Castell Dinas Bran, Llangollen

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Castell Dinas Brân is a medieval castle standing high on a hill above the town of Llangollen in Denbighshire, Wales. It is also the site of an Iron Age hillfort. There is also a British Rail Class 25 named after this castle, it has been preserved on the Great Central Railway (heritage railway) and its number is D5185.Early historyThe first building placed at Dinas Brân was not the castle which now stands in ruins on top of the hill but an Iron Age hillfort built around 600 BC. An earthen rampart was constructed probably topped by a wooden palisade and this was further protected by a deep ditch on the shallower southern slope. The walls of the hillfort encircled a village of roundhouses. Dinas Brân is one of many hillforts in this part of Wales; Moel y Gaer is just a couple of miles to the north-west near the Horseshoe Pass, and another is close by at Y Gardden in Ruabon to the east. There are many others on the Clwydian Hills further to the north and in the Marches to the south.(Kightly, 2003)
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  • August 21, 2017
    We walked up to Castell Dinas Bran, it's a proper climb, but well signposted with clear paths. We couldn't believe on such a beautiful day we were the only people there! Fantastic views, good signage ...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    If you go to Llangollen you have to climb up Castell Dinas Bran (Crow castle) the steep climb is well worth the views...Stunning and on a clear day you can see for miles and miles! Great place to get ...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    The views are just as pretty going up as when you get to the top. We are not hikers, and so this was a big undertaking which took us an hour to climb to the top, with lots of stops to catch our breath...  more »
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  • A lovely walk with amazing views at the top. Love this place!
  • Not too tough of a hike. Pathways are clearly marked. Takes about 30-45 minutes depending on the chosen path. Well worth it for the views of the rubbles and the surrounding valley
  • Did the Llangollen History Trail which is approx 6 miles/10 km long. The view from the top is stunning and worth the effort. If you look in the mid distance you can see Pontcysyllte aqueduct which is worth a visit too.
  • A great little walk from Llangollen (about 30 minutes each way) with stunning views from the top!
  • Quite a climb to the top and really is only ruins

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