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 trees which transports you to another world!

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:

Here is my other article on Portmeirion Village:

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

  2. Please keep up your good work.

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

  4. Beautiful photographs. Thanks for sharing them.

  5. Looks very picture postcard real tranquility

  6. 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?

  7. 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. 💕🌈🌷🙏

  8. It looks like paradise! 🙂

  9. 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 . . . . . . . . .

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

    • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  18. 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. ❤

  19. Sehr schöne Fotos. Freundliche Grüsse, Wolfgang

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