The power of Snowdonia

An exciting new project is shining a spotlight on a mysterious period in Snowdonia’s past, when the mountains of Eryri formed the power base of a dynasty that produced some of Wales’ greatest native rulers.

The power and the glory of Snowdonia. Llywelyn the Great’s stronghold at Dinas Emrys emerges from the mist beyond Beddgelert. © National Trust.

The power and the glory of Snowdonia. Llywelyn the Great’s stronghold at Dinas Emrys emerges from the mist beyond Beddgelert. © National Trust.

The craggy summit of Dinas Emrys, which stands at the entrance to Snowdonia’s beautiful Nantgwynant valley is known all over Wales as the mythological birthplace of the red dragon.  But few people know that the hill was also the site of a small castle linked to Llywelyn the Great.

As one of the partners in the European Union / Welsh Government funded Princes of Gwynedd project, we are enhancing access to the landscape of the princes in this beautiful part of Snowdonia through a range of activities.

These include the recruitment and training of volunteer guides to lead visitors to Dinas Emrys on a planned programme of guided walks, and the development of information displays, both at the Tourist Information Centre at Beddgelert and the start point for the walks at nearby Craflwyn.

The project also includes the creation of a new easy-access viewpoint for Dinas Emrys and a comprehensive programme of path repair and improvement to the site itself.

For more information about the project click here

The Princes of Gwynedd project is led by Conwy County Borough Council in partnership with Gwynedd Council, Snowdonia National Park Authority and the National Trust, as part of Cadw’s £19m Heritage Tourism Project which is largely funded by the Welsh Government and from EU Convergence Funds.

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