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Gelligaer Common Ring Cairn 1

Nearest Town:Rhymney (5km N)
OS Ref (GB):   SO106032 / Sheet: 171
Latitude:51° 43' 11.56" N
Longitude:   3° 17' 39.61" W

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'Visited' 12.12.10
My 500th Field note!
Well, last time I tried to find this cairn I gave up due to the fog. This time I gave up due to the snow! Despite knowing I was in the right place I couldn't see any sign of the cairn. I assume the lying snow kept it well hidden? It was a bitterly cold day with a biting wind – not much fun when 'cairn hunting'. I have visited Gelligaer Common 3 times, and every time the weather has been awful. I get the distinct impression that it is often like this in this part of the world. Hopefully you will have better luck?
Posted by CARL
22nd December 2010ce

'Visited' 20.11.10
As a member of CADW I receive magazines 3 times per year which are pretty good and always have something of interest to read. In the summer edition this year there was a four page guide for a 2 hour walking tour of Gelligaer Common. I pulled the guide out and kept it for a future day out. Well, that day was today.
Getting up early I set out and arrived at the recommended car park (SO105031) by 9.00am. Then I noticed the problem. Thick fog had blanketed the entire common – a real 'pea souper'. I couldn't see more than 20 yards in front of me. Unperturbed I set out, guide and compass in hand to search for the first stop, a ring cairn. Described as being 'splendid' dating to around 2000 -1450 BC and being 'a turfed-over bank about 15 metres across'. Despite spending nearly half an hour looking for the ring cairn I couldn't find a thing – no doubt I was close to it but couldn't see it in the swirling mist and fog. In the end I gave up and returned home, feeling as miserable as the weather.
Next time I visit I will make sure it's a clear day to avoid future frustrations!
Posted by CARL
26th November 2010ce