Berthlwyd Hall Holiday Park Blog

Interest Points: The Old Llangelynnin Church.

Interest Points: The Old Llangelynnin Church.

Located up the road from Berthlwyd Hal Holiday Park is what is thought to be one of the oldest and remotest Churches in Wales, Eglwys Llangelynnin. On a nice day it would make for a lovely walk from the park or if you don’t fancy the long uphill walk up the lane, there is restricted space to park nearby… Although you will still have to walk to reach the Church, it is one of the most remote after all!

The church is simple in its construction and is thought to date back to the 1100s and was probably predated by a simpler timber structure. The doors remain open and entry is free for visitors, and with lots of old artefacts and inscriptions dating back centuries, there is plenty to see and explore.

The site of the Church is located right next to an Iron age hut circle which has plenty of stories itself. Our favourite ones being that is was the residence of St. Celyn, the namesake of the Church, or even cockfighting ring!

Artefacts in the church include twist-turned altar railings from the 16th Century. The Creed, the Lord’s Prayer and the Ten Commandments, all in Welsh were revealed after the removal of a pulpit. The inscription “Fear God and honour the King”, together with scrollwork, can clearly be seen today, as can a skull and cross-bones! The Welsh version of the Lord’s Prayer, on the sill, is hardly visible, after vandalism.

Outside the walled Churchyard there is a ‘holy well’ as well as gravestones dating back to the 14th century.

From the Church there is lots of open land to explore on Conwy mountain where you can easily spend the day hiking or walking with the dog.