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<b>Naid-y-March</b>Posted by postmanImage © Chris Bickerton
Nearest Town:Holywell (1km NE)
OS Ref (GB):   SJ16767528 / Sheet: 116
Latitude:53° 16' 3.4" N
Longitude:   3° 14' 53.61" W

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What a strange little oddity this is, far too close to the roaring A55, though out of site of it, the oddness trumps the roads proximity.
Not marked on my map, but Burl gives thier co-ordinates in Carnac to callanish, and coflein confirms their existence by tentatively confirming them as a Bronze age two stone row.
Untill recently they were mostly hidden in the bracken at the side of the road, but concerned locals who have moved them at least twice, and periodically whitewashed them, have now built a gateless fence round them and a nice info board tells the story of the horses leap (Naid-y-March).
But how odd to find two standing stones, both cut short, either side of an old lead mine (now filled in), it kind of has a Gwytherin four stones feel to it, just swap the road for the church.
Funny how this place has escaped my attention for so long, barely over an hour from my house and I never knew it was there, after driving past within a hundered yards on the A55. I liked this place very much, I climbed over the fence and sat with my back to the northwestern stone.
postman Posted by postman
12th April 2011ce


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On the mountain to the east of the common way to Calcoed, are two stones, about three feet high, and about twenty-two feet distant from each other. They are called Naid-y-March, or the horse's leap, from a vulgar notion of the derivation of the name. They are of the very antient British origin, and probably the place of interment of some hero whose body was deposited between stone and stone. The distance might be intended to give an idea of his mighty size; as Alexander is supposed, on his return out of India, to have buried various suits of armor, of gigantic dimensions, to impose on future times an exalted notion of the troops he had led to this distant country.
From The History of the Parishes of Whiteford and Holywell, written by Thomas Pennant (1796).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
20th March 2013ce
Edited 20th March 2013ce