A lot of ancient sites have hardly been touched by CADW but this site is well looked after with information plaques and the whole site surrounded with a fence.
The capstone of this burial chamber is truly huge and believed to weigh 25 ton; over 3000 years ago when the stone was put in place it must have taken some shifting up a ramp to its present position
Right next to Borthwen Beach in Rhoscolyn and only a short drunken stagger from the White Eagle pub is Rhoscolyn burial chamber. Some beleive that this is just a folly. It is rather an impressive fake but does some how look too symmetrical!
Is reached down a path past a farmhouse and through a couple of styles. The stones are sign posted from the road but being rural Ynys Mon there is no direct route here and took a bit of patient driving down country lanes to reach the site.
The site consists of 2 tall narrow parallel standing stones set apart from the burial chamber itself.
Not sure what this standing stone is called but I was always remember I at as the stone in the bull’s field. As all of a sudden the herd of bulls that you might be able to see in the photo near the hedge all of a sudden decided to charge. I don’t think my brogues will ever move as quick again as I ran out of the field and hurdled the gate.
A shame there isn’t a sign and a path to this stone as it really is a beauty it’s a single very tall (must be well over 3m) slim stone.
Around about the same time as the pyramids and stone henge were being built, the people living on the Isle of Anglesey near the seaside town of Rhosneigr were building this rather impressive burial chamber.
Sadly this site has suffered from graffiti and vandalism and because of this entrance is restricted to times when the site is supervised. On the day I arrived at Barclodiad Y Gwares it was not on a weekend or a bank holiday so it was closed to the public. For more information it would be best to call CADW on 029 2033 6100
Shame I couldn’t enter the site but I did my best to take photos through the iron gates at the entrance of the site I couldn’t quite make out the zigzag and spiral markings on several stones on the iside.
Prehistoric proof that football was invented in Wales about 2000 BC.
Well they do look like goalposts don't they?
These lovely goalpost-like stones standing about 3m apart have lovely views of Snowdon in one direction and the near-by Holyhead mountain in the other.
I cycled the short distance from Treaarddur Bay to see these stones and you can see them easy enough from the road. You can even see them from the road on Google earth.
One of the many burial chambers on the island of Anglesey. This beauty is near the village Llanfaelog which tself is not far from Rhosneigr. The burial chamber is signposted from the road, just jump over the rocky style into the field where you wil see the stones in the corner of the field. An Os map will make life easier finding the stones.
You may not be able to see it from the photos but at some point the cap stone has been helped to stay in place by a column of recent brick work that looks really gash!
The Llanberis path is the easiest, longest and the most popular of the five well-beaten paths up Snowdon, It is about 5 miles from base to summit and is well graded, it more or less follows the railway track from Llanberis.
The path starts in Llanberis and from the station of the Mountain railway pass the front and right down a short road to a small square. At the end of this is a gate and cattle grid go through it (don't walk over the cattle grid as it is very slippy, use the Gate) there is an information board here providing details of the walk. Carry on and start the climb up a steep road. Near the top of the road is a great Tea House, perfect for a drink on your way back down.
shortly after the path turns left through a gate and goes onwards and upwards, it dips under the railway and after an almost level stretch reaches the Halfway house, a little cafe that is open during summer months. There is then a climb up untill the path once again passes under the railway and is a good place to stop for a break before tackling the last stretch and steep climb. the views from here are great as long as your not in cloud.
The path then goes south and closely follows the railway up to the top which is just near the Station and Visitors centre ( the visitors Centre is only open during the Summer Months)
Dolbadarn Castle at Llanberis dates to the 13th century but sadly only the keep remains in solid condition but it is thought by many to be one of the finest of Wales's ' native-built castles said ro have been Built by the mighty Llywelyn ap Iorwerth (Llywelyn the Great) sometime before 1230.
The castles history did not die with Llywelyn the Great in 1240 and the castle was in active use for at least another 40 years and was the prison of Owain Goch (Owain ap Gruffydd) by his younger brother, Llywelyn (Llywelyn the Last) during the struggles for control of North Wales during the 1250's.
