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Meander where Normans conquered.

The woodlands north of Dinas Powys shade ancient fortifications which formed part of King Arthur's network of defences. Normans were able to capture the site when Iestyn ap Gwrgan, the last native ruler of Morgannwg, quarrelled with his kinsman Einion ap Collwyn over a woman.

Discover glorious unspoilt countryside on the very edge of Cardiff by following this route of five and a half miles from Dinas Powys railway station at grid ref ST154710 on OS Explorer 151.

Cross the A4055 road, go right along its pavement for 100 yards and turn left up a walled path.

Go left up Wesley Court, turn right along the higher Pen-y-Turnpike Road and when you come to a triangular green, fork left. Go up Highwalls Road to its end.

Continue past a golf clubhouse on your left. Bear right, as waymarked, around the edge of the golf course and through woodland, then along a fenced path between fields.

Turn left at a path junction to walk through woodland and fields. Ignore a track on your right shortly before taking a bridge across a river.

Go left up a road, passing houses on your right. Bear left down a waymarked path which passes above a house and goes upstream with the salmon leaps of Wrinstone Brook on your left.

Emerge from woodland to cross a field and join a farm access lane.

Go right to approach a road but turn right along a stoney, hedged, track.

Bear right when this forks and go right at a road to descend to the bridge used to cross the river, now on your right.

Go right to return across it and soon fork left at the track junction to follow this waymarked path back to the road at Dinas Powys.

Again, go right and then turn left at Wesley Court to immediately fork right down the walled path to retrace your steps to the A4055 and the railway station. n

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 24, 2002
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