The Enchanted Wild Wood at Portmeirion

Discover the impressive natural landscape surrounding the Italianate Village of Portmeirion, which is the brainchild of the visionary architect Clough Williams Ellis.  The subtropical forest known as “Y Gwyllt” [Welsh for Wild Wood] is a magical wonderland which includes 70 acres of woodlands with 19 miles of pathways which cut through forests, secret spaces and coastal coves.

We began our exploration by taking the little train up to a vantage point with amazing views down to the village and across the Dwyryd Estuary.


Leaving the train, we began our adventure with the Chinese Lake and its surrounding kaleidoscope of colour.

Clough’s daughter, Susan, was responsible for the development of the enchanting Chinese Garden. She supervised the landscaping and was responsible for designing and siting the ornate bridge as well as the pagoda.  


We made our way through the woods, climbing higher up meandering pathways until we reached the Dog’s Cemetery.  The Cemetery was established by one of Portmeirion’s more eccentric residents, Adelaide Haig, who lived here from 1870 till 1917.  She preferred the company of dogs to fellow humans and was reputed to have read the Bible to her 17 canine companions.




The cemetery was strangely haunting.  The veil between our world and the spirit world seemed gossamer-thin here and I was amazed to find this dreamlike photograph when I uploaded the photos from my camera!


Leaving here, we continued on our way until we reached the magical Tanglewood, a forest of giant rhododendron bushes which transports you to another world!


After an enchanting stop here we continued walking, spellbound with nature’s spectacular display.


Next came a visit to the Wishing Tree [actually the base of an old felled tree].  Tradition says that if you push a coin into this tree and ask for healing from an illness, you will be healed.  But if you take a coin from the tree, then you will get that illness!!


We concluded our adventure by walking back along the Dwyryd Estuary into the village.




I first visited Portmeirion when I was 15 years old and fell in love with it.  I vowed I would return there one day.  Forty years later I did!  This was my third visit and most certainly wont be my last.  What an amazing place!!

Photos: Y Gwyllt, Portmeirion, North Wales,  4th May 2019

My walk is loosely adapted from:

Other Information:

Portmeirion Village: open daily for visitors, except Christmas Day.

9:30am – 7:30pm (1 April 2018 – 4 November 2018)

9:30am – 5:30pm (5 November 2018 – 31 March 2019)

Portmeirion Shops: 10am – 5pm

The Cafes: 10am – 5pm


Adults: £12
Concessions (60+ & students): £10.50
Children (5-15yrs): £8.50

Annual Pass: £30


See also:   Portmeirion   Part 1   The Village


Categories: Architecture, Landscapes, North Wales, Photography, PortmeirionTags: , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Sehr schöne Fotos. Freundliche Grüsse, Wolfgang

  2. Wow I love that gossamer blurred photo that is amazing. I always love all the bight and rich colors. So beautiful looks like a wonderful trip. ❤

  3. So very beautiful, fantastic photos, I want to be there

  4. It looks absolutely sublime and so green, thanks for sharing, yet another beautiful place to add to my bucket list 😀

  5. such a beautiful place to holiday
    and find space and natural quiet! 🙂

  6. What an enchanting place, which you have captured for us with your beautiful photos. Thank you.

  7. Thank you for this lovely, pleasant walk. Beautiful nature, flowers, trees… lush green, how wonderful to spend time there.
    Beautifully captured!

  8. Thank you, Michelle Marie. It was a lovely day and the weather was good with plenty of sunshine and blue skies. Love and blessings 💙💜

  9. Thank you. It’s a wonderful place. I cant wait to go back. 🙂

  10. Thank you for taking the time to comment. It is well worth a visit. 🙂

  11. It is one of my most favourite places in Wales. I’ll be going back soon 🙂

  12. Thank you very much for your nice comment. Blessings to you both 💜💙

  13. Beautiful images! Thank you so much for sharing these.

  14. Thank you, Sue, My pleasure 🙂

  15. Love and blessings to you sweet friend ❤

  16. Wow. Thank You presenting Portmeirion. I have not heard about! So fantastic beautiful place! I do love this post and its very beautiful photos.

  17. Thank you very much for your lovely comment. Yes, it is a beautiful place. Have a lovely week, my friend.

  18. Great pictures of a favourite place before the Chinese garden. Pleased to see the garden here and that Portmeiriion is still going

  19. Reblogged this on retireediary and commented:
    This post by Liz is brilliant – it shows the beauty of nature and the village at Portmeirion, Wales which I have the chance to visit in 1997. Hope I will have the chance to revisit it one day . . . . . . . . .

  20. Thank you, Michael. I’m glad it worked this time xx

  21. I am glad that I am able to reblog your post 🙂

  22. That’s very kind of you. Thank you, Michael.

  23. It’s an amazing and magical place. Well worth a visit 🙂

  24. It looks like paradise! 🙂

  25. It,s wonderful, Ally. Thank you 💙💚

  26. It’s on my wish list. My brother went to Wales at the beginning of this year and told me how wonderful it is….
    I’ll just keep on dreaming and enjoying your lovely photography Elisabeth! 😉

  27. I can do see why you fell in love with this place at 15. And no wonder you keep going back. Such beauty and magic it holds. Your photos were all enchanting.
    Many thanks for sharing this beautiful walk.
    Woods hold untold energy, and this place I can sense holds its own special brew. 💕🌈🌷🙏

  28. Thank you for the stroll in the woods. Am I mistaken or wasn’t Portmeiron the location of the Prisoner’s shooting, back in the 60’s?

  29. You’re absolutely right. I loved that programme all those years ago. Read about it here:
    Thank you so much for your interest.

  30. Thank you, Sue, for your lovely message. Portmeirion does have a special place in my heart, and most especially the woodland now. I feel so at home when I’m in nature.

  31. Likewise you can not describe how a natural forest feels.. 🙂

  32. Pleasure. Ii thought it might be. I loved that programme so much I bought the entire series in DVD’s a few years back. Has aged a bit, but not too much. Take care.

  33. The whole series was shown on tv a few months ago and I recorded it. Brilliant!!

  34. Well done. That series was brilliant. Patrick McGoohan’s greatest role.

  35. Thank you, Graham, and my apologies for taking so long to reply to you. It’s one of my favourites and I’m planning to go back in Autumn for the colours and around Christmastime for the lights.

  36. Looks very picture postcard real tranquility

  37. Very peaceful. The perfect place to meditate.

  38. Beautiful photographs. Thanks for sharing them.

  39. Not enough adjectives to show how beautiful each photograph captures so much magic!!! What a beautiful effort!!

  40. Thank you very much for your kind message.

  41. That’s so kind of you. Thank you very much.

  42. Please keep up your good work.

  43. Thanks for following my blog; you are very kind.

  44. It’s my pleasure. Thank you also.

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