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Coordinates: 53°06′18″N 3°54′47″W / 53.105°N 3.913°W / 53.105; -3.913

Capel Curig
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St Julitta's Church
Capel Curig is located in Wales2
Capel Curig

 Capel Curig shown within Wales
Population 226 
OS grid reference SH720582
Community Capel Curig
Principal area Conwy
Ceremonial county Clwyd
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BETWS-Y-COED
Postcode district LL24
Dialling code 01690
Police
Fire
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
List of places: UK • Wales •

Capel Curig (English: Curig's Chapel) is a village and community in Conwy County Borough, in Wales. It lies in the heart of Snowdonia, on the River Llugwy, and has a population of 226.[1] It is at the junction of the A5 road from Bangor and Bethesda to Betws-y-Coed with the A4086 road from Caernarfon, Llanberis, Pen-y-Pass and Pen-y-Gwryd.

Capel Curig is recorded as being as the wettest place in Wales [1], although the weather station is in Dyffryn Mymbyr, a couple of miles out of the village, in the direction of Snowdon.

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Name

Capel Curig takes its name from the little Saint Julitta's Church in the ancient graveyard by the river bridge on the Llanberis road. This confusingly has been known for over 100 years as St. Julitta's Church and is currently being restored by the "Friends of Saint Julitta". Tradition claims this chapel to be the 6th century foundation of St. Curig, a Celtic bishop. Centuries later, probably when the present ancient church was built, the name appears to have been Latinised as Cyricus, which is the name of a 4th century child martyr whose mother was Julitta. They are usually named together as Saints Quiricus and Julietta.

Evan Roberts

Capel Curig was home to one of the finest examples of a self-taught botanist, certainly in the UK, if not wider - Evan Roberts.[2] Evan Roberts lived at Gelli in Capel Curig where he lived and would explore all of Snowdonia, and in doing so compiled an unparalleled knowledge of the plant life in North Wales. Although he spent the first 40 years of his life as a quarry worker, he went on to become the colleague of academics. He was awarded the honorary degree of M.Sc. of the University of Wales, in 1956, at the same ceremony as the architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and his portrait was painted by Kyffin Williams.

Roman Fort

Approximately one kilometre beyond Pont Cyfyng, towards the south east end of Capel Curig, on the farm of Bryn Gefeiliau there are the remains of a Roman fort (c90-100AD) and named Caer Llugwy by its excavators[3] [2]. In 1920 excavations undertaken by J.P. Hall and Captain G.H. Hodgson revealed a roughly square Roman fort of approximately 4 acres (16,000 m2). Some stone buildings were uncovered and traced.

Activity centre

The village is a popular centre for walking, climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking and other outdoor pursuits and is served by the Sherpa bus network. It is also home to a youth hostel, Army training camp, a camp site, several cafes and hotels and outdoor activity gear shops.

Wolverhampton City Council have since 1961 operated 'The Towers' outdoors activity centre just outside of Capel Curig. The centre facilitates walking, climbing, a variety of watersports and field studies on a schdule that is adapted day to day according to the prevailing weather conditions and to the abilities and needs of individuals and groups.

Also located in Capel Curig is the UK National Mountain Centre at Plas y Brenin, which offers the highest quality mountaineering, climbing, canoeing facilities and training. One mile east of the village on the A5 is Ty Hyll, home of the Snowdonia Society

References

  1. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Conwy
  2. ^ Robin Gwyndaf (2006). The Mountain Man. A portrayal of Evan Roberts, Capel Curig, rockman, botanist and conservationist. Capel Curig: Friends of St. Julitta's Church. ISBN 0-9552995-0-0.  
  3. ^ J.P. Hall (November-December 1923). "Caer Llygwy: the Roman Fort between Capel Curig and Betws-y-Coed". The Classical Review vol. 37 (no. 7/8): 186.  

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Capel Curig is a village in Gwynedd, popular with climbers and hillwalkers due to its location in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. There is an important road junction here, where the A5 continues between the Glyderau and Carneddau mountain ranges to Bangor and the A4085 turns further south to Llanberis.

Get in

By car

Capel Curig is on the historic A5 London to Holyhead trunk road.

By train

The nearest station is at Betws y Coed, 5 miles away.

See

Moel Siabod is a lovely peak rising from here.

  • Plas y Brenin[1] - the National Mountain Centre. 01690 720214. Offers courses in Hillwalking, Rock Climbing, Kayaking, Canoeing, Orienteering, Skiing and more. The centre has a pool, climbing walls, ropes course and a dry ski slope.
  • YHA Capel Curig [2], Plas Curig, Capel Curig. 0870 770 5746. 54 beds. Family rooms available.
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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

CAPEL CURIG, a tourist resort in Carnarvonshire, North Wales, 142 m. from Bangor. It is a collection of a few houses, too scattered to form a village properly so called. At the Roberts hotel is shown on a window pane the supposed signature of Wellington. The road from Bettws y coed, past the Swallow Falls to Capel Curig, and thence to Llanberis and Carnarvon, is very interesting, grand and lonely. Excellent fishing is to be had here, chiefly for trout. In summer, coaching tours discharge numbers of visitors daily; the railway station is Bettws (London & NorthWestern railway). Capel Curig means "chapel of Curig," a British saint mentioned in Welsh poetry. The place is a centre for artists, geologists and botanists, for the ascent of Snowdon, Moel Siabod, Glydyr Fawr, Glydyr Fach, Tryfan, &c., and for visiting Llyn Ogwen, Llyn Idwal, Twll du (Devil's Kitchen), Nant Ffrancon and the Penrhyn quarries.


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