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Eryrys (alternative spelling Erryrys) is a village in Denbighshire, Wales, located at approximate grid reference SJ203578, five miles south of Mold. The village is built on the limestone formation of Bryn Alyn and many limestone outcrops can be seen close by. At 350m above sea level, Eryrys is one of a number of villages with a valid claim to be the highest in Wales; others include Bwlchgwyn, Wrexham (335m, but has a still-active church, which Eryrys does not), and Garn-yr-Erw, Torfaen (390m, but has no church or pub). There are several limestone quarries close to the village, some now closed but others still actively serving the local cement industry. Eryrys was formerly a lead-mining community, with the remains of several mines still visible nearby, although lead-mining in the area ceased in the late 19th century. The land around Eryrys is now primarily used for sheep-grazing, with also some dairy farming. Eryrys lies on the edge of the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and many walking routes go through or around the village.

 Pubs/Bars in Eryrys:
 The Sun Inn
       CH7 4BX
 01824 780402

Eryrys (Erw Yrys) - From 'A Topographical Dictionary of Wales' (1849)
ERYRYS (ERW YRYS), a hamlet, in the parish of Llanarmon, union of Ruthin, hundred of Yale, county of Denbigh, North Wales, 4½ miles (E.) from Ruthin; containing 681 inhabitants. This hamlet, which takes its name from Yr Hên Gyrys o Iâl, a collector of Welsh proverbs in the eleventh century, forms the northern portion of the parish, and is situated in a narrow valley watered by the river Alyn. It is bounded on the western side by the lofty Clwydian mountains, which separate it from the Vale of Clwyd, and on the eastern by a range of hills, nearly equal in height, separating it from Flintshire. The latter exhibit several projections of limestone rock, highly impregnated with lead-ore, mines of which have been worked for many years: in 1828, a very powerful steam-engine was erected, for pumping out the water. The road from Caergwrle to Ruthin passes through the hamlet, nearly parallel with the river Alyn, which is here crossed by a bridge, and then continues its course towards the latter town between two lofty mountains, called Moel-Venlli and Moel-y-Cyw, each upwards of 1715 feet above the level of the sea: this gap is called Bwlch Agricola, from an opinion that it was traversed by Agricola on his route to Mona. On an artificial mound near the foot of the former mountain stood the castle of Iâl, built by Owain Gwynedd, in 1148, of which the only remains consist of the rampart and fosse surrounding it.


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