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Gilwern Hill


<b>Gilwern Hill</b>Posted by thesweetcheatImage © A. Brookes (23.10.2010)
Nearest Town:Llandrindod Wells (5km W)
OS Ref (GB):   SO09855909 / Sheet: 147
Latitude:52° 13' 19.8" N
Longitude:   3° 19' 11.54" W

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One field on from the ring cairn, I leave the comfort of the broad byway and head uphill on a footpath that leads direct to the cairns on Gilwern Hill. At this point, the cloud and light drizzle turns inconveniently into a proper mid-Walian downpour. The top of the hill is cairn II itself, a large grassed-over mound the best part of 20m across and well over a metre high, with a little walkers’ addition on top that I didn’t expect to find in such a remote spot. Evidence of the mound’s stone construction is apparent from protruding stones, otherwise it could easily be taken for an earthen round barrow. A modern post-and-wire fence cuts across the southeastern side of the cairn. Aside from the lashing rain, this would be a fine spot with extensive views, particularly of the neighbouring Gelli Hill cairn.

Gilwern Hill cairn III is supposedly close by. I can’t see any sign of another cairn here. I head on down the hillside, southwest, hoping to find cairn I. This is shown on the map, but I fail to see any sign of it either, as it’s at this point that I begin to realise that the field patterns shown on the OS map have been altered and replaced by post-and-wire fence lines in other places, as well as a re-routed farm track. These re-arrangements will come back more strongly later in the walk, but here it conspires to confuse me and I fail to find cairn I. A pair of red kites hangs over cairn II on the hilltop behind me; this is obviously a little haven for these magnificent birds.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
13th September 2012ce
Edited 14th September 2012ce


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Coflein locations/descriptions of three cairns on Gilwern Hill:

Gilwern Hill I (SO09305870)

A cairn, 14m by 15.5m and 0.9m high, with a central depression.

Gilwern Hill II (SO09855909)

A cairn, 18m in diameter and 1.6m high, crowned by a recent cairn.

Gilwern Hill III (SO09845910)

A possible trenched cairn, 7.5m in diameter and 0.5m high, set immediately NW of a larger cairn.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
24th October 2010ce
Edited 13th September 2012ce