The Vardre, Mountains Deganwy, Conwy County - Wales where to go, what to see and where to stay in Wales


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In Deganwy there is a hill which has two summits. Its name is the Vardre (108m, 354 feet). The hill has two rocky summits and was once home to fortifications that included Deganwy Castle (Degannwy). | The Vardre is an impressive backdrop to the village of Deganwy and can be seen from miles around. The summit offers fine views of the Conwy Estuary, yet it is easily accessible being just a short walk from the village centre. Maelgwn Gwynedd or Maelgwyn the King of Gwynedd, one of the most powerful of the Kings of Britain in the 6th Century, had some of the earliest fortifications on the Vardre but little remains of his stronghold. | In the 11th Century the Anglo Normans built a fortification on the Vardre which was later occupied and strengthened by the Welsh princes Llywelyn ap Iorwerth (the Great) and his grandson Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, before finally being destroyed by the Welsh as part of a scorched earth policy in answer to the latest English threat of invasion.
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