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<b>Abercriban</b>Posted by thesweetcheatImage © A. Brookes (4.9.2010)
Nearest Town:Merthyr Tydfil (5km S)
OS Ref (GB):   SO066121 / Sheet: 160
Latitude:51° 47' 57.23" N
Longitude:   3° 21' 16.64" W

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A confused set of fences and gates at the edge of access land appears to bear no relationship to what the map is showing me and I emerge into an area of limestone outcrops and broken pavement, in which somewhere - so the map tells me - are two cairns, the first stop of the day. Rather overshadowing everything is the panoramic view to the northeast, sweeping across the reservoir to the central Beacons peaks.

I wander around amongst the limestone for a while, not really looking in the right place and finding nothing cairn-ish. Eventually I come across the northern cairn, a turfed-over mound with limestone blocks protruding here and there. The centre of the cairn has been scooped inevitably, but not recently if the covering turf is any indication. Treasure seekers rather than walkers have disturbed this one, it seems. The view of Pen y Fan is obscured by a small stand of trees, but would otherwise be the perfect backdrop. I fail to find the other cairn and eventually decide that bigger and better sites await.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
26th January 2012ce
Edited 26th January 2012ce


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Pair of cairns on slopes overlooking Pontsticill Reservoir. Coflein descriptions:

Northern cairn

A large circular cairn 14.6m in diameter and about 0.6m high with a slightly dished centre, probably robbed to build a nearby field wall to the W.

Southern cairn

Located in open moorland, a circular cairn 5.8m in diameter and 0.45m high showing traces of a kerb, overgrown with grasses and heather.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
25th September 2010ce