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Mynydd-y-Castell (Hillfort) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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10th January 2018ce

Swallowhead Springs (Sacred Well) — Images

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10th January 2018ce

Mynydd-y-Castell (Hillfort) — Images

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10th January 2018ce

Mynydd-y-Castell (Hillfort) — Miscellaneous

The low, coastal hills stretching between Maesteg and Port Talbot are crowned by a number of ancient earthworks/enclosures of which this, to my mind, is certainly the finest... a powerful, univallate hill fort overlooking what is now Margam Country Park.

J.Wiles (11.12.02) reckons it is: "A roughly bean-shaped enclosure, c.270m N-S by 140m, on the summit of an isolated hill, is defined by a bank and ditch, generally reduced to scarps, counterscarped in places."

The site slopes away from steep, rocky natural defences protecting the southern aspect to the Nant Cwm Phillip covering the north and, despite the presence of a disused reservoir upon the summit, a visit here is a (natural) joy to behold thanks to copious woodland upon all but the eastern flank; there's also a 'Minning Low-esque' copse on top for good measure. The defences are pretty substantial, too.

Now although an approach from the country park seems obvious, may I suggest an alternative? A little east of the main entrance on the A48 a minor road signposted 'Discovery Centre' (or something like that) heads north. Follow this to its terminus near Graig Goch where a few cars can be left. Here a path heads westward through the Deer Park - or, if you prefer, ascend to the Ogwr Ridgeway Path above - and will lead you straight to the eastern flank of the fort. Well worth the effort.
GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
10th January 2018ce

Carreg Hir (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Links

Carreg Hir Standing Stone


"This standing stone, known as Carreg Hir, is now in the yard of Cwrt Sart Comprehensive School, Briton Ferry, Neath Port Talbot, having been re-erected on a concrete base. When originally put up it would have been on a low hillslope overlooking the River Neath."

This school has now been rebuilt and named Ysgol Carreg Hir after the standing stone.
tjj Posted by tjj
10th January 2018ce

Carreg Hir (Standing Stone / Menhir) — News

New school named after standing stone


https://www.npt.gov.uk/1410?pr_id=5838

The £7m new primary school being built in Briton Ferry has been named after an iconic standing stone on the school grounds, which is believed to be dated back to the Bronze Age.
Known as Carreg Hir (Long Stone) the mighty 9 foot 2-inch tall monolith was located in the grounds of the former Cwrt Sart Comprehensive where the new 420-pupil primary school is currently under construction.
The new school, which will also cater for 75 part-time nursery children, has now been named Ysgol Carreg Hir in recognition of the ancient stone monument – by local children.
Pupils from the three existing primary schools in the Briton Ferry area, (Brynhyfryd, Llansawel and Ynysmaerdy) were all invited to submit their ideas for a school name and logo.

A total of 98 entries were submitted, with 42 different name suggestions.
The three most popular names went to a closed ballot by the pupils in the school councils of the three schools.
As a result, Ysgol Carreg Hir had the most votes and the school logo will be “Together if we believe we can achieve”.
The new school name and logo have been officially approved by Neath Port Talbot councillors.
Lesley Hynes, Head teacher of Ysgol Carreg Hir said: “All the pupils within the three primary schools had the opportunity to be involved in this process and the school council used their voting rights to express their preference. We are all very pleased with the final name and are eagerly waiting for the next phase of development of our new school”.
The Carreg Hir Standing Stone will have pride of place next to the new school which will open its doors in autumn 2018.
Standing Stones (also known as menhirs) are thought to have had ceremonial or religious uses and it is believed their sheer size may have meant they were used as rallying points for speeches or important events.

Carreg Hir is wreathed in mystery and legend.
A published 1848 reference says: "There is a charm, not yet discovered, which can compel the stone to speak to reveal the secret of its history but that having once spoken it will be silent forever."
And another legend claims there is an underground passage leading between the stone and Neath Abbey some 1.3 miles (2.1 km) to the North.
When opened, Briton Ferry’s Ysgol Carreg Hir, being built by Kier, will include multi-use games areas and hard and soft play areas for different age groups.
tjj Posted by tjj
10th January 2018ce

Kincraig (Chambered Cairn) — Images

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10th January 2018ce

Creag A' Chait (Cairn(s)) — Images

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10th January 2018ce

Nant Mawr, Fforest Fawr (Round Cairn) — Miscellaneous

Not shown on either the current 1:25k or 1:50k OS maps, I had RCAHMW to thank for highlighting these two wondrously sited cairns. Located upon either bank of the deep gash in the hillside carved by the Nant Mawr as it joins the Nant y Gaseg, Nant y Gwair and numerous other seasonal watercourses in assisting the nascent Afon Dringarth feed the Ystradfellte Reservoir, there are, in my opinion, few less congested spots in the entire National Park.

The downside to this isolation is reaching the cairns in the first place. As it was I approached from the west, ascending the northern aspect of Fan Dringarth to descend steeply toward the prominent sheep folds a little south (downstream) of the Nant Mawr's confluence with The Afon Dringarth... needless to say this meant ascending the mountain once again upon the return. But there you are. And besides, there is a superb aerial view from Fan Dringarth as compensation. Punters wishing to avoid mountain climbing might wish to consider an approach from the reservoir itself.

Anyway, according to David Leighton (RCAHMW, 17/07/2008):

1) Northern cairn - "...The stony mound... measures 12m in diameter and rises to 1.5m high. An edge set slab on its east side suggests a possible kerb otherwise obscured..."

2) Southern cairn - "...The slightly oval stony mound measures 8m (E-W) by 7.5m and 0.75m high... The interior has been robbed out leaving a hollow of irregular shape about 3m across."
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9th January 2018ce

Silbury Hill (Artificial Mound) — Images

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9th January 2018ce

Avenue stone with axe grinding marks (Carving) — Images

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9th January 2018ce

West Kennett Avenue (Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue) — Images

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8th January 2018ce

Avebury (Stone Circle) — Images

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8th January 2018ce

Fan Llia (Round Cairn) — Images

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8th January 2018ce

Nant Mawr, Fforest Fawr (Round Cairn) — Images

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8th January 2018ce

Fan Gyhirych (Round Cairn) — Images

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8th January 2018ce

Maen Llia (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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8th January 2018ce

Nottinghamshire — News

NT intervene re pre-fracking tests in Clumber Park


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/01/07/national-trust-sends-heartfelt-letter-fracking-company-asking/

"The National Trust has written a heartfelt letter to a fracking company, urging it to abandon plans to survey one of its estates for shale gas reserves.

Ineos Shale currently holds a licence to carry out pre-fracking tests in Nottinghamshire and is trying to force the Trust to grant it access to the Clumber Park.
Although the Government’s Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) says the company must gain permission from landowners, Ineos claims that National Trust opposition is ‘overly and overtly political’ and has appealed to the OGA to intervene.

In response, Clumber Park general manager Beth Dawson has written to Lynne Campbell, the Planning and Environment Manager at Ineos, making a personal appeal to her to stop the application, and inviting her to visit the 3,800 acre estate so she can see the ‘nature-rich oasis’ for herself.... "
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8th January 2018ce

Ballinagee (Cairn(s)) — Images

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8th January 2018ce

Blessington Demesne 1 (Round Barrow(s)) — Images

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8th January 2018ce

Carn Blorenge (Round Cairn) — Images

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7th January 2018ce
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