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Cwm Henwen

Standing Stone / Menhir


Visited 13.1.13

From Trecastle (A40) follow the signs for the Usk Reservoir (5 miles).
When you arrive at the reservoir there is a car park and picnic area.
Walk across the dam to the far side of the reservoir and follow the road to the left.
As you walk past the trees you will see a forestry track with a locked metal barrier.
Walk up the track and after a short distance you will see a ‘path’ on your right heading through the trees. Follow this ‘path’ and you will shortly come to a metal gate.
Go through the gate and the standing stone is immediately in front of you – can’t miss it!

(There is a road which runs around the reservoir from the car park to the start of the forestry track if you would prefer not to walk. However, it is a very pleasant walk along the top of the dam and well worth the minimal effort required)

The stone is a rich red colour (same as Mean LLia) and is largely covered in moss.
COFLEIN reckon the stone is 1.4m high but I would say it is less than 1m.
It is so close to the nearby Cairn that you would think the two are connected somehow?
Is this the stump of a once taller stone?
If it wasn’t for the trees there would be good views over the reservoir.

Worth the effort to see when visiting this fairly remote but pretty part of the Brecon Beacons.
Posted by CARL
14th January 2013ce

Comments (2)

It's on the list, well done for getting out to see it. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
15th January 2013ce
My pleasure! Posted by CARL
16th January 2013ce
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