The church standing here today dates mostly from the 15th and 16th centuries – indeed the tower is dated to 1534 by an inscription on the wall. The first church on this site was built in the 6th century by Einion (or Engan), who is said to be buried here. St Einion’s Well nearby was traditionally sought out for its healing properties. This is another of the Lleyn Peninsula’s churches that was enlarged in order to cater for the huge numbers of pilgrims who made their way to Bardsey Island. St Engan’s is most famous for its two 16th-century screens, said to be among the best of their kind in Wales. Also in the church is an ancient wooden chest, used to collect donations from the pilgrims. The church may be locked, contact the churchwardens or vicar.
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The county of Gwynedd is home to most of the Snowdonia National Park – including the wettest spot in Britain, an arête running up to Snowdon’s summit that receives an average annual rainfall of 4,473mm. With its mighty peaks, rivers and strong Welsh heritage (it has the highest proportion of Welsh-speakers in all of Wales), it’s always been an extremely popular place to visit and live. The busiest part is around Snowdon; around 750,000 people climb, walk or ride the train to the summit each year.
Also in Gwynedd is the Llyn Peninsula, a remote part of Wales sticking 30 miles out into the Irish Sea. At the base of the peninsula is Porthmadog, a small town linked to Snowdonia by two steam railways – the Welsh Highland Railway and the Ffestiniog Railway. Other popular places are Criccieth, with a castle on its headland overlooking the beach, Pwllheli, and Abersoch and the St Tudwal Islands. Elsewhere, the peninsula is all about wildlife, tranquillity, and ancient sacred sites. Tre’r Ceiri hill fort is an Iron Age settlement set beside the coastal mountain of Yr Eifl, while Bardsey Island, at the tip of the peninsula, was the site of a fifth-century Celtic monastery.
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