As King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, filmed in and around Britain, hits cinemas. We explore the locations that have long been associated with the legend of the fabled leader and feature in the new film.
King Arthur, Camelot, the lady Guinevere, the knights of the round table and, of course, Sir Lancelot: the myths and legends of this fabled leader and his kingdom have swirled through time, with different retellings and different locations long associated with the story. From Tintagel, on the windswept coast of North Cornwall, to the soaring peaks of Snowdonia in Wales, the enduring legend of King Arthur touches many places. Here are a few of the spots featured in the new film that are linked to the legend:
Beautiful Snowdonia National Park provided the backdrop for a lot of the film. It is here that legend tells us King Arthur threw his sword Excalibur into one of the lakes, with Llyn Llydaw, Llyn Dinas and Llyn Ogwen, among others, claiming to contain the magical sword. It is also here on Mount Snowdon that Arthur is said to have slain the giant Rhitta Gawr, his body buried beneath large stones
Isle of Skye
The largest island of the Inner Hebrides, the Isle of Skye offers a gloriously wild location of cloud and mist ideal for the film. The Quiraing, a landslip on the Trotternish ridge with a steep walking track.
Scotland also has a long association with the story of King Arthur – Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh is the place where Arthur and his knights once stood and is a place of pilgrimage for those who visit the city.
A private hunting ground for the British monarchy in medieval times, the 4,800 acres of parkland at Windsor Great Park features ancient oak trees, woodland and wild deer making it the a great location for this film. The park is itself shrouded in myth with the mysterious horned ghost of Herne the Hunter said to stalk the forest on his black stallion.
Forest of Dean
The Forest of Dean is rich in history and it is here that King Arthur’s Cave is located. The prehistoric limestone cave lies in the shadow of the Great Doward and was the location for many sequences in the film (see below).
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