Restoring a way of life on Llŷn

An inspirational heritage project is underway on the Llŷn peninsula which is reconnecting a community with their cultural inheritance and breathing new life into the area’s architectural traditions.

Nestling among lichen-encrusted granite boulders and surrounded by gnarled gorse bushes, stand two small traditional tyddyn, or ‘crog-loft’ cottages, overlooking the dramatic sweep of Porth Neigwl beach near Plas yn Rhiw on the south coast of Llŷn.

Members of the community gather with National Trust staff to celebrate the restoration of Fron Deg.  © Gareth Jenkins / National Trust

Members of the community gather with National Trust staff to celebrate the restoration of Fron Deg. © Gareth Jenkins / National Trust

Tan yr Ardd, and its twin Fron Deg have been standing empty and apparently unloved for over thirty years; their chimneys lacking the wisp of smoke that indicated the presence of a community. But all that’s set to change thanks to the Heritage Lottery-funded Llŷn Landscape Partnership.

Fron Deg has been restored using authentic building materials and methods and is due to be opened as a destination for educational visits. Nearby Tan yr Ardd will be reunited with its dozen acres of overgrown pasture and let as a smallholding. The lucky tenant will be expected to grow their own produce whilst being available to welcome visitors to Fron Deg.

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