Owain spent 20 years here as a prisoner, living on the upper floor of the castle. During the revolt of the Welsh princes against the English King Edward I, Dolbadarn Castle was held by another of Llywelyn's brothers, (Dafydd ap Gruffydd).
Unfortunately for the princes and for the Welsh the castle fell to the formidable forces led by the Earl of Pembroke and Dolbadarn was seized by the English army 1n 1282. shortly after the castle was abandoned.
When Owain Glyndwr led the Welsh uprisings around 1400 it is thought that Glyndwr may have used the keep to hold prisoners such as Lord Grey of Ruthin Castle.
The Castle is free to visit.
Bangor Cathedral is one of the earliest monastic settlements in all of the UK. being founded by St. Deiniol in the year 525 (more than 70 years before Canterbury); when Deiniol was consecrated Bishop in 546 his church became a Cathedral, the Cathedral is the only institution in Bangor that has persisted through the changing scenes of national and local life. It is small in comparison with many other cathedrals in the United Kingdom. The building one sees today is of course not the original, for the Cathedral has been rebuilt on several occasions. The first stone one being erected by Bishop David between ll20 and ll39.
The 'Cathedral' has suffered immense damage throughout its history having been severely burnt on several occasions, both during local conflicts between the Princes of Gwynedd and by them against 'Longshanks' Edward Ist of England.
In 1402 it suffered severe damage once again when Owain Glyndwr made his advance into the north; for it was garrisoned by English troops and their fight to retain it was bitter; with Owain losing many men. Then again late in l5th century extensive rebuilding was again undertaken, for the Cathedral had suffered saver damage during the English Civil War. Finally in the nineteenth century, Sir Gilbert Scott was asked to supervise a drastic restoration. It is the result of his endeavours which can be seen today; a Victorian creation which completely hides any part of the original Cathedrals that once stood on this hallowed turf.
Despite all the destruction and rebuilding which has occurred, the Cathedral holds some great treasures. None more so than perhaps the tomb of the Great Owain Gwynedd, for he lies under the high alter. However, Owain is not the only one to be buried in the Cathedral, for he is but one of three Princes of Gwynedd that are buried here, another of the three being his troublesome brother Cadwaldr.
On the walls are murals which depict the six cathedrals of Wales and notable men of the Welsh Church from Dubricius (Dyfrig ) to the first Archbishop of Wales, A.G. Edwards. The Cathedral also contains a memorial to poet Goronwy Owen, who left his native Wales to teach at William and Mary College in Virginia in the mid-eighteenth century.
Bangor means in Welsh a wattled fence for such a fence surrounded the monastic community that once lived here, The origins of the city date back to the founding of Bangor Cathedral by the Celtic saint Deiniol in the early 6th century AD. The present cathedral is a somewhat more recent building and has been extensively modified throughout the centuries. While the building itself is not the oldest, and certainly not the biggest, the bishopric of Bangor is one of the oldest in Britain. Another claim to fame is that Bangor allegedly has the longest High Street in Wales.
For those who don't want or can't walk (or Climb) up Snowdon there is always the Option of the train.
It was in 1869 that a new branch line of the London and North Western Railway opened bringing people from Caernarfon to Llanberis and the foot of Snowdon then the only way to reach the summit was to walk or take a donkey ride, A proposition was then put forward to extend the railway up to the summit but a local landowner (George William Duff Assherton Smith) turned down every proposal as he thought that a railway would spoil the scenery, it was twenty years later that a rival plan to build a railway from Rhyd Ddu station on the other side of the mountain up to the summit brought fears that Llanberis would forever lose its tourist trade and with this in mind Assherton Smith changed his decision allowing his land to be used and so in November 1894 the 'Snowdon Mountain Tramroad and Hotels Co. Ltd' was formed to build the railway.
In order to ensure that the trains were able to climb the steep and continual gradient of Snowdon the Snowdon Mountain Tramroad and Hotels Co. Ltd travelled to Switzerland to find the best mountain railway technology
The smooth constant operation when climbing the steep slopes has been achieved by a double racked rail used with a rotating toothed pinion. This pinion is mounted underneath the locomotive guaranteeing that the locomotive does not lose its grip on the track.
