Betws-y-Coed is a beautiful village in the Conwy Valley in Conwy County Borough, North Wales, where I spent some time walking and exploring in the fall of 2011. It’s name, kind of hard to pronounce [ˈbɛtʊs ə ˈkɔɨd], means something like „prayer house in the wood“ and is thought to be derived from the Anglo-Saxon Old English bed-hus – meaning bead-house: a house of prayer. This is probably explained by the fact that the village was founded around a monastery in the late sixth century. Betws-y-Coed is a favourite location for mountaineers and tourists as it lies in the Snowdonia National Park. Plus The Royal Oak has a fab menu.