Rhaeadr Ddu---The Black Falls,Ganllwyd, Dolgellau
Rhaeadr Ddu waterfalls where King Arthur was said to have done
battle with the then King of Gwynedd Maelgwn in 537 (see King Arthur, The
truth behind the legend by Rodney Castleden). Later stories in the Middle
Ages meddled with the original figures and turned Maelgwn into his nephew
Mordred. More magical and mythical elements were also added to embellish the tales
that are better known today.
Near the falls in Ganllwyd, off the A470 Roman Road,
author Rodney Castleden says Arthur was ambushed and a great massacre occurred
Accounts say there was a 'cadgamlan', an utter
rout in Welsh. The River Gamlan flows down in to the falls from Cwm Camlan.
The possibility that this could indeed by the famed battleground should
perhaps not be dismissed out of hand. Glyn-yr-aur is within easy reach of
this site, which can help reacquaint people with a more accurate account and
history of Arthur's life.
Follow the slideshow of a walk to the falls.
Park in the village of Ganllwyd and start at the now restored and only survivng example (outside of Africa) British Mission Hut.
Just walk upstream to the falls and downstream to return!