Posted by: travelrat | June 6, 2017

Dolbadarn Castle

Dolbadarn Castle

Llanberis: 2nd April 2017.

I usually rise early, and, since our programme didn’t start till 9.30, there was plenty of time to ‘walk the virtual dog’ and have a look at the surrounding countryside. I didn’t have to walk far, though … the ruined Dolbadarn Castle is only a short step away from the Royal Victoria Hotel.

It was never part of King Edward I’s ‘Ring of Steel’, but a ‘Welsh Castle’; ideally placed (presumably, there were less trees about in those days) for surveillance of anyone coming over the Llanberis Pass.

It stands on a low hill, on the isthmus between the lakes Llyn Padarn and Llyn Peris. Look one way, and you’ll see the slopes of Elidir, ruined by extensive slate quarrying, running down to Llyn Peris and the power station. Look the other, and you’ll see Llyn Padarn … a complete contrast, as my picture shows.

Llyn Padarn 2

Disclosure: I travelled to Snowdonia as the guest of North Wales Tourism. 

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