Explore a mysterious Bronze Age settlement and burial ground
In common with many other hillforts in this part of Wales, the site at Cefn Caer Euni was chosen specifically because of its naturally defensible position. Built on a rocky ridge between Bala and Corwen, the south-east side of the hill drops away steeply while a double row of banks and ditches protected the north-western side. The enclosure measured around 2 hectares in total, and crop marks suggest that as many as 25 roundhouses, probably dating from the Iron Age, may have once occupied the site. The National Museum Wales now holds two Iron Age spindle whorls found at Cefn Caer Euni.
The hill is also the site of three cairns. These are thought to be Bronze Age circular funerary cairns, dating to the late 3rd to early 2nd millennium BC. Little is known of their origin, however, or of those who were buried here.
From Bala take the A494 north east to Bethel. Follow small road to Cwm Main.
Chirk - 23 miles
Nearest bus stop at Llandderfel turning on the A494
On road cycling
Approximately 1/2 mile walk
Mountain track. Walking boots and OS map required.
Full Figure Grid Reference: SH 993410
OS Landranger map sheet: 125
- Cefn Caer Euni Hillfort, Bala