The pinion is the only source of traction for the locomotive with the wheels only supporting the weight of the engine. The main point that is unique to rack railways is that the locomotive always pushes the carriage up the mountain and due to safety reasons it is never coupled to the train. The carriage has its own set of brakes that will bring the carriage to a stop if it is disengaged from the Engine.
After some construction setbacks due to some very bad weather the first train reached the summit in January of 1896 and the railway was ready to open to the public in the Easter of 1896.
Llanberis to the Summit. Return £25:00 for Adults and a Single is £16:00
Children return £16.00 Single £13.00
Other discounts apply for students and the disabled or for the various stations along the way
Segontium Roman Fort saw active service between AD77 and AD395, it was originally built in wood but was gradually rebuilt using stone from from around AD140.
In it's heyday, garrisoned by the 20th Augustan Legion and surrounded by a shanty town which would have been inhabited by traders and and by the familys of the soldiers it would have represented an impressive urban complex in what would then have been a totaly rural part of the world.
The on site museum offers some fine examples of roman coins and other items that have been found on site.
The Museum and Fort are free to visit
they are open Tuesday to Sunday and on Bank Holiday Mondays.
opening times are 12:30 to 16:30
Caernarfon (Carnarvon in English) is certainly the most famous of the Many Castles of Wales; Begun in 1283 on the site of what was first a Roman fort and then a Norman motte and bailey castle built by 'Hugh of Avranches' sometime around 1090. The original motte was incorporated into the Edwardian castle, but was sadly destroyed around 1870.
King Edward I built Caernarfon castle to mark a pinnacle in his conquest of Wales, The castle was designed as a military stronghold, royal palace and as the seat of government.
The sheer scale and majestic controlling presence easily setting apart from apart from the rest and even to this day retains in no uncertain terms the intention of its builder King Edward I.
The castle was designed built to echo the walls of Constantinople, the imperial power of Rome and Edwards ultimate dream castle, and certainly even after all these years Caernarfon's immense strength and imposing power remains.
The castle stands at the mouth of the Seiont River and with its highly unique polygonal towers and Great intimidating battlements dominates the old walled town of Caernarfon which also founded by Edward I to house the builders and then castle employees.
Edward certainly made sure of the symbolic status of Caernarfon by making sure that his son, the first English Prince of Wales, was born there in 1284.
In 1969 the Caernarfon gained worldwide fame by hosting the Investiture of Prince Charles as The Prince of Wales.
The castle houses the Regimental Museum of the Royal Welch Fusiliers which is Wales's oldest regiment.
Many special events are held throughout the year.
Adults £5.10, Reduced rate £4.70
A Family Ticket is available at £15.00 for 2 adults and up to 3 children (under 16 years.)
The Castle is Open:
1st April to 31st October - 09.00 - 17.00 daily
1st November to 31st March - 09.30 - 16.00 Monday to Saturday, 11.00 - 16.00 Sunday
It is closed:- 24th, 25th, 26th December and 1st January.
Dolbadarn castle was set at the foot of Snowdon to control the entrance to the Llanberis Pass and the routes towards Caernarfon and the coast. It has a commanding position overlooking 2 placid lakes, Llyn Peris and Llyn Padarn. The only significant part of the castle remaining above ground is the cylindrical great keep. From the top of the tower it is possible to see the plan of the castle laid out in the foundations of the walls.
Dolbadarn castle is closely linked to Llywelyn ap Iorwerth (Llywelyn the Great), who emerged as the ruler of Gwynedd in 1202. It was he who built the great tower around 1234 and spent much time at the castle. After his death in 1240, a fierce family struggle for succession ensued, and it was not until 1255 that his grandson, Llywelyn ap Gruffydd (Llywelyn the Last) gained the upper hand and was confirmed as Prince of Wales by Henry III. However, Owain ap Gruffydd, who had lost out to his younger brother in the battle for control of North Wales, was imprisoned at the castle for 20 years! After Llywelyn was killed in a skirmish near Builth Wells in 1282, the castle was held by another brother, Dafydd ap Gruffydd, but was captured at the beginning of the following year by English troops. Dolbadarn was partly dismantled 2 years later and thereafter decayed rapidly.
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