Sarn Helen – the mysterious way through Wales (part 1)

The Ordnance Survey maps of West Wales show a dashed line running from south to north, sometimes on the course of modern roads, sometimes over hills and moorland, sometimes raised on a causeway, sometimes disappearing from view. It is labelled as Sarn Helen, often with ‘ROMAN ROAD’ in bold lettering beside. But was this route,…

Sarn Helen – the mysterious way through Wales (part 2)

This article continues from Part 1 and explores some other Helen/Elen associations that could help to shed light on the meaning and origins of Sarn Helen (that is, if they don’t confuse matters even further!). Sarn Helen above the Vale of Neath (Image © Alan Richards) The road of light? The Greek word Helene means…

King Arthur

Some perspectives on King Arthur, the legendary ‘war leader’ of the British Isles… “King Arthur is a legendary British leader who, according to medieval histories and romances, led the defence of Britain against Saxon invaders in the late 5th and early 6th centuries AD. The details of Arthur’s story are mainly composed of folklore and…