Exploring Cymer Abbey at the Snowdonia National Park in a Summer Morning

In August, Hayley and I went to the UK to see the family and friends. It had been a long time since we visited and we really enjoyed it very much despite it was really a whirlwind trip. As part of our trip, we took some time to have a family holiday in Wales, more specifically in the Snowdonia National Park. 

We spent some times in an old town called Dolgellau. (Don’t even  ask me how to pronounce it! The Welsh speakers seems to swallows all the syllables!). Not too far from the town, there was an ruin of the Cymer Abbey.

On the many occasions that I went to Wales for holiday, they involved climbing up and down the mountains, ghylls and walking across the moorlands. This time, it was definitely great to  see something different.

This was taken near the Abbey, don’t ask me how to pronounce the Welsh

Walking up to the Abbey

The Abbey wasn’t too far from the Dolgellau itself and one can easily spend half an hour or so to slow stroll along the lovely Welsh country lanes and footpaths to get there. This was especially nice when one can pick some raspberries from the bushes. I have to say that was one of the highlights and rewards of the walk, and I couldn’t believe it had been many years since I had done that.

A lovely countryside view
Beautiful scenery. This was taken next to a golf course, which claims it’s has “probably the best scenery  in the world”

Apart from the raspberries, we came across a lot of sheep roaming the farms. It’s Wales, what do you expect! Hayley and I had to apologise to the sheep because we ate their friends every single night when we were in Wales and they were delicious. Yes, we had some beige lamb eating sessions since lamb is not common in Hong Kong.

Sorry sheep! We had eaten many of your friends. (Sorry but not sorry, they were delicious!)


Picture of Hayley’s parents. They look lovely in the picture
Some of the views that one can see from the top of a hill nearby.


Exploring the Abbey Ground

Surprisingly, the ruin of the Cymer Abbey was hidden behind a camper-van site.  Although it was a ruin, it was really well preserved and very peaceful. We were the only people at the abbey.

Reading the sign next to the ruin, I was surprise how much history this abbey had. It was established by a bunch of Cistercian monks in 1158 and it was dedicated to Virgin Mary. Of course back in those day, they would have brewed and drank a lot of beer throughout the entire day! What a good life they had!

I bet their lord’s prayer went something like that:

Our lager,
Which art in barrels,
Hallowed be thy drink.
Thy will be drunk,
At home as it is in the tavern.
Give us this day our foamy head,
And forgive us our spillage,
As we forgive those who spill against us.
And lead us not to incarceration,
But deliver us from hangovers.
For thine is the beer, the bitter, and the lager.

Overview of the ruin. I bet they use to have a crypt to stash all their beer. There was a small stream running next to the abbey. Was that the place where the monks chill the ye old beer!


OK, enough of my silliness. The abbey slowly felt to disrepair because of wars between the princes of the land and subsequently the dissolution of the church by Henry VIII.

More beautiful shots of the Abbey Ground
Hayley and her dad – were they looking for the beer hidden by the monks?

Have you visited any historical ruins recently? Did you discover one of them by chance when you were on holiday? Like and comment below!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Oh, very nice. Love the photos. Love the greenery, especially sitting here in the dry desert that is Southern California.

    Your prayer is hilarious.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. yhpchung says:

      It’s green for a reason. Sometimes it rains a lot…

      Liked by 1 person

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