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Moel Wnion

Cairn(s)

<b>Moel Wnion</b>Posted by blossomImage © Bloss
Nearest Town:Bethesda (3km SSW)
OS Ref (GB):   SH64966971 / Sheet: 115
Latitude:53° 12' 24.88" N
Longitude:   4° 1' 19.92" W

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What a beautiful October afternoon. Standing in my back garden I could see Moel Wnion sitting there tempting me. So, determined to find this supposed Cup marked stone with in the cairn, off I trot. To make it a little easier for my self I drive to the Bryn Hafod quarry which is beautiful filled with water but treacherous.
I walk up past Bryn Hall, the old youth Hostel, then up the track. There is a clear right hand turn with the track in a deep ditch leading up around the side of the hill. It's quite a steady climb and I was grateful for the stunning views down the valley. When I reached the flat, the ground was quite boggy and the dogs were quite happy to find proper boggy puddles to lie in and roll around in, because they were so hot.
Following the track East (left) you soon begin to ascend as the track turns north. Follow this up hill until you are rewarded with fine views from the flat top of the hill.
The track turns right Eastish again and leads straight to the cairn which is much ruined, but would have been huge.
The only cup marked stone I could find with in the cairn also has 3 lines on it. GAT says the stone has only one cup mark. There are lots of stones up there that are pitted but thanks to Tiompan I now know these are natural. I am not sure about this one, but it was the only possibility.
It was such a beautiful day that there were butterflies fluttering around. The sun made taking some pics difficult because it was late afternoon and the sun was low in the west.
On the walk down the hill I decided to take some pics of a stone "structure" maybe a wall. The outside of a compound perhaps? It is clearly man made and in an area peppered with hut circles.
blossom Posted by blossom
16th October 2011ce
Edited 16th October 2011ce

We walked up from the two ill named cairns to the north, and as we ascended the clouds closed in and our compassless selves guessed the way up, as the cairn occupies the highest point on Moel Wnion you cant really go that wrong.
The views should have been tremendous but visibility was down to twenty yards or so, despite the clouds we found the cairn with ease.
This cairn's slow destruction was a product of walkers hiding from the elements (why would anyone do that) and belligerent ordnance surveyors who plonked there part time trig point right in the middle of it, who ruined first I don't know but ruined it is, at least there's fantastic views all round Anglesey and the mountains mmmmmm ? oh right there's just clouds.
postman Posted by postman
19th July 2010ce
Edited 6th October 2012ce

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Gwynedd archaeological trust website. Heneb


Snowdonia mountain cairns catalogue. It gives a detailed plan of each of the summit cairns.
blossom Posted by blossom
16th October 2011ce