I am coming to the end of the first part of my 2016 residency at Stiwdio Maelor, so yesterday (Thursday, 6 Oct) I picked up a rental car, which I’ll be using for my five weeks of researching sites and visiting friends, after which I return for another 11 weeks at the residency. Before my departure, though, I decided to visit a favourite site and a new destination.
|Part of the path through the oak woods to Dina Emrys|
|View from the top of Dinas Emrys of Llyn Dinas and surrounding hills|
|One of the ruins on top of Dinas Emrys|
|View of dried out pool, with 'offering platform' on the right|
|Another view of the famous pool, showing part of the ridge around the hollow|
|Tower foundations and the small cave I meditated in last year|
|Another view from Dinas Emrys|
Although I wanted to commune with the site, the constant chainsaw noise from the opposite valley wall and the giggling and chattering of various visitors, who obviously had no idea of the place they were tramping through, hampered my efforts. Eventually, I had enough peace and quiet to watch a wren flit around a nearby oak tree, which was smothered by green moss, then swoop across the hollow, from the pool that Merlin said contained the duelling Red and White Dragons, to the castle ruins at the other end, then out of sight. Later, the same bird, or maybe its mate, serenaded me for several minutes when I had just finished a meditation, after which the chainsaw gang started up again and I realised it was time for me to move on.
|The men chainsawing and burning off|
|Waterfall and pool from the path back from Dinas Emrys|
When I visited the site previously, I had no intention of using it for my novel. However, during this visit I came up with an idea of how to use the place, an idea that could possibly solve a problem I was having in the story. Such insights have happened unexpectedly at various sacred sites I’ve been visiting over the last few years and I am thankful for them.
I'll write about the second site visit for the day in my next blog post.
As always, any comments are appreciated.
P.S. The colour coding on the map at Crawflwyn Hall is misleading. The best route for getting to Dinas Emrys is to walk through the carpark to the road, turn right, follow the path to the Neuadd/Hall, walk between the two groups of buildings, go through the metal gate and follow the yellow trail (see map below), making sure to turn to the right (black trail on map) and follow it through some gates, over and along the river, over a stile and up through a wooded ridge to the summit.
|Map of trails from Craflwyn (source, with detailed instructions)|