Walking Through the Past: North Wales


You can buy my guides to walks on Anglesey and in Clwyd in a variety of formats:

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Learn a bit more about Anglesey

Anglesey is a large island off the north coast of Wales. It is relatively flat and low, the highest point being Holyhead Mountain at 220m. The walks on Anglesey thus involve little climbing. There is plenty of scope for coastal walks and visiting stunning beaches.

The island contains the remains of a large number of Neolithic burial mounds. Some contain decorated stones. There are stone-built Neolithic huts to be found in fairly large villages. Stone circles are rare but there are plenty of standing stones. Many villages contain stone circles that were build in the last hundred years to host Eisteddfodds.
The one significant Iron Age site is a hillfort that was attacked by the Romans. This perhaps was the site of a Roman lighthouse. There are quite a few defended Romano-British settlements. The nearest fort was on the mainland.
As a major part of Henry's campaign in Wales he constructed many great castles. Beaumaris is on Anglesey and is hailed as the best example of a concentric castle.

You can read more about about Anglesey at:
All About Anglesey
Gwynedd Archaeological Trust

Learn a bit more about Clwyd

Clwyd is a region just inside Wales in the north. It contains the Clwydian Range, a ridge rising out of the flat land. The highest point is Moel Famau at 554m. The views from the majority of walks in Clwyd are brilliant.

There are a few stone circles in the area but many are recent. Bronze Age cairns appear on hilltops and in fields. The largest burial mound in Britain is the Gop Cairn near Prestatyn (assuming Silbury Hill doesn't turn out to be one).
The area has long formed the boundary between England and Wales, even before the two countries existed in name. The ridge contains a line of Iron Age hillforts dominating every pass. The Dark Age Offa's Dyke runs along the ridge and on to the sea. There are plenty of Mediaeval castles, both earth and stone.

You can read more about about Clwyd at:
Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust

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