Legends of giants from the prehistoric past
This well-known local landmark is believed to date to the Bronze Age in the 2nd millennium BC. A slender, pointed slab, it stands over 3 metres (10 feet) high. Little is known regarding its construction, but the name itself, which translates into English as ‘The Stone of Idris’, was in use before the 17th century when it was first recorded. Legend has it that the giant Idris sat on his chair at the summit of nearby Cader Idris and kicked a stone, which landed in a field near the village of Trawsfynydd. The stone lies near an ancient road, which connected the Roman forts of Tomen y Mur north of Trawsfynydd with that at Caer Gai, near Llyn Tegid.
A Roman tile kiln has been discovered nearby. However, much of the landscape was used as a military training ground until the 1960s, and this may have compromised other archaeological sites that could once have existed near Llech Idris. Nevertheless this impressive monument is well worth a visit, and it is a must-see for anyone interested in the British Isles’ prehistoric past. The stone stands in private pasture, but is visible from the road below.
- Accessible by Public Transport
- Good Walks Nearby
From Trawsfynydd go south on the A470 and take 2nd left signposted Abergeirw. After approx 2 miles take left-hand fork then after 500 metres right-hand fork. Stone in field below on right (visible from road).
Porthmadog - 15 miles
Nearest bus stop Bronaber - 1 1/2 miles
Standing stone is 350 metres down track
Walking boots required. Path can be wet and muddy. Dogs must be on lead. OS map required.
Bedd Porius nearby on north side of road.
Full Figure Grid Reference - Llech Idris: SH 731311, Bedd Porius: SH733315
OS Landranger map sheet: 124
- Llech Idris, Trawsfynydd