Craig y Ddinas
Not far from Neath is Craig y Ddinas. Legend has it Arthur and a thousand of his warriors are fast asleep in a hidden cave here! It is in fact a hillfort and an Iron Age stronghold with its naturally defensible position capping a steep-sided promontory.
Craig y Ddinas hillfort was an Iron Age stronghold. Long and thin, it’s a naturally defensible position capping a steep-sided promontory. It lays claim, along with many other places, to Arthurian connections based on the legend of a hidden cave housing mythical subterranean sleeping warriors.
Other knightly goings... Richard de Granville, who founded Neath Abbey, once the largest monastery in Wales, was one of the Twelve Knights of Glamorgan, followers of Robert Fizthamon, Norman conqueror of Glamorgan.
Margam Country Park
Used extensively as a filming location for the Merlin TV series, Margam Country Park, the 850-acre estate two miles east of Port Talbot, is steeped in history, wildlife and natural beauty. What’s more, it stages a whole range of medieval events through the year, from archery to knights displays. margamcountrypark.co.uk
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Actor Richard Burton, who was born in Pontrhydyfen, Afan Forest Park, and lived in Taibach throughout his childhood and teenage years, played King Arthur in the original Broadway production of Camelot, 1960-1963. Two walking trails, entitled The Birthplace Trail and Childhood Trail and available to download on visitpt.co.uk, will take you in Richard’s footsteps around Pontrhydyfen and Taibach. Both trails include a children’s play area and a scenic picnic spot.
Enchanting places to stay
You can stay close to the attractions of Margam Park at Ivy Cottage Margam, holidaycottages.co.uk
Or family-run, self-catering Swansea Valley Holiday Cottages are on 120 acres of private countryside on the historic Plas Cilybebyll Estate, between Brecon Beacons National Park and Gower Peninsula. Cilybebyll Estate is linked to Urien Rheged and his son Owain ap Urien, who was one of Arthur’s Knights walescottages.com
Alternatively, stay in an historic tower at the Towers Hotel and Spa thetowersswanseabay.com