ARC – What we do

Since its incorporation, ARC has been working to promote sustainable community development with all profits being reinvested in the community. During this 10-year period, it has undertaken the following community projects:

  • raising grant funding totalling c. £470K to purchase and renovate Yr Hen Felin/The Old Mill, a large stone building in the centre of the village, to provide a community resource which it now manages and which includes a community room, café, vegetable coop and snooker club – Yr Hen Felin Community Centre was opened in March 2006 by Mrs Betty Williams MP;
  • raising grant funding of c. £24K to purchase and renovate an old pump-house in the village to house a small visitor information point and heritage centre (with toilet facilities) for visitors to the Aber Valley;
  • the development of a car park at the entrance to the village to provide free parking for visitors;
  • leasing the Bontnewydd car park serving the Aber Falls and National Nature Reserve from the Snowdonia National Park Authority for a peppercorn rent and installing a ‘pay and display’ meter which currently provides the company with its main income stream;
  • entering into a management agreement with Natural Resources Wales to operate the Forestry car park which also serves the Aber Falls and valley;
  • participating in the Princes of Gwynedd Project to improve awareness of the importance of Abergwyngregyn as the site of a court of the Welsh Princes

For these projects, ARC was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2011.


The village is in Showdonia National Park, at junction 13 of the A55. There is free parking at the bottom of the village and paid parking nearer the falls.


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