As we (7 ladies) were stopping the night at the bunkhouse (nurses block) at CRAIG Y NOS CASTLE we decided to explore Craig Y Nos Country Park and the surrounding area which is right next to the castle itself. We used a walk on the iFootpath website, which you can download onto your phone using the iFootpath app.
The country park is beautiful, we passed by a lake, and walked along a river, all within the imposing sight of the castle. We then crossed the main road and up a marked footpath which led through a campsite where we saw Craig Y Nos’s very own ‘ancient’ stone circle formations. And not just one, but several of them in all the campsite fields. We debated amongst ourselves for a bit as to whether they were original stone circles and if so why weren’t they on our ordnance survey map.
We then took the path which took us though the campsite passing a field of emus, or were they ostriches? (cue another unresolved debate – are you sensing a theme here?), up a field to cross a river by stepping stones which were covered by fast flowing water. No debating ensued here, none of us were willing to get soggy shoes and trousers so we turned round and retraced our steps stopping to look at some life size dinosaurs on the way on the hillside at the back of the campsite (yes really – we hadn’t started drinking in case you were wondering).
We then went back though the country park, entering the castle by the rear gardens off the country park which were eerily magical in the fading light. There are lots of lovely hostels and bunkhouses in South Wales and Craig Y Nos Castle is certainly an unusual one with a great local walk and plenty to see. My kids would have loved it!
PS They were ostriches – I googled it when I got home.