Historic Landscape Characterisation

Caernarfon/Nantlle – Area 47 Dinas Dinlle-Aberdesach PRN 15746


This view, which looks south, shows the hill fort of Dinas Dinlle in the centre, with area 47 and its large fields and scattered settlement stretching out beyond. The foreground is part of area 19.



Historical background

An area traditionally dominated by the Glynllifon estate and its antecedents. It includes the hill-fort of Dinas Dinlle. The area has a number of associations with the fourth branch of the Mabinogion .

Key historic landscape characteristics

Dominant hillfort, large fields, farms

A coastal strip extending from the eroding hill-fort at Dinas Dinlle to the limit of the study area at Aberdesach. The dominant form of architecture is the substantial estate-built farmhouse and associated outbuildings, of which there are several in the area, though there is a nucleated settlement at Pontllyfni (mainly comprising twentieth-century housing set in estates) and small clusters of (late) houses along the main Caernarfon to Pwllheli road. The fact that the area is coastal and low-lying means that the fields are large and irregular, and many of the boundaries are drains.



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