Yr Eifl (The Rivals), North Wales

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No great height but deserves must-see status. Dec 01, 2010
Wales is a mountainous country and hence there can be little excitement for a mountain well below 2000 feet, especially when it is close to the much higher mountains of Snowdonia.

However, look again! This is the best place west of Snowdonia from which to view the big ones and it is easily the highest point of Lleyn (Llyn in Welsh) so giving magnificent views west, north and south.

That's not all. There are three peaks to the mountain and between them they have an Iron Age hil fort, ancient cairns, a microwave radio relay station and quarry workings. Perhaps most surprising is the fact that much of the material for the curling event for the 2000 Winter Olympics came from here. (It is Scotland which is quite rightly associated with curling rather than Wales.)

The name is interesting. Every ex-scout has sung

'Three, three the Rivals' as part of the song, 'Green Grow the Rushes Oh.' For many years I assumed Yr Eifl was Welsh for The Rivals on account of the three peaks of the mountain. As the website says, Rivals is certain an anglisised form of 'r Eifl' but Yr Eifl actually means 'The Forks!'
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