‘The Lair of the Greyhound Bitch’
Llety’r Filiast means ‘The Lair of the Greyhound Bitch’ and is a name applied, with variation, to a number of different tombs around Wales. Intriguingly no story survives to explain why this name was chosen for these sites.
Llety’r Filiast on the Great Orme belongs to the class of tombs known as portal dolmens and is believed to date to the Neolithic period, around 3000 BC. It consists of a rectangular chamber built of large stone slabs, set within a cairn that has been incorporated in the end of a natural rock outcrop. The outcrop is now grassed over, so it gives the appearance of one long mound.
The chamber has been much damaged over the years and has partially collapsed. The original tomb appears to have been rectangular, 2 metres (6 feet) by 1.6 metres (5 feet) by 1.25 metres (4 feet) high. It stands at the east end of an oval mound incorporating a natural outcrop of rock and the remains of the cairn that originally covered the chamber.
- Accessible by Public Transport
- Good Walks Nearby
- Family Walk
Follow Cromlech Road
Llandudno - 1 mile
Palladium on Gloddaeth Avenue
Follow road and paths up Great Orme. This is an uphill walk for 20 minutes from Tram Station.
On approach to Halfway Station head along Cromlech Road, burial chamber is in field. Easy access on foot. Visible from road to summit.
Full Figrure Grid Reference: SH 772829
OS Landranger map sheet: 115
- Llety'r Filiast