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Eglwys Gwyddelod

Ring Cairn


I didnt have an OS map for the place so I extrapolated from the Coflein map and marked an x marks the spot on my road map, then I google street viewed as close as I could. It was enough to get me there easily, infact it made me smile to see places for myself that I'd just seen on the computer 12 hours before. Applause due to Coflein, google and the internet in general.
I parked fifty yards from a house called Pant yr onn and walked with Maggie the Jack Russell up the stoney path. Whilst listening to a cuckoo and watching newly arrived swallows the view to the east began to open out, mountain peaks began to appear over the hilltops and suddenly we were there.
This is one of the strangest placed stone circles Ive ever seen, it looks almost deliberatley hidden amongst the rocks, if it was meant to be seen there are better places, though to be seen from where?
Just over the ridge on the next wide shelf is a cairn, not even a foot high but still discernible coflein gives it the same name as the stone circle.
Nine stones remain in the ring, one stone is just two feet away from a ten foot drop, and as Coflein is at pains to tell us (so much so that there are two entries for this place one a stone circle and the other a cairn circle) the northern stone is not broken there are two stones, the flat top one is a circle stone the other one a wandering boulder.
On the way back down we saw a Jay and a Heron carrying nesting material, and on the way from Mynnydd Pentre two cormorants at Tal y llyn.
postman Posted by postman
25th April 2010ce
Edited 25th April 2010ce

Comments (3)

Good site this, Postie. Came this way a few years back heading for Trum Gelli... but ended up not going any further than Bryn Dinas. Any plans for Trum Gelli and its cairns? GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
25th April 2010ce
Not plans as such, maybe a plan to make a plan, how about you ?
Fancy a team up?
Next trip is maybe to Bryn y Castell a partially reconstructed hillfort east of Ffestiniog, in an astonishingly beautiful area.
postman Posted by postman
26th April 2010ce
That's the one near Llyn Morwynion, isn't it? Sounds good. Was actually looking to visit last year, as it happens, but the mist was too low over The Migneint on the day so headed towards Cadair instead. Mind you, it often is.

Sadly it's about a 5/6 hour drive to North Wales for me... next scheduled (as much as anything is in Gladman world) late Autumn. Perhaps....
26th April 2010ce
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