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    Snowdonia - Eryri

    by grayfo Written May 8, 2014

    The mountains of Snowdonia are among the most ancient rocks on earth, with the region covering 840 sq. miles of northwest Wales. Snowdonia is an area of small market towns and a large number of castles (although some are only ruins). For the very fit and active there are nine mapped trails up Snowdon and Cader Idris all graded as hard mountain walks, for the slightly less active there are paths and trails at all levels for all abilities. The Mawddach Trail is thought to be one of the best trails for cyclists as well as walkers in Britain and is among several easier walks suitable for people with limited mobility. For the less inclined there are also three scenic railway services. Must see sights/attractions include: Swallow Falls, The Fairy Glen, Betws-y-Coed, Bodnant Gardens, Llechwedd Slate Caverns and the Snowdon Mountain Railway to name but a few.

    June 2013

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    Llanberis

    by grayfo Written May 1, 2014

    Llanberis in Snowdonia National Park is a major tourist attraction, from here one can catch a train up the highest mountain in England and Wales or if fit, walk along the many routes to the summit at over three thousand feet high. Must see sights include: the ruins of Dolbadarn Castle, the churches of St Peria and St Padarn, the Snowden Mountain Railway, The National Slate Museum and the Llanberis Lake Railway to name but a few.

    June 2013

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    Conwy

    by grayfo Written Apr 24, 2014

    Conwy is a market town and popular tourist destination on the north coast of Wales; it is the classic walled town, with its circuit of walls stretching over three quarters of a mile and consisting of 22 towers. Must see sights and attractions include: Conwy Castle, Conwy Suspension Bridge, Plas Mawr (an Elizabethan House) and the Smallest House in Britain to name but a few.

    June 2013

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    Caernarfon

    by grayfo Written Apr 21, 2014

    Caernarfon is a royal town, port and the county town of Gwynedd, the town is located on the eastern shore of the Menai Straits and opposite the Isle of Anglesey. Partly due to the Castle Caernarfon has flourished, leading to its status as a major tourist centre with a thriving harbour and marina. The status of Royal Borough was granted by the Queen in 1963 and converted into the title of Royal Town in 1974. Must see sights/attractions include: Caernarfon Castle, the Market Hall and the Victoria Dock to name but a few.

    June 2013

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    Llandudno

    by grayfo Updated Feb 20, 2014

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    Llandudno is Wales's largest resort and is located between the Great and Little Ormes having two beaches, the award winning North Shore and the West Shore with its sand dunes. The town has a traditional Victorian and Edwardian elegance, despite its modern attractions. Must see attractions include: Llandudno Pier, the Happy Valley Gardens, and Mostyn Street for the shoppers to name but a few.

    June 2013

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    Lligwy burial chamber

    by muguruki Written Nov 6, 2012

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    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

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    Rhoscolyn burial chamber

    by muguruki Written Oct 30, 2012

    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!

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    Din Dryfol burial chamber

    by muguruki Updated Oct 30, 2012

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    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.

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    Llandegfan standing stone

    by muguruki Written Oct 15, 2012

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    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.

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    Barclodiad Y Gwares burial chamber

    by muguruki Updated Oct 15, 2012

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    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.

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    Penrhos-Feilw standing stones

    by muguruki Updated Oct 10, 2012

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    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.

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    Ty Newydd burial chamber

    by muguruki Updated Oct 5, 2012

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    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!

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    Snowdon (Llanberis Path)

    by Balam Written Oct 4, 2011

    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)

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    Dolbadarn Castle

    by Balam Written Oct 4, 2011

    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.

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    Bangor Cathedral

    by Balam Written Oct 4, 2011

    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.

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