Lady of the lane: on the Sarn Elen trail in Snowdonia

According to myth, a female saint led the construction of a 160-mile Roman road running the length of Wales, a route that can still be traced through forests and hamlets near Betws-y-Coed

The first time I went looking for Sarn Elen, I couldn’t find it. The way wasn’t marked, and there were several possible paths. The Ordnance Survey OL map should have provided a clue; I could just about see the words “Roman road” on a faintly outlined track, but I’d left my glasses back at the B&B, and the print was so tiny I couldn’t make out which direction I needed to turn to find my way onto it.

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