view from Beaumaris

My name is Martin Davies:


I am a local historian and experienced tour guide of many years and I have in depth knowledge of the area.

I have created Ardal with an aim to promote our local heritage and places of historical interest, covering parts of Snowdonia & Anglesey. I am able to offer guided history tours or talks.

Tour guiding is in my blood, as my ancestor Moses Williams, acted as a guide to Snowdon for many years. He was one of the first guides who used to take visitors up the mountain on horseback in 19th century. He kept the Halfway house for 28 years, a well-known refreshment house on the road to the summit of Snowdon.

I have lived here all my life and feel extremely lucky to be living in this area of natural beauty, surrounded by the mountains and sea with a vast history in its midst. When I was younger, I was member of a local scout group and often roamed the local countryside and mountains. 

My interest in historical walks began many years ago when I worked as a community support worker, helping vulnerable adults to re gain their confidence by introducing them to outdoor activities and other groups.

I have worked for Anglesey Council at their former historical sites, mainly the old Victorian Gaol & Courthouse in Beaumaris, including the museum at Oriel Ynys Môn. I also worked for Gwynedd Council at the Caernarfon Tourist Information Centre where I gained further in-depth understanding into local tourism. Other work includes being a tour guide for the National Trust and at the Electric Mountain hydro electric power station in Llanberis. I have also worked as a history lecturer and tour guide at Bangor University.

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Until recently I was a member of a former local history group called GWYDION Heritage based in the Caernarfon area, and also was a Community Councillor in the area for three years.

I support and work with many other various local community groups and projects, my main duties are historical walks, talks & slideshows, research and information and occasionally providing metal detecting services. I have also assisted on many archaeological digs. I quite often assist with Menter Fachwen’s Walk & Discovery project, which is a great privilege.

I feel it is necessary to enable locals and visitors to learn of our history. In order to achieve this, it is very important to safeguard and protect what we have, and at the same time hope that everyone has a wonderful and memorable experience.

I hope that you all enjoy this website.