Nant Gwrtheyrn and Tre’r Ceiri Hill-fort

29 July 2018

10:00 - 17:00

Nant Gwrtheyrn
Nant Gwrtheyrn
Llithfaen
Pwllheli
Gwynedd
United Kingdom
LL53 6NL

Tel:01758 750 334

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RPS Member£6.00 
Non RPS Member£7.00 
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Images (c) Richard Glynne Jones and Mark Reeves

 

Two walking options are on offer on this event.

1. Nant Gwrtheyrn


Nant Gwrtheyrn is a secret valley at the base of Y Eifl (The Rivals). Y Eifl comprises three distinctive hills, which some might regard as a gateway to the Lleyn Peninsula in Gwynedd, in North West Wales. Nant Gwrtheyrn takes its name from Brenin Gwrtheyrn, a disgraced Kentish king who ruled ancient Britain early in the fifth century.


In recent times, it has become famous for its Welsh Language and Heritage Centre, It is sometimes referred to as 'the Nant' and is named after the valley where it was located, Nant Gwrtheyrn ("Vortigern's Creek"), which lies in isolation by the sea at the foot of Yr Eifl. The centre is built within the structures of the former quarrying village Porth y Nant, which was abandoned midway through World War II after the cessation of quarrying.


It is located near the village of Llithfaen on the northern coast of the Lleyn Peninsula, 


Photographically, it offers several closely connected opportunities from a post-industrial landscape in a compact area to a pebbled beach framed by cliffs. Facing west, the rising ground all around the Nant can offer a wonderful light, and a unique Welsh landscape punctuated with dry stone walls and ruined dwellings.

The secluded Nant is the setting for one of Wales’ most tragic love stories. It tells of Rhys and Meinir grew up in the Nant, living on local farms. It was not long until their childhood friendship blossomed into love, and they decided to get married, What eventually unfolded was a tragic tale of lost love. The finding of Meinir is etched in Welsh folklore tradition.


The Welsh Language and Heritage Centre ensures that café facilities remain close at hand, together with car parking. The latter becomes a welcome relief after the dramatic road descent to hidden and compact landscape offering mountains, beach and seascapes.

2. Tre’r Ceiri Iron Age Hillfort

For the more energetic, and of course depending on the weather and light, you can elect to park in the facility before the descent down into Y Nant. This is a high level walk on the two landward hills of Y Eifl.

It has to be stressed that this is a moderate hill walk. As a result, it is recommended that appropriate footwear and clothing are used.

The walk follows a path leading to the central hill in Y Eifl chain. From there a path leads and down and across to Tre’r Ceiri. The latter is one of the finest Iron Age hill-forts in Wales if not in Britain. The double vallation is broken by two original gateway entrances. From this viewpoint, extensive views are afforded of Arfon, Dwyfor and the Lleyn Peninsula. Views are also afforded of the landscape down to Nant Gwrtheyrn. In the distance, the mountains of Northern Snowdonia and Y Wyddfa (Snowdon) can be clearly visiibler.

The site provides evidence of inhabitation in the area are the two well-known Iron Age hillforts which dominate the high ground above Nant Gwrtheyrn. Tre’r Ceiri and Yr Eifl were both inhabited between 150 BC and 400 AD. Little is known about these early inhabitants, other than they depended heavily on the local iron which was exported and sold.


The walk was used a BBC Cymru walking programme, and the PDF map can be provided on the day of the walk if required.


The party can enjoy the café facilities at the centre having completed the circular walk.

Practical arrangements

Main car park at the Welsh Language and Heritage Centre

 

f you are coming on a course or staying at Nant Gwrtheyrn you are welcome to bring your car down into the village, leaving it in the small car park. If you are visiting Nant Gwrtheyrn for the day or just a few hours, we kindly ask (because of lack of parking space and road safety) those visitors who can, to walk down to the village from the car park on the left at the top of hill. It will take a 20 – 30 minute walk to get down and a 40 – 50 minute walk to get back up. Anyone unable to walk that distance, for physical reasons, are welcome to bring their car down to the village.


From Caernarfon
Follow the A499 towards Pwllheli, looking out for the brown Nant Gwrtheyrn directional signs as you approach Llanaelhaearn. Turn off the A499 at Llanaelhaearn towards Nefyn (B4417). Having reached the village of Llithfaen, turn right at the crossroads opposite the shop and Post Office. Follow this road for about 2 miles (3.3km) past houses on the right and a car park on the left before the road becomes narrow and descends into the valley. Please take care on this road – there aren’t many passing bays. There is a small car park on your right just before entering the village.


From Porthmadog
Follow the A497 towards Cricieth. Drive through Cricieth and past the village of Llanystumdwy. Turn right off the A497 past Llanystumdwy towards Chwilog (B4354). Follow this road until you come to the village of Y Ffôr, turn right at the crossroads towards Llanaelhaearn (A499). At Llanaelhaearn, look out for the brown Nant Gwrtheyrn directional signs and turn left towards Nefyn (B4417). Having reached the village of Llithfaen turn right at the crossroads opposite the shop and Post Office. Follow this road for about 2 miles (3.3km) past houses on the right and a car park on the left before the road becomes narrow and descends into the valley. Please take care on this road – there aren’t many passing bays. There is a small car park on your right just before entering the village.

Lunch

Whilst attendees can elect to bring there own provisions, the Café Meinhir at the Centre usually provides wider options. The latter will be checked by the organiser prior to the event.
Whilst the café in the language centre may be open and available to us, it is recommended that attendees also bring their own supplies as appropriate

 

Richard Glynne Jones
Email the event organiser
07974 235840

Region: North WalesGroup(s): Landscape