A walk to the wishing well – Crochan Llanddwyn

Legend has it that the pool in Newborough Forest known as Crochan Llanddwyn (Llanddwyn’s crock or pot) used to be a wishing well. And more than that, it used to be a fortune telling well, where young lovers would go to learn what the fates had in store for them.

Crochan Llanddwyn: now overgrown by weeds and trees, but popular with newts

Crochan Llanddwyn: now overgrown by weeds and trees, but popular with newts

Crochan Llanddwyn - the old wishing well

Crochan Llanddwyn – the old wishing well

These days, as you can see, it looks a little inauspicious and uninviting. The pool is very neglected and overwhelmed by weeds and algae, and forestry workings have obliterated its original form. Nevertheless, it is still in a lovely place. The pond itself is a good place to see newts. Further along the forest track there are mature Monterey pines (Pinus radiata) which are a favourite place for red squirrels.

Pine trees laden with cones, near Crochan Llanddwyn

Pine trees laden with cones, near Crochan Llanddwyn

You can make a nice circular walk either from Newborough itself, or from the first car park (known as Cwnhingar) along the forest toll road. And maybe it is still worth making a wish as you pass the pool…

The grid reference for the Crochan Llanddwyn is SH40986478 (click here to see the location via gridreferencefinder.com)

The grid reference for Cwnhingar car park is SH4077464097 (here’s the map link). To find the pool, head out of the back of the car park on the main track (through the barrier). Turn right when you meet another track and just keep on that track.  When the main trail sweeps up to the left, keep straight on: you’ll be beside the big old pines then and Crochan Llanddwyn is just a little further on.

Update – April 2014

Many of the trees that had grown in and around the pool, and the ones that had fallen over it, have been cleared and now you can see the pool much more clearly. It looks a bit raw at the moment, but later in the year, it will look beautiful again.

Crochan Llanddwyn after its clean-up, April 2014

Crochan Llanddwyn after its clean-up, April 2014

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4 thoughts on “A walk to the wishing well – Crochan Llanddwyn

  1. wellhopper

    It is incredible how quickly the plants and trees can grow back.. When I first visited it looked like your earlier pictures, but armed with your 2014 pictures I went back for another look. But now it seems as overgrown as ever. To be far it did look a bit spartan and characterless when completely cleared, it is a shame that there isn’t a controllable mid point between one state and the other.

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    1. Kay B Post author

      I wish NRW could find a happy middle ground of management too: they seem to get a bee in their bonnet about something and have a frenzy of activity for a little while, but then they move on to their next project and so many things they began just slip away back to neglect:(

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