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Visited 23.8.12

Take the A465 west out of Merthyr Tydfil and when you come to the junction with the B4276 there is a hotel on your right. There is room to park next to the hotel – park here. The Cairns are North West of the hotel.

This site has been on ‘hit list’ for a while and at last I was here.
That’s pretty much as far as the good news went!

The O/S map shows a public footpath running from the side of the hotel straight past the cairns – what could be easier? Problem is the footpath doesn’t exist in reality!

The area is completely overgrown with head height grasses, nettles and brambles.
Not only that but the ground is completely waterlogged – a bit like a bog.
I battled my way through all this for about 50 metres in the hope that things would improve but alas id didn’t. In addition it looked like a fence was blocking the way a bit further on. It really was pretty grim.

In the end I gave up and went back to the car.
Perhaps a winter visit would make progress a bit easier?
If you do decide to come in the winter – make sure you bring your wellies!

COFLEIN states:
‘A group of small cairns and possible vestigial enclosures located on a ridge just North of A465. Nine mounds were noted, none more than 3m across and 0.3m high’.
Posted by CARL
4th September 2012ce

Comments (4)

So a winter visit with a heavy freeze then? Good effort, not many fieldnotes include the phrase "It was really pretty grim".

The Coflein info makes them sound a bit clearance-ish?
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
4th September 2012ce
only 0.3 meters high and on the 'hit list' ,Kudos, it must be some list though, ive got one too obviously but there are no cairns 0.3 meters high on it. postman Posted by postman
4th September 2012ce
Lightweight. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
4th September 2012ce
I was looking at this site on the map while coming home on Saturday from a walk over the other side of the Taf valley. I didn't twig that it was this site, with your great fieldnotes. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
25th September 2012ce
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