Yn Wrecsam yr wythnos hon bydd Geraint Hardy yn edrych ar weithgareddau difyr, llefydd i aros, llefydd i fwyta a llefydd i ymweld a nhw. Geraint Hardy looks at things to do in W...
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-Welcome to Codi Pac.
-I'm Geraint Hardy,
-and I'm travelling across Wales...
-..to find some of our treasures.
-If you want a weekend away,
-you needn't travel far.
-It's all on the doorstep.
-Places to eat, places to stay,
-things to do and see.
-They're all here on Codi Pac.
-Several things spring to mind
-when I think of Wrexham.
-Beer, industrial history...
-..and as I'm a big football fan,
-Wrexham football club.
-Where better to start my journey
-than with the Dragons?
-is called the Racecourse.
-It's no ordinary club,
-it was established in 1864...
-..a year after the
-Football Association first met...
-..to write the rules of the game.
-Wrexham is the oldest club in Wales
-and the third oldest in the world.
-I'm meeting Spencer Harris,
-the club's director.
-Spencer won the Welsh Learner
-of the Year competition in 2001.
-Spencer, we're here at what must be
-one of your favourite places.
-You're a huge fan of Wrexham AFC.
-I remember sitting behind the goal
-I remember watching games
-I was a little lad.
-The crowd was massive.
-At the time, we were
-in what is now the Championship.
-It was a great time for the club.
-What are Wrexham's aims now?
-Wrexham are trying to win promotion
-back to the Football League.
-That's the club's main aim.
-Hopefully, we'll do that next year.
-The fans own this club
-at the moment.
-Yes, 4,000 of us own the club.
-The fans took over the ownership
-Since then, the club
-has done fantastic off the pitch.
-We've been to Wembley three times.
-They were our first visits too.
-We've just missed out on promotion
-twice as well.
-I hope that will come next year.
-Do you have meetings
-with all 4,000 of you?!
-Almost every week
-when we have away games!
-There are elections to appoint
-people to various positions...
-..to run the club
-on behalf of the fans.
-A lot of famous people
-have played for the club.
-Yes, players like Joey Jones, who
-won the European Cup with Liverpool.
-He still coaches here today.
-Ian Rush played for Wrexham too.
-He didn't score many goals
-The stadium is in the town centre.
-is the club to the town?
-The club's important to the town
-and to North Wales.
-It's where the largest crowd
-gathers every fortnight...
-North Wales' professional club.
-There are larger towns than Wrexham
-around the country...
-..which no-one talks about.
-Wrexham AFC is what puts us on the
-map in Britain and across the world.
-Here's the big moment.
-Hardy's ready to go.
-That's enough messing about
-on the football field.
-It's now time to find out
-what else Wrexham has to offer.
-I'm going to have a wander
-Wrexham is the main town
-in North Wales...
-..with a population
-of around 60,000.
-The history of the town
-dates back 8,000 years.
-It's a market town.
-Wrexham is a Saxon name.
-It comes from "Wryhtel's Ham" -
-the farm of a man called Wryhtel.
-It's been a worthwhile walk
-There are plenty of lovely little
-streets and interesting buildings.
-This church, St Giles,
-can be seen throughout the town.
-The St Giles church tower is one
-of the seven wonders of Wales.
-It's an incredible building.
-The town's pubs
-are worth seeing too.
-I've heard about a local bank that's
-been turned into a restaurant.
-Here it is - The Bank.
-This bank was built by a family
-of merchants from Liverpool.
-There's a similarly-designed
-building in Liverpool too.
-In the cellar,
-the old safe still stands.
-It's hard to believe that the door
-weighs two and a half tons.
-This place is packed
-and it's easy to see why.
-It's so posh with its incredible bar
-and amazing staircase.
-It's also homely.
-I just hope that the bank's
-paying for the food!
-You can't beat home-made lasagne,
-garlic bread and salad.
-It's time to tuck in.
-As you'd expect, there's
-a wide choice of places to stay.
