The Gyrn, Nr
Bala, Wales. 1998
The late Prof. Barri Jones spent much of his spare time tracing the route of a
Roman road which headed north from the Roman fort of Caersws near Newtown,
Mid-Wales. This road crosses some of the most inaccessible areas of central
Wales and Barri spent as much time as possible taking aerial photographs and
doing walking surveys. Slowly he built up the route, finding small stretches
which could still be seen, but where was the final destination?
A chance meeting with a Welsh hill farmer, who informed Barri that there was a
track on the farmer's and adjacent land that previous generations had always
maintained was Roman, led to us spending a number of weekends surveying what
Barri described as "the best preserved section of Roman road in Wales".