Cwm Penmachno

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Cwm Penmachno
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Houses in Cwm Penmachno, showing the quarry behind
Cwm Penmachno is located in Conwy
Cwm Penmachno
Cwm Penmachno
Location within Conwy
OS grid referenceSH750472
Principal area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtLL24
Dialling code01690
PoliceNorth Wales
FireNorth Wales
EU ParliamentWales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
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53°00′29″N 3°51′43″W / 53.008°N 3.862°W / 53.008; -3.862Coordinates: 53°00′29″N 3°51′43″W / 53.008°N 3.862°W / 53.008; -3.862

Cwm Penmachno is a former quarry settlement at the head of the Machno Valley in North Wales. The Rhiwbach slate quarry was formerly linked by the Rhiwbach Tramway to the Ffestiniog Railway at Blaenau Ffestiniog.[1] Streams flow from the steep-sided valley, forming the source of the River Machno, which flows through the larger village of Penmachno before joining the River Conwy south of Betws-y-Coed.[2]

The village attracts tourists, particularly mountain bikers, kayakers, canoeists and walkers; the Penmachno Mountain Bike Trail starts at the car park located between Cwm Penmachno and Penmachno.[2]

There is a community centre and Heritage Room in the village at the former Shiloh Chapel.[3][4]

Situated near the end of the valley is The Latymer School's outdoor centre, Ysgol Latymer Outdoor Pursuits Centre (occupying the buildings of the former primary school); the school runs residential trips each year for year 7 and year 9 pupils, as well as various Geography and PE trips. The Latymer School purchased this centre in Snowdonia National Park so that its pupils could get to know each other better and to discover their individual skills.[5]


  1. ^ "Rhiwbach Slate Quarry and its tramway".
  2. ^ a b "Cwm Penmachno, Conwy County". Wales Directory.
  3. ^ "New heritage room for Cwm Penmachno". Daily Post.
  4. ^ "Shiloh Community Centre". Conwy Borough Council. Archived from the original on 2015-04-18.
  5. ^ "Ysgol Latymer Outdoor Pursuits Centre". Latymer School. Archived from the original on 2015-05-04.

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