-The Lemon Tree hotel and restaurant
-has 12 comfortable rooms.
-If you want to stay
-in a luxury house...
-the modern and the traditional...
-..go to the Old Vicarage Cottage
-On the other hand,
-I'm staying in a different place...
-..in a field
-on the outskirts of Minera.
-This is where I'll be staying
-tonight - a shepherd's hut.
-The decor is modern and neat.
-This is great - original wheels.
-Look at the view -
-I'm in the middle of nowhere.
-There are animals in the nearby
-fields. There's no-one else around.
-I'm excited, that's for sure.
-Let's open the door.
-Here it is - wow!
-It's small but it's very cosy.
-There's a kitchen
-and a table which opens out...
-..which makes use of the space.
-This is the sofa
-which turns into a bed.
-It slides out.
-I can't wait
-to curl up in this bed tonight...
-..in front of that great fire
-It's been a busy day.
-I've walked the streets of Wrexham
-and been in the football stadium.
-In this rural retreat, I can't wait
-for a night in front of the fire.
-Welcome back to Codi Pac
-from a shepherd's hut near Wrexham.
-After a good night's sleep,
-I wander to the farmyard.
-If you choose to stay here...
-..there's plenty of local produce
-for a breakfast feast.
-You can even collect your own eggs,
-if you like.
-This breakfast is for me,
-not you, OK?
-OK? He's coming. Behave.
-On day two, I get to wander around
-the streets of Wrexham once more.
-I'm on my way to Saith Seren...
-..an old pub that also promotes
-the Welsh language.
-Here we are,
-the Saith Seren community pub.
-People come here to speak Welsh too.
-There's a pool table,
-which is good news.
-with pictures of familiar faces...
-..from Gareth Bale
-to Richard Burton.
-It's also the perfect place
-to see some live music.
-I'm meeting poet Sophie McKeand
-to learn more about the place.
-Sophie, we're in Saith Seren.
-Why is Saith Seren
-important to Wrexham?
-There are many Welsh speakers here.
-They support the language.
-It's a lovely place to come...
-..to have a chat in Welsh
-over a pint or a cuppa.
-It's nice just to come here
-and practise speaking Welsh...
-..without feeling awkward...
-It's nice just to relax,
-have a chat.
-There's lots of music
-and poetry here.
-You've learnt Welsh.
-Do you come from Wrexham?
-I was born in Flint
-but was raised in Chester...
-..so I didn't speak Welsh
-as a child.
-So why did you decide
-to learn Welsh?
-I'm a poet, so I love languages.
-The Welsh language
-is beautiful and very interesting.
-I was born here
-so I should learn the language.
-You're a poet. That's your job.
-You have a special title too,
-a very nice one.
-Yes, the Young People's Laureate
-If you had to describe Wrexham
-in two words, what would they be?
-I'd choose complex and passionate.
-Sometimes, it's important
-to rest for five minutes...
-..in a place like this
-that's full of local characters...
-..and, of course, sweet things!
-I'm now going
-to The Fat Boar restaurant.
-is the word that springs to mind.
-This is spacious.
-I love the black and white
-on the bar and on the floor.
-There are old and new chairs
-which fill the space...
-..and there's space outside
-to have a drink or some food.
-Upstairs, however, is a restaurant
-with a different ambience.
-A number of the workers here
-use local and seasonal produce.
-We're now upstairs
-in the restaurant.
-You can sit outside.
-There are many parts
-to the restaurant.
-This is the modern part
-with plenty of natural light...
-..and bright colours on the walls.
-In here, things change.
-Industrial orange bricks...
-..and then wooden panels
-with lots of plants...
-an outdoors-indoors feel.
-Wow! Look at this. Quite a dish.
-This place is called The Fat Boar.
-After I eat this, there'll only be
-one fat boar in this building.
-After eating my fill, I'm off
-to find the old police station.
-It's been converted into a museum.
