Healing waters that tested the power of love
Ffynnon Gybi, or St Cybi's Well, is the site of a beautiful and secluded natural spring, long noted for the healing properties of its waters. Lying in the village of Llangybi, near Pwllheli the spring’s crystal-clear, icy waters drew pilgrims from miles around, all hoping for a cure to whatever ailed them.
St Cybi himself, said to be a native of Cornwall, came to Wales in the mid-6th century. The waters of the well were said to cure a variety of ailments including warts, lameness, blindness, scrofula, scurvy and rheumatism. In the 18th century local landowner William Price was persuaded to build a cottage to provide accommodation for the custodian of the well and for those who came to ‘take the cure’. The ‘cure’ involved drinking water from the well twice daily and immersing oneself in the frigid pool before retiring to a bedchamber to sleep it off. A coin thrown into the well would ensure that the patient’s entreaties would not fall on deaf ears.
Local tradition asserts that the well was also used by local girls for love divination. A handkerchief was spread on the surface of the water; if it floated to the south their lovers were honest and true. But woe betide the unfortunate whose handkerchief drifted northwards!
1. Panel Dehongli Ffynnon Gybi Interpretation Panel
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2. Panel Dehongli Ffynnon Gybi Interpretation Panel
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- Accessible by Public Transport
- Info Point
- Good Walks Nearby
- Family Walk
Minor road at Llangybi between A499 and A487
Nearest station is Criccieth - 7 miles
Infrequent buses from Troed y Garn, Llangybi. More frequent on the A497
Several footpaths – the nearest is from the cemetery at Llangybi
Dogs on leads. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Walking boots recommended.
Full Figure Grid Reference: SH 427412
OS Landranger map sheet: 123
- 01443 336000
- St Cybi's Well, Llangybi