The village of Llanelltyd
is scattered along the A470, due north of
Dolgellau. There are few chances of employment
locally with most people employed by the various
councils and some of the service trades in
Dolgellau. In the immediate past there has been a
decline in agriculture, forestry, and the mining
of gold resulting in a lower population, now
numbered approx. 140.
Of interest to tourists are some scenic walks,
namely the old and new Precipice walks. In the
village itself are the substantial remains of
Cymer Abbey, and the small church of St Illtyd.
This is a small church sited within a roughly
circular stone wall. There have been several
churches erected since the sixth century, with
the walls of the present building dating from the
At the present time the main service is the Holy
Eucharist held mainly in the English language.
The service is held on Sunday mornings at 11.30
am. The average number of communicants is 22. The
congregation is 2/3rd English with
perhaps a slight increase during the holiday
season. Some other services are held at certain
festivals. Harvest Thanksgiving, and at Christmas
the local school hold their Nativity Play and
carol concert. The last week of Advent the
Soroptomists hold a very good evening concert.