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Settlement north of Cwm Dyli power station

Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork


I started the morning way up on high with the best view in Wales, it all went downhill from there really, literally. At 110m above sea level this might be the lowest point in the Snowdonia national park. Surrounded by the highest mountains on three sides and an open valley on t'other is where this collection of six hut circles can be found, surrounded as they are by such jaw dropping beauty it's hard to see why the national monument record gives them such a naff name, they were obviously getting so bored naming things that they just stopped bothering altogether, why bother mentioning the power station at all thats Snowdon up there for gods sake the highest mountain in Wales and you name the place after a power station ?

I struggle to apply an iron age date to the settlement, with so many hillforts in North Wales it seems with no defences the inhabitants were either on a death wish or they were so cut off from outside the mountains that they didnt know to defend themselves, perhaps they were a lost mountain tribe, hidden from the minds of men, but not the sands of time. The cairn on the hilltop to the east with such good views of the snowdon horeshoe, might, I feel be connected with the Cwm Dyli settlement, from way down on the valley floor you cant see the mountain tops to the west, but a short half hour scramble up the hillside and there is the "best view in Wales", if I lived here thats where I'd like to spend my for ever.
Out of the six hut circles ( three to the north, 30m south three more)one is much bigger than the others and was easily spotted from on high as I came down the mountain side, maybe the cheif of the hidden people lived here and later got interred way up the hillside. Besides the round houses there are two other structures that are unidentifiable to me but Phil Harding would probably know, it's shame he wasn't with me.
Its easy to get here, you can practically drive right up to the circles, in such splendid surroundings I wonder why hasn't any else been here, but then I already know why, I only learned they were here myself a few months ago, and Ive been round and about here virtually all my life, you just dont know theyre there.
postman Posted by postman
6th March 2010ce
Edited 6th March 2010ce

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