To get there take the path which starts near the post box at the junction of Love Lane and Upper Garth Road. Look out for the light blue gate and information board. Access points can also be found from Siliwen road and Meirion Lane.
After walking up the path and emerging from the trees, try to imaging the busy twelfth century fort which once occupied the hilltop. It's name, Roman Camp might be a bit misleading, for it's believed that the Normans not the Romans, settled to this site. Today though, the site is a peaceful wildlife heaven covering 7.5 hectares, and is woven with footpaths which you are invited to ramble along. Expansive views of the Isle of Angelsey, the Menai Strait and the Snowdonia mountain range makes the effort all worth while.
The Countryside Council for Wales has notified part of Roman Camp as a site of Special Scientific Interest to protect it's unique range of wildlife.
The ruins at Roman Camp lead us to believe that Hugh D'Avranches, Earl of Chester built The fort at the beginning of the twelfth century. It is consistent with the Norman motte and bailey castle design which was used in that era. The old fort was well positioned with expansive views of the surrounding countryside, so that enemy advances from miles away would be noticed.
Walking along the top path above Siliwen Road, two different woodland types can be seen. On the slopes the soil is thin and acidic, it favours sessile oak, where it has grown over a ground layer dominated by wood rush; hidden away is the rare local Whitebeam, found only along the Menai Strait. Above the path the soils deepen and the woodland character changes to bramble and bracken under a canopy dominated by sycamore, with occasional oak, ash and birch. Dense blackthorn thickets have developed on the margins with the open grassland. Because Roman Camp is a mixture of open scrub land and mature woodland it attracts many different species of plants, birds and animals.
Features inc : Information Board
Views to: North Wales coast to the Great Orme, Penrhyn Port, the Islands of Angelsey and 'Puffin' and the Snowdonia Mountain Range, Menai Bridge.
Managed by: Gwynedd County Council (Technical Services Dept - 01286 672255)
Near to: Bangor Pier | Ashley Jones Field (see above)