DEINIOLEN - GWYNEDD
Situated in the north-west part of Gwynedd, the Deiniolen area lies around 10 miles from Bangor and Caernarfon. Around 75% of the area’s inhabitants speak Welsh. The Rural Futures area covers the villages of Deiniolen, Clwt y Bont, and Dinorwig.
Deiniolen lies at the foot of Elidir Fawr with a population of just over 2000. Both it and neighbouring Clwt y Bont, which lies to the south, were built in the early 19th century to house workers in the Dinorwig slate quarry. The village of Dinorwig itself is about 960 feet above sea level.
The area is rightly proud of its slate mining heritage, but since the Dinorwig quarry closed in 1969, the area’s economic fortunes have suffered. Despite this, there is a strong community and every summer sees the Deiniolen Festival, a week-long programme of activities, which culminates in the village carnival.
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