Coming up: Alli’s big Welsh Castle Wander

This summer I’ll be embarking on an epic medieval wander through the magnificent castles of King Edward 1st (reigned 1272 – 1307) in North Wales. It’s a very exciting project, and the blog will follow my adventures in real time, and tell the fascinating story of how these English castles came to shape the lands of the last native Prince of Wales.

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The majestic Conwy Castle will be explored on the tour. 

In July I’ll be setting off on my mainly walking tour of King Edward’s ‘Iron Ring’. Starting from Chester and working my way across North Wales around to Harlech, I’ll stop to explore each of the great castles, unearth their stories and chart the events that led to England and Wales becoming united under this 13th Century warrior king. So join me on a real Castle Quest and track the epic medieval story of how a Welsh prince and an English king locked horns and changed the course of British history.

24 thoughts on “Coming up: Alli’s big Welsh Castle Wander

    • True, Caernarfon is my favourite too, the jewel in the crown. Good point about the towers though – you have to be fit for those. But I get vertigo too, so that really kicks in at the top of the Eagle tower. I’m probably not the best person to be a castle fanatic, but you can’t choose what you love!


  1. Then hopefully the vertigo will eventually wear off for me too. I guess it’s just a case of keeping going until you get used to it. Well done on conquering it though.


  2. Man, what a cool tour! And that’s an amazing photo! I love seeing the skeleton of the architecture, with that cool buttress-like arch and those great towers and those thick, thick walls! Very cool. Your Tolkien quote on your homepage is one of my very favorites. And quite apropos your passion! And I love your photo – you look great with your hair flowing out of that cloak like that – you look the perfect person to lead us all on this journey!

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    • Thank you, Lindsay! That’s very kind. Those thick walls are storing some amazing tales and I’m really looking forward to telling them. The Welsh Wars are a great journey, and I’ll be literally walking through it in my own hobbit-like journey. A real castle quest. Thanks so much for reading.


  3. Thought I’d check out your itinerary in Wales. I’ll be following you all the way. Good luck with it and I hope the Ratmobile is up to the job 🙂

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    • Thanks Malc, and I’m glad you’re looking forward to it. I am too, although I’m still putting the finishing touches to the arrangements. My Latin module was so intense this year it had to be put on the back burner for a while. But the set of from Chester is scheduled for 22nd, so one way or another I’ll be ready. And there’ll be a lead-in post later this week or at the weekend. Where did the time go? Thanks for reading and here’s to a good castle quest… 🙂

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  4. I’ve just realised that it appears you are walking most of the journey. That’s no mean feat. I’ll be reading your next post with interest. 🙂

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    • Yup, it’s mainly walking, with a few other transports thrown in. For example, I’m flying the Caernarfon to Harlech bit to get some aerial pics before visiting Harlech the next day. Looking forward to that bit! 🙂

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  5. Amazing! Let’s pray for some decent weather. No doubt you’ll want to get to bed shortly, so I’ll speak to you later in the week. It sounds one hellava trip though 🙂

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    • Thanks Malc, decent weather would be good, or it may involve a bit more driving – not in Ratty though, he’s not big enough to carry 3 weeks’ worth of luggage! As long as it’s not boiling like last year though, that would be really tough. To be honest, I’d rather it rained… Speak soon. 🙂

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    • That’s great, Martha. I thought it would be. It’ll be lovely to have you along for the ride. I’m sure we’ll have some good chats en route. 🙂


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