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near Hendre, Conwy.





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The path heading west from the church

Follow the long and winding road to the ancient church and Holy Well of

The site of the old church is high above the Conwy valley, in the shelter of Tal y Fan. Several footpaths converge here. For many years these would have been the main routes between the Conwy valley and the settlements over the hills in Penmaenmawr and west toward Caernarfon and Anglesey. Today you will find walkers enjoying the easy terrain provided by the rolling hills en route to sites such as Aber Falls.

The Old Church of Llangelynin The Holy Well of St Celynin Location

A few pictures of the Old Church

The nave of the church is the oldest part, to which the present chancel was added in the 15th century. In the following century, north and south chapels, a south porch and a new east window were added. In 1800 the south chapel and the gallery were demolished, but the church has remained essentially unchanged since then.

An interesting inscription on the walls above the font.

The font.


The Holy Well of St. Celynin.

The Well is situated in the left hand corner of the church yard as you enter. It is a small rectangular pool surrounded by high stone walls and stone seats. The well was famous for its power to cure sick children.

The footings of an ancient inn for those crossing the mountain can be found close to the churchyard gate, and nearby of an early round hut which it might be tempting to associate with St Celynin, believed to have lived in the 6th century AD.


The church is about 4 miles south of Conwy, situated high above the Conwy valley.
On leaving Conwy by the Upper Gate Street follow the road to Hendre for approximately 3 miles. The church is found at the end of a narrow steeply climbing single track lane. There is parking through the gateway at the top of the lane. Cross the stile on the left and the church is just over the small hill.

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