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Hafodygors Wen

Ring Cairn


After a fair soaking at Gwern Gof Isaf hut circle near tryfan, I was not quite reluctant to get back out of the warm car, but the idea of waiting for a dryer day had occurred to me that's for sure. But that's not the postal way, I opted for walking boots (that are still waterproof) instead of wellies, picked up the shears and strode of into the misty wilderness.
I parked by the cattle grid this time and followed the wall down to the river which had more water in it than the first time I came, I was almost certainly going to slip off a rock and get wet., well, wetter than normal, but I made it across, grumbling but no wetter than when I started. From the other side of the river it's just a case of finding the big rock and the four poster is about 50yards away. River crossing aside no problem.

You may have noted that I was carrying shears with me, my first visit had been somewhat frustrated by two inappropriately placed gorse bushes, they are right on the cairn itself and half obscure two of the four stones.
The smaller of the two bushes had all but died and the entire plant was removed easily in less than half an hour. I hasten to add that absolutely no damage occurred to the structure of the cairn or to the stone. The ground isn't too pretty where the bush was , but I'm sure that a good summer will green right over the brown patch.
It's not like anyone but me ever goes there, If you feel like complaining feel free, (I may have a go at the other gorse bush if no-one does) but I feel the site is better off for having me as a friend, and now the only four poster in North Wales has 50 % less gorse coverage and will soon look the better for it.
postman Posted by postman
9th January 2012ce

Comments (3)

Complaining? The knighthood should be in the post. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
9th January 2012ce
Thanks Alken, you never know, some people might think it interfering or something, messing with archaeological sites is viewed fairly dimly.
I was real careful not to even disturb a single boulder of cairn material.
postman Posted by postman
9th January 2012ce
No other bugger's going to bother with it, the gorse roots will be doing more damage than your shears. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
10th January 2012ce
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