My last CADW site of the day – and what a productive day it has been!
There are so many prehistoric sites to visit in this corner of Anglesey it is like ‘old stone’ heaven!
We parked on the verge and Karen stayed in the car while myself and Sophie wandered over to have a look at the Dolmen.
Judging by the way the ground has been churned up around the fencing it is a good job it is there. Clearly the cows would have used the Dolmen for rubbing up against otherwise!
I hopped over the fence for a close up view.
Sophie giggled and ran inside the Dolmen.
There are 5 standing stones although only 3 of them are actually holding the capstone up.
There was lots of ‘hairy’ lichen covering the stones.
This is a cracking Dolmen – possibly the best on Anglesey.
There are great views over to Snowdonia.
All in all a ‘must see’ site.
Small lane, very quiet, very small painted green metal railing around it, a tad to close to it though. It does have a great shape to it, almost childlike, toadstool like. In a beautiful area with views across
to the Carneddau.
Not unlike St. Lythans, Bodowyr stands in the middle of a field, but unlike St. Lythans, it is caged up behind a green metal fence. This prevents it being used as a shippon by cattle, or having chunks hacked out of it by farm machinery. This is a Good Thing, as it is a charming, faerie-magical dolmen, with a capstone that looks like a toadstool cap. Again, like Bryn Celli Ddu, Bodowyr enjoys a great view across to Snowdonia. Cute and charming. Bizarrely, I managed to take a photo which makes it look like an African mud hut.
I'm a sucker for a neat little dolmen, so I was always going to love Bodowyr, for it is as pretty as something as sweet and fluffy in Faeryland. It's caged in behind a nasty fence you can easily climb over. I suspect the railings are to protect the dolmen from the resident herd of cattle in the field. The herd including large mean-looking bull were completely disinterested in us. For those who are a cattle-shy, you could always leg it the 50 metres across the field and retreat behind the fence surrounding the dolmen if they approached.
Today we also had the protection of a 12-year-old son equipped with very loud cap gun.
If you are visiting here during Summer 2006, beware of the bull! I was here yesterday; as I began to exit the field, a group of cows began running at me. Standing my ground and shrieking at the cows stopped them (as usual)... however up lumbered a well hung bull with horns, glistening nose, ring through it, snorting and grunting; by the time I reached the kissing gate, the cows, with bull at front completely obstructed the entrance. Beware!
Had intended to go the next day but found it by mistake whilst lost (as lost as you can be on an island). So popped in for a bit with this little cromlech in its field like a daintier and much more laid-back Devils Den but clearly naughtier as the bars show. But, putting the cage from my mind it is peaceful and well worth close inspection. Both the dolmen and it's surroundings very picturesque and photogenic from any angle. Mmmmmm...
Visited September 2001: We were originally heading for Bryn Celli Ddu, but when we got there it still had Foot and Mouth signs up on the roadside warning not to go near it. We decided to see whether Bodowyr was accessible. William fell asleep in the car as we wound our way along the lanes between the two sites.
It wasn't all that tricky to find Bodowyr, given that we only had a crappy road atlas with us. When we arrived we parked up right by the footpath, and decided to leave him in the car to snooze. The walk to the site is short, and relatively flat (no surprise there really, it is Anglesey). Bodowyr does look strange in it's iron cage, but it was sunny, and we enjoyed just chilling out by the stones. I remember that it was good having some child free time to talk to each other (no offence meant Will).
Bodowyr sits imprisoned within a silly little fence. With nobody around, the fence being low and without a gate, the best bet is to hop over for a closer inspection. The views from here to the mainland and the Snowdonian mountains is quite breathtaking.
As Julian points out, this is a difficult one to find even with an OS map, but if you are in the area it's well worth searching out. A nice little dolmen that looks like somebody just left in in a field and forgot about it, the only thing that spoils the 'out in the middle of nowhere' ambience is a nearby boarding kennel. Just down the road is Caer Leb a Romano-Celtic (?) setlement.
[Cromlechs in North Wales] bear a great variety of names in popular speech ... that at Bodowyr (like the Bryn Celli Ddu chamber) is "The Cave" ... thus did the popular fancy play around these ponderous structures, of the real meaning and purpose of which it had long lost all knowledge.
From 'Memorials of Old North Wales' by E Alfred Jones (1913).
Looking at the photographs, things have changed since I was last there - the strip of grass leading to the stones seems to be new.
It was at this site that I bumped into a family clutching their copy of The Modern Antiquarian. They were on holiday and were visiting all the sites in the area. The bright cover of the book brought them to my attention almost immediately! I had a chat with them for a few minutes - it turned out that we had all gone to the same book signing in Manchester.
This page contains a photo of Bodowyr with the iron fence digitally removed, giving the site a very different appearance. It also has a description of Bodowyr and links to more photos and two panoramas (Real VR which you'll need a plug-in or Java).