Although legend has Ty Hyll being built in the 15th century, it was more likely built later in the mid-19th century when the A5 road was being laid out. Besides being a tearoom, Ty Hyll is being developed as a visitors’ center with a focus on the promotion and protection of Welsh honeybees. On the second floor is a wonderful bee life exhibit with video on colony life, static and interactive displays. The outside garden is very bee friendly and there are hives are set up further back in the woods.
We stopped in Betwys y Coed, a well-known tourist area to spend money and continue a search for Welsh-made 100 percent wool blankets. We picked up a few items, and while there were plenty of woven goods, none met what we were looking for, so we left to find Trefriw Woolen Mill.
In Llanrwst, on the way, we stopped at another tearoom. Shopping can be so exhausting and so can maneuvering one lane bridges.
We just had tea (but bought scones, gingerbread loaf and jam) and a lovely conversation with an English couple about Anglesey, our trip tomorrow. Got a great recommendation on a seafood place and urged to experience the second floor of Tu Hwnt. You are warned to “duck or grouse” for the ceiling is low and the beams lower.
Although it was getting late, I wanted to visit the Capel Garmon Neolithic burial site, back near Betwys y Coed. Getting there was interesting. Once we turned off the A road we ended up on a one-track road with high sides, very little room for 2 cars to pass. But our main traffic problem was dealing with three lambs in the road. They finally found space at a gate and we managed to crawl past.
The entrance. The top has been reinforced to keep it from collapsing. The chambers would have had stone roofs that would have been covered in grass. They have since collapsed and excavation have exposed the two chambers.
Once home, we sat down and ate the picnic we had packed. The doorbell rang and it was the TV police. Seems to have a television you have to be “licensed.” (We don’t have one.) He wanted to come in and check (showed a badge and all) and he was sent to talk to our host.