Pen Y Brin, Glyn y Groes, Denbighshire, Wales

Pen Y Brin, Glyn y Groes, Denbighshire, Wales

When I first trotted along the track in the photo, I was a mere public bridalway like so many of its kind. After the passage of a few years, a more recent visit together with a more recent O.S. Explorer map reveal this to have become part of the Clwydian Way, a long countepart to the national trail that is Offa's Dyke Path. The valley below this track along the slopes of Fron Fawr has gained the name of Glyn y Groes, a name which means valley of the cross. In this case, the cross in question is Eliseig's Pillar near the A542 and it's only a shadow of its former glory following its smashing in the Civil War of the seventeenth century. The original height was a rather impressive 25 feet high but now only a comparative stump of 8 feet in height remains. The pillar was a monument erected to one of the princes of Powys by his great-grandson in the ninth century and had inscribed on it the full lineage of the princes of Powys. Having 25 feet of height with which to work must have been invaluable for this kind of thing.

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