Tre'r Ceiri Hillfort,
some facts and my visit
Tre'r Ceiri in my view is the most impressive hillfort in Wales, as of it's state of preservation, it's height, and it's imposing location.
The fort is one of a number that sit in Lleyn Peninsula, and it sits right on the eastern side of this landform, on the north western tip of mainland Wales.
I have been there a couple of times, for instance on an occasion as a kid when we walked up from the road below, through the heather. As an adult, we parked at a car park, less than a hour's walk west of the fort. For us we walked along a one lane road, winding north west round the Yr Eifl mountain, which sits to the west of the mountain Tre'ri Ceiri sits on, and then went up the Yr Eifl, down it, and along path up to this ancient citadel, where Thomas Pennant visited and recorded so well in the 18th Century.
* It sits 485 metres above sea level, which gives it a great height, seeing it is not that far from the sea.
* From the eastern summit of the fort, you see Snowdonia to the east, then to the south, all the way past Harlech, then to the west the long distance of the Irish Sea. Then most impressively to the north, the span of Anglesey, and at it's tip, Holyhead Mountain, which has it's own fort atop it as well. Indeed 25 miles away, below Holyhead's Caer Y Twr. at it's harbour, you can even see the huge white ferries 25 miles away from here. Indicating the great viewscape of this fort.
* If you look from Dinas Dinlle from the north, you can see a number of peaks spans like shark fins across the Lleyn Peninsula, well Tre'r Ceiri is one of a number of these which have a similar kind of hillfort style. Indeed 2 others have very similar huts on them. In actual fact one is Garn Boduan at 279 metres high. Huts like this were also found at Braich y Dinas, though it was destroyed in the 20th Century by quarry workings.
* The fort's eastern summit overlooks a pass between it and a other mountain, with on the other side of there, Snowdonia not that far away.
* Experts estimate there were 20 roundhouses in the era before the Romans, for around 100 people, but unlike many forts this site peaked in the Roman era. At that time there were up to 400 inhabitants living there.
* The translation of the Welsh name, is the town of giants, though the huts do not look suitable for that purpose. So I like to think whatever purpose the site had, may have been one of the people here being powerful. Possibly one of trade with Ireland, or just the local power in the area,, quite autonomous under Rome.
* For my Tre'r Ceiri walk, we walked up from the car park, west of the peak that is west of the hill the fort is on, walked along a path, and then up that hill that is west of the fort, then down it to the hill the fort sits on. From both these peaks, you can see wide views, so why it is right to say Tre'r Ceiri Llyn, Peninsula,or Lleyn Peninusla. Indeed another time when we were younger we were dropped off at the foot of the hill the fort it on, and me and my parents and brothers walked up the hill straight up. Apparently there is a walk from Nant Gwytherin, and even a 3 peaks walk where you can walk from here to the other main peaks of the peninsula, but that is not something I did, a interesting coincidence as you can see these peaks from Snowdon and Vice versa. Tre'r Ceiri, is not spelt Tre' Ceiri or Tre Ceri.
* The pictures on this page are mine, and can only be used by me. Though it is easy for people to go there, and take pics themselves. We have a view from the west, and a view of one of the remains of a hut circle. There are more pictures below.
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