Dryslwyn Castle – Towy Valley Guardian


As is the case with the nearby Carreg Cennen castle, Dryslwyn sits on a prominent outcrop situated in the middle of a valley. This strategic positioning in the centre of the Towy Valley allowed an uninterrupted view up and down the river allowing the people stationed and living at Dryslwyn to observe and regulate any movement along the river and valley.

Silhouette at dusk; the most recognisable view of Dryslwyn Castle.

Silhouette at dusk; the most recognisable view of Dryslwyn Castle.

Although little of the castle’s superstructure remains, a visit to the site still incites a feeling of awe and allows the observer to get a feel of how the castle guards the flood plane below; as one walks up the path to the summit of the outcrop one gets an immediate feel of the defensive nature of the castle. A walk along to the main entrance of the castle provides a spectacular ambling panorama view first down the valley to the east and as one follows the curve of the path, down the valley to the west.

My most recent visit to Dryslwyn was after work one afternoon; a grey and slightly gloomy dusky early evening whilst the Towy river below the castle was busy bursting its banks and covering the floodplain with a sheet of water. The view from the castle over the valley was spectacular and it was possible to see that when the river was in flood only those people in the know would have been able to traverse a safe passage through the floodplain, thus defending Dryslwyn Castle to an even greater extent.

A view across the flooded Towy Valley from the castle. Looking east.

A view across the flooded Towy Valley from the castle. Looking east.

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