|Llangollen from the canal
Penny and I went into Llangollen to do some shopping while Jim and Richard walked to Dinas Bran Castle. The castle visible today was probably built by Gruffydd II ap Madog son of Madog ap Gruffydd Maelor sometime in the 1260s. The castle became a prized possession of the princes of Powys Fadog where they lived. Dinas Bran's power did not go unnoticed by English forces. In 1277, during Edward I's initial foray into Wales, the Earl of Lincoln, Henry de Lacy, besieged the castle. The Welsh lord of Dinas Bran was forced to submit to the invading army, which promptly set the site afire, completely destroying it.
|Dinas Bran Castle (photo courtsey of Castlewales.com)
After a lunch of pasties and oggys we set off back down the canal. We had no set destination and found a nice spot just before Trevor. Penny and I had bought BBQ food to have at some stage (always hopeful!) but Richard declared that it was too windy tonight.