-I'm going to meet local historian
-Gareth Vaughan Williams there.
-Gareth, this lovely building
-is the museum.
-You've lived here for many years.
-What's Wrexham like?
-It's a very busy town.
-It's been busy for centuries.
-It's a border town, so people
-have been coming here for centuries.
-It's on the border
-between Wales and England.
-It's on the border
-between two languages..
-the highlands and lowlands...
-..and between industry
-There are two cultures here.
-That's still evident in the town.
-At one time,
-it was very industrialized.
-Yes, but one shouldn't just think of
-Wrexham as an industrialized area.
-It was a market
-and agricultural town...
-..before it was an industrial town.
-The museum tries to show the history
-of the area from the early ages.
-This is one of the earliest things
-An ancient coffin, a cist,
-was found in 1958.
-Inside the cist was a skeleton...
-..which dates back
-2,000 years before Christ.
-They were known
-as the Beaker people.
-would be buried in a cist.
-They were special people.
-They'd travel far
-and they knew how to work iron.
-The height of Brymbo Man
-has been worked out.
-He was around 5'8".
-Taller than me!
-He'd also received
-a nasty head injury.
-The fact that he was discovered...
-..has provided a lot of information
-about the area.
-It takes us back
-much further than the Romans.
-Gareth, one of my favourite things
-in the world is football.
-What do we have here?
-It's an exhibition, not just of the
-Racecourse but of football in Wales.
-People from the area
-who've played for Wales.
-That's Billy Meredith's cap.
-He was one of the first men to
-play for Wales. He came from Chirk.
-There are shirts and caps belonging
-to some Welsh heroes from the area.
-People like Ian Rush.
-You notice the difference in boots.
-It's hard to believe how much
-the shirt and boots have changed...
-..even the ball itself.
-I remember wearing boots
-similar to those...
-..when I started playing football.
-It's been a pleasure
-talking to you today.
-I've walked around town. I'm now
-going to walk the Clywedog Trail.
-What am I going to see?
-It's a lovely walk.
-It starts in Minera.
-You follow the area's
-There was a lead mine in Minera.
-Lead mining might be one reason
-why the Romans came to the area.
-You'll also see many mills
-on your journey...
-..which shows how important
-water used to be.
-Though the River Clywedog
-..it's very important
-in the running of the water wheels.
-It's a beautiful walk.
-The Clywedog Trail is a great way
-of enjoying the outdoors...
-..while learning more
-about Wrexham's industrial past.
-You don't have to walk
-the nine miles in one go.
-You could do it in stages.
-But it's worth ending up
-at Erddig house and gardens.
-It was owned
-by the Yorke family until 1973...
-..when it was given
-to the National Trust.
-It's an inspirational place.
-Gareth was right.
-The Clywedog Trail is worth doing
-to see the industrial remains.
-Next, I'm going to
-a world-famous historical site.
-Many people have told me...
-..I must visit
-It was built by Thomas Telford, and
-I'm told it's a challenge to cross.
-Looking around, I'm not sure why
-as it's so tranquil.
-Now that I'm standing
-on Pontcysyllte, I understand.
-It's extremely high.
-I'm safe enough but if I was
-on a boat and fell that way...
-..I wouldn't be safe.
-Off you go.
-There are some lovely views here.
-You can see fields...
-..and a pretty bridge
-which shows how high up we are.
-We're not halfway yet.
-We're now halfway
-What an incredible view!
-We're high up, that much is certain.
-I'm not sure how high,
-but, wow, it's high.
-Look at the view.
-I feel like I'm standing
-in the centre of the world...
-..with no-one near me.
-I've had a great time in Wrexham.
-What an interesting place.
-It started on a football pitch
-and it's ending above one.
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Yn Wrecsam yr wythnos hon bydd Geraint Hardy yn edrych ar weithgareddau difyr, llefydd i aros, llefydd i fwyta a llefydd i ymweld a nhw. Geraint Hardy looks at things to do in Wrexham.