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Black Darren

Round Cairn

Black Darren (Round Cairn) by thesweetcheat Looking north. Part of the Cat's Back ridge is visible on the extreme left of the picture.
thesweetcheat Image Credit: A. Brookes (23.11.2011)
Posted by thesweetcheat
27th November 2011ce
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Comments (6)

I can appreciate this no end, wild and windy and Welsh all over. postman Posted by postman
27th November 2011ce
Yes, it's a nice, lonely, spot. Can't really imagine why the cairn isn't shown as such on the OS. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
27th November 2011ce
Nor me, it's a prominent looking cairn and as they're not exactly rare in the area I cant see why its not included on the map.
Perhaps they experienced a mystical white out and walked past it unknowingly.
postman Posted by postman
27th November 2011ce
Well, they could have visited in a non-mystical white out as well, hardly a rarity either up there! Thank goodness for Coflein though, at least they have their eyes open. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
27th November 2011ce
So that is it, then? The Mam was right. That sheep shelter's a bit of a bastard, though .... saw it in the near distance as we crossed from east to west edge back in April and then, er, sort of lost 3 or 4 hours hanging out around the Wiral cairn until lightning drove us off.

As you saw, the trouble with the Offa's Dyke path here is the ridge is so wide you have to stick to the sheep paths on either edge to get any views, or else lose the whole vibe... which is everything to me. Really can't see the point expending all the effort to climb the ridge and then walk down the centre. The cairns really don't seem so important with all that natural beauty.
27th November 2011ce
It's only because Coflein mentioned the "parasitic sheep shelter" that I first saw it - I was beginning to wonder if I'd already passed it, the distances along that ridge are deceptively far. I was doing a recon really, for when we get this far on Offa's Dyke (we've got as far as Knighton now) - this looked a mighty long section to do in a day, but now I've seen how it's been practically paved over the bogs I'm reassured. I also skipped the detour to Loxidge Tump cairn, cos I was worried about missing the bus. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
27th November 2011ce
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