Discover the remains of medieval summer pasture buildings, nestling in a hanging valley above the dramatic Llanberis Pass
The remains of two simple medieval dwellings are to be found on a ridge high above Nant Peris, near the Climbing Club Centre of Ynys Ettws. One building has been excavated, and dating evidence suggests that it was built as early as the middle of the 11th century and was used for several centuries.
In medieval times farmers commonly moved livestock to the uplands over the summer months. These two houses were probably ‘hafotai’, summer dwellings used by farmers while tending their livestock.
Both have been cut into the hillside to provide a level platform for building, and are sometimes referred to as ‘platform houses’. The two houses stand about 60m apart, and were built close to freshwater springs.
Today the remains consist of large dry-stone wall boulders, and only the shape of the houses can be seen. The original turf or thatch roof, as well as any timber structures, have long since disappeared.
The walk also provides fine views along Nant Peris and over towards the climbs on the south side of Glyder Fawr.
- Accessible by Public Transport
- Good Walks Nearby
Off the A4086 Nant Peris
Betws y Coed - 12 miles
Bus stop at Gwastadnant
Cross river from Pont y Gromlech and walk west for 500m to top of low spur or climb up from behind Ynys Ettws
Upland walk over boggy ground. Walking boots required. OS Map essential.
Full Figure Grid Reference: SH 626566
OS Landranger map sheet: 115
- Nant Peris, LL55 4NU