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Originally appearing in Volume V03, Page 832 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BETTWS Y COED, an urban district of Carnarvonshire, North Wales, 4 M. from Llanrwst and 16 m. from Llandudno, on a branch of the London & North-Western railway. Pop. (1901) 1070. The name means " warm place of the wood," according to Llyn's definition of beltws. The other derivation of the word from Abbatis (domus) agrees with its vicinity to Yspytty 1 Ifan (Ieuan), Hospitium loannis, near Pentre'r I;oelas. The words " y coed " are added to distinguish this Bettws from several others in Wales, especially that near Llandeilo Fawr, Carmarthenshire, not far from the Bettws hills. Bettws y coed is a favourite village for artists and tourists. It is a centre for excursions towards Capel Curig and Snowdon, or towards Biaenau Festiniog, via Roman Bridge. There is excellent fishing for salmon and trout, and in summer coaches leave their daily loads of tourists here. The best-known streams and waterfalls are Llugwy, Lledr, with Rhaiadr y wenol (Swallow falls), Conwy and Machno calls. In the neighbourhood are Dolwyddelan castle and the trill of Moel Siabod.
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