Roman Road above Rowen, Roman Sites Rowen, Conwy County - Wales where to go, what to see and where to stay in Wales


Welsh Uplands Rowen Conwy_County Wales
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The Roman Road above Rowen is part of the route from the Roman Fort of Segontium in Caernarfon to the Fort at Deva (Chester). The route is 74 (Roman) miles long with stations at the forts of Canovium (Caerhun on the banks of the Conwy River) and Varis (presumed to be St Asaph on the banks of the River Elwy). | The road had been a regular route through the mountains for many centuries before the Roman occupation of Britain as evidenced by the abundance of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments to be found in this section of the Welsh Uplands. Ancient hut-circles, burial chambers and standing stones abound alongside the Roman Road, including the Maen y Bardd burial chamber and the standing stones of Bwlch y Ddeufaen.| Although the Romans followed the general direction of the ancient track, they altered the line of the road wherever they thought it necessary. Later alterations to the line of the road have left parts of the Roman Road visible to this day, including a roughly 850m stretch of road/trackway running generally west-north-west from the car park at Bwlch y Ddeufaen (SH72097154 to SH71277188). | Following the Bwlch y Ddeufaen section the road is next seen with any certainty some 5.5km to the west-north-west, at Madryn, between Abergwyngregyn and Llanfairfechan, close to the find-spot of a Roman milestone. | The Roman road is 4.5m wide and appears as either a shelf cut into the hillside (visible to the east of the Bwlch y Ddeufaen car park where the Roman line is above the more modern road) or as a raised bank. | No less than four Roman Milestones from the Caerhun to Aber section have survived, with three to be seen in Bangor Museum. Two stones, dated AD 121 and AD 208 respectively, were found at Rhiwiau Uchaf (SH679727 - west of Coed Rhiwiau). Another, at Madryn (between Abergwyngregyn and Llanfairfechan) was dated AD 262, while another, dated to the fourth century AD, was found to the east of the pass at Bwlch y Ddeufaen (SH719716).
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