A Bronze Age burial ground in beautiful Snowdonia
When the reservoir at Llyn Brenig was under construction, a detailed archaeological survey of the area revealed evidence of human activity dating back several thousand years. Between 6500–3000 BC Mesolithic and Neolithic hunters built seasonal settlements from which they hunted local game. Between 2000–1500 BC, the area seems to have been developed into a vast ceremonial site with numerous burial complexes. Many of these monuments have been reconstructed, and the Llyn Brenig Archaeological Trail has been created to guide the visitor on a tour of Bronze Age Gwynedd.
The trail forms a circular route from the car park on the north-east side of Llyn Brenig and is approximately 2.5 miles (4km) long. Within this relatively short distance are numerous Bronze Age burial cairns, around eight or nine in total. Several medieval dwellings, believed to be hafotai (or summer houses) where herders grazed their livestock in the summer months,are also in the area. Look out for Maen Cleddau, the Sword’s Stone, a large boulder with a section sliced off – said to be the work of a sword-wielding giant.
In recent years the site has been extensively developed as a visitor attraction. At the visitor centre itself, an exhibition details the archaeological discoveries made in the area and an audio trail and guides (including one for children) are available. Download the audio guide in advance below.
Brenig Archaeology Trail
- Good Walks Nearby
- Family Walk
From Denbigh take the B4501 in the direction of Cerrigydrudion. Follow signposts for Archaeological Trail approx. 7 miles from Denbigh.
Betws y Coed - approx 17 miles
Llyn Brenig Trail on B4501
Moderate circular walk approx. 2 1/2 miles from car park. Walking boots required. Dogs must be on lead.
Full Figure Grid Reference: SH 983574
OS Landranger map sheet: 124
- Llyn Brenig Archaeological Trail , Cerrigydrudion