Old Oswestry Hill Fort
Attraction in Oswestry, Shropshire
Old Oswestry Hill Fort is the most impressive Iron Age hill fort on the Welsh Borders covering 40 acres.
Up and down the county you'll find about 25 hill forts - clear evidence of the Iron Age civilization which lived here around 600BC. These hill forts were built within deep ditches and sported high ramparts to keep out the riff-raff.
The Old Oswestry Hill Fort, known as Caer Ogyrfan after King Arthur's father in law, is said to be the birthplace of Queen Ganhumara, or Guinevere. It is also believed to have been the site for the final battle of the Powys king Cynddylan, the last descendant of King Arthur to rule in Shropshire.
The hill fort can be found on the northern outskirts of Oswestry, a constant reminder of the beginnings of the town and it is without a doubt the most spectacular of Shropshire's hill forts, and one of the best to be found in any part of Britain.
From the summit, on a clear day, you can see as far as Nesscliffe to the South East and Wrexham to the North.
From A5 towards Oswestry, come off the A5 on the B4580 (Whittington Road) towards Oswestry town centre. Follow the road until you come to cross-roads (with Gobowen Road). Go over junction on to Coppice Drive. Follow the road to the left onto Wat's Drive and at the mini roundabout turn right onto Llwyn Road. Follow Llwyn Road for about 1/2 a mile until you see the hillfort on the right and a small car park on the left.
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