Travel King Arthur’s Britain

As King Arthur: Leg­end Of The Sword hits cin­e­mas this week, we ex­plore some of the spec­tac­u­lar lo­ca­tions where the block­buster was filmed

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ISLE OF SKYE

If you love mag­i­cal land­scapes, head to S Skye – the largest of the In­ner He­bridess is­lands on Scot­land’s west coast. Think miles of se­ri­ously dra­matic coast­line a and other-worldly moun­tain ranges, in­clud­ing the jut­ting pin­na­cles s sur­round­ing the Quiraing, a 543m-high land­slip formed at the end of the ice age. In the film, this area rep­re­sents the Darklands, where Arthur goes to be­come a man. In re­al­ity, it’s a dream des­ti­na­tion for climbers, walk­ers and w wildlife lovers – visit isleofskye.com forr routes and hotspots. When you’re all tuck­ered out from ex­plor­ing, check out the pic­ture-per­fect vil­lage of Portree, the is­land’s cap­i­tal, or head to Sconser to try their world-fa­mous scal­lops (scon­ser­scal­lops.co.uk).

WYE VAL­LEY

This beau­ti­ful val­ley on the Welsh bor­der – an hour’s drive from Cardiff and three hours from Lon­don – con­tains more cas­tles per square mile than any­where else in Britain. One of the movie’s coun­cil scenes was shot at the real-life King Arthur’s Cave (below) – a gen­uine pre­his­toric cave, with an en­trance big enough for a man on horse­back to ride through!

WIND­SOR GREAT PARK

Thi This 2020-hectareh royal l park kd dates back bk to the 13th cen­tury and used to be the pri­vate hunt­ing ground of Wind­sor Cas­tle. It’s now mostly open to the pub­lic and is a per­fect spot to walk, run, horse ride and pic­nic, thanks to its sweep­ing, well-groomed lawns and leafy woods. The movie’s fight scenes were filmed in the park’s South For­est. Get there by train from Lon­don, from $19 re­turn (thetrain­line.com).

SNOW­DO­NIA

In Arthurian leg­end, this area is pretty sig­nif­i­cant – Arthur re­put­edly killed a gi­ant on Mount Snow­don, while nearby Llyn Lly­daw lake is ru­moured to be the fi­nal rest­ing place of Arthur’s fa­mous sword, Ex­cal­ibur.

Leg­end aside, with its breath­tak­ingly rugged land­scape, it’s hardly sur­pris­ing this 2000km-square area in North Wales was cho­sen as a key lo­ca­tion for film­ing. Craggy Try­fan moun­tain with its huge fin-shaped rocky peak played a star­ring role, and many of the cast and crew were spot­ted around the lake­side val­ley of Nant Gwynant and vil­lage of Capel Curig – hugely pop­u­lar cen­tres for out­door pur­suits such as climb­ing, walk­ing and moun­tain bik­ing.

It’s around four hours drive from Cardiff, and the per­fect base is Llyn Gwynant camp­site (gwynant.com/ camp­site) from $17 per per­son, per night.

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