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Stay A While in Corwen!


Caer Drewyn, the hill fort above the northern banks of the River Dee opposite Pen-y-Pigyn, may have been built during the Iron-Age but it was inhabited both in times of peace and during wars for centuries after.

It was used by the Welsh in 1165 against the invasion of Henry II and Owain Glyndwr himself may well have resorted to its sanctuary during his own campaign against the English.

caer drewyn hill fort from the air

In places the collapsed dry-stone embankment still presents a parapet and walkway. Whilst during the Iron Age, inside the walls was probably dense with timber roundhouses, the only hut site still visible today is a flattened round platform lying to the east, opposite a very large stone in the base of the rampart.

Reconstruction of Iron Age settlement
It’s not difficult – standing on the ridge - to understand why Caer Drewyn was such a useful look-out point and on a clear day you can see all the way to Snowdon and Tryfan in the Snowdonia National Park, and along both the Dee Valley and Clwydian Range. View from Caer Drewyn
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