Castell Dinas Brân

Legendary Journeys #12

Tintagel, Glastonbury and other places lay their claims but surely everyone knows that King Arthur was really Welsh.

There are lots of places in North East Wales where you can tread in Arthur’s legendary footsteps. The hillfort at Moel Arthur is named after him and his sword Excalibur is said to be buried under a rock on neighbouring Penycloddiau.

Best of all, some maintain the Holy Grail still lies buried in a cave deep below Castell Dinas Brân, the charismatic ruin crowning a craggy hilltop above Llangollen. Good luck finding it, whether you make the short but steep climb from Offa’s Dyke Path or follow the signposts from Llangollen canal wharf.

But even if you draw a blank, the 360-degree views from the top will be reward enough: west to the Horseshoe Pass, north to the scree slopes of the Eglwyseg Rocks, south to the wild Berwyn Mountains and east all the way down the Dee Valley to Pontcysyllte aqueduct and beyond.

Start: Mill Street car park, Llangollen LL20 8SD

Llangollen, UK
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