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Sketching: Beatrix Potter

Yn ogystal â bod yn un o’n hoff awduron ym maes llyfrau plant ac yn arlunydd medrus, roedd Beatrix Potter hefyd yn naturiaethwraig dalentog.  Roedd hi wrth ei bodd mewn ardaloedd cefn gwlad, yn tynnu lluniau o flodau, coed, anifeiliaid, a ffyngau yn arbennig; roedd hyn i gyd yn ymarfer da ar gyfer y darluniadau a barodd i’w llyfrau ennill cymaint o boblogrwydd yn ddiweddarach.

Mae’r gweithgaredd hwn yn mynd â chi’n agos at un o’r llecynnau a ysbrydolai Beatrix Potter pan fyddai’n ymweld â’i hewythr a’i modryb, ac mae’n cynnig nifer o awgrymiadau syml i’ch helpu chithau hefyd i fraslunio.

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How to get here

Address: 
LL16 4SU
Public Transport Information: 
For public transport options, call Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50
Location Description: 
This activity takes place on a woodland walk on the outskirts of Denbigh. The woodland is just off the B4501 road out of Denbigh towards Nantglyn. As you are heading out of Denbigh, after approximately a mile you’ll come to a sign on the side of the road for Cae Dai – Denbigh’s 1950s Museum. Find a safe place to park by the sign.
Activity Starting Point: 
To start the activity, stand facing the Cae Dai sign, and then take the path to the left, past the stile and follow the woodland track down.
How long will the activity take? : 
The walk should only take you 20mins to half an hour. However, you can take as long as you like to sketch, paint or draw what you find around the woodland.

What you will need

Pencil, paper and a rubber. Good walking shoes – things can get muddy! A camera or camera phone to take reference shots.

Useful information

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How long will the activity take? : 
The walk should only take you 20mins to half an hour. However, you can take as long as you like to sketch, paint or draw what you find around the woodland.
Please be aware that this walk goes through woodlands, fields and by a river, so care should be taken at all times. The path at times can be quite steep, and there are a number of steps, so it may not be suitable for buggies or prams. The woodland walk is part of a 2-3 hour trail that takes in Gwaenynog Hall, where Beatrix Potter stayed when she visited the area. The walk is detailed, with a map, in the Rural Walks in Denbighshire booklet, available from the information centre in Denbigh library or downloadable from the link below. If you decide to walk on to Gwaenynog Hall, please remember that it is a private residence. But the gardens are open to the public, by appointment only, from June through August. If you decide to walk on to Gwaenynog Hall, please remember that it is a private residence. But the gardens are open to the public, by appointment only, from June through August.
Opening Times: 
For more information contact Gwaenynog Hall during the summer months on 0174 581 2066. Entrance is £3.
Top Tips: 
Softer pencils – labelled ‘B’ – are great for the shadows, while harder pencils – labelled ‘H’ – are better for detail and subtle areas of tone.
Places to Eat and Drink: 

For places to eat and drink nearby, visit www.visitdenbigh.co.uk

Hopefully this activity has unearthed some hidden talents and means you’ll never look at a flower or a leaf in the same way again. If you'd like to see some of Potter's own sketches and drawings, click on the link in the Sights and sounds below.

And if you're up to exploring a little more, there are some great places nearby for you to discover.

Don't forget to share your sketches on the Discover Denbighshire Facebook page!