The ruins of Castell y Bere do not rise to any great height, but they do clearly show the layout of the castle, built on a rocky outcrop in the Dysynni valley. Its isolated location in a beautiful setting makes it worth visiting for the scenery alone.
The castle was built by Llywelyn the Great in the 1220's, and guarded what was once a major route though the mountains. In 1283 the castle fell to the forces of Edward I, led by Robert l'Estrange and William de Valence. The castle was refortified by the English and held until 1294 when it was attacked during a Welsh revolt led by Madog ap Llywelyn. The castle was badly damaged and subsequently abandoned.
Location: Llanfihangel y Pennant, Abergynolwyn, Gwynedd
Photographer: Martin Skidmore