Where do I start? This is a nightmare of a site to visit despite being fairly close to the B4281.
Firstly, the two public footpaths shown on the O/S map don't exist on the ground – despite a sign telling you they do.
Secondly, the ground varies from being boggy to almost swamp like – I kid you not!
Thirdly, the whole area is overgrown with large areas of head height bushes, brambles and nettles – very difficult to see get about or to see anything.
Ok, they are the negatives, so what about the positives?
Well to be honest I can't think of any. Luckily I had my wellies on and despite this I still got soaked in the long wet grass. On several occasions I got stuck in the mud and nearly fell over. I was also being constantly stung by the unforgiving nettles. There were also various lengths of barbed wire hiding amidst the bushes ready to trip the unwary visitor. To add to my woes is had started to rain!
I traipsed up and down, from field to field but could see no sign of the stone. I did come across several 'outcrops' of large stones (one of which looked the right shape for a standing stone) but I don't know if these were leftovers from some earlier field clearance or were naturally lying there?
Is the stone still here? I can't say. Although I could see no sign of it, it is entirely possible that it was been completely covered over by one of the many large bramble bushes. I hope it is hiding somewhere waiting to be 'rediscovered' in the future.
If you are planning a visit to find the stone one word of advice – bring your wellies!
Directions: There is room to park opposite 'Shed Centre Wales' on the B4281. Walk west down the road and just before the Cefn Cribwr sign you will see the green public footpath sign on your left. Don't be fooled – the footpath doesn't exist! Over the wooden stile and across the boggy but flat and narrow field. You then come to the next footpath sign which leads directly to 10 foot high bushes and brambles! Get through this as best you can and when out the other side the stone can be seen on your left.
Since my last visit I am pleased to say that most of the rubbish has been removed and the stone now stands in a grass field as opposed to a rubble wasteland. The stone is about 1.7 metres high and slightly leaning. The stone seems neglected and unloved – except for occasional TMA visitors of course!
Worth a visit when in the area but although fairly close to the road it is not the easiest to get to due to the unkempt manner of the footpath. Bring your wellies – the ground is very boggy. Of the 3 stones recorded at this site this was the only one I could find.
I visited this site a couple of years ago. Although there are two stones marked on the O/S map I could only find one. The O/S map shows two public footpaths through the field in which the stones stand although they are not there in reality! (At least not when I visited!).
After battling through brambles and bushes I arrived in the field next to the house which appeared to be used as some sort of 'waste ground'. There was dumped material all around!
From what I remember the stone I found was about 5ft high and looking a little sorry for itself amongst the rubbish.
Directions: Take the B4281 west out of Bridgend and park where you can near the Cefn Cross junction. Careful, this is a busy little road.
I plan another visit as soon as I can to try to locate the other nearby stones. I will report back!