stone, once stood in the village, and some sources say it marked the grave of Llewelyn ap Seisyll, the Welsh Prince reputedly killed here in battle in 1023. More reliable sources, Cadw and the Museum of Wales, state the stone commemorates the gift of land from Llywelyn ab Iorwerth (1194–1240) to the Cistercian abbey at Aberconwy described above. The inscription, cut between 1198 and 1230, can be read like a document. It plays on words, in a clever mixture of Welsh and Latin. This elaborate compliment explains Llywelyn's Latinised name.
The inscription reads : ED vidh LN DI enw alevon[e] Fortitvdi[n]e brachii mesure Leveline pri[n]ceps Norhv[a]llie.
The name Levelin is from 'llew' – lion, And from the might of 'elin' – arm.
O Levelinus, Prince of North Wales.
The Levelinus Stone is now on display in the Museum of Wales, Cardiff.
In 1822 two bronze spear heads were discovered in a field called Dol Trebeddau near Pentrefoelas.