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Nearest Town:Aberdare (5km S)
OS Ref (GB):   SO00250768 / Sheet: 160
Latitude:51° 45' 30.25" N
Longitude:   3° 26' 43.51" W

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Visited 23.8.12

Take the A465 west out of Merthyr Tydfil and when you come to the junction with the B4276 there is a hotel on your right. There is room to park next to the hotel – park here. The Cairns are North West of the hotel.

This site has been on ‘hit list’ for a while and at last I was here.
That’s pretty much as far as the good news went!

The O/S map shows a public footpath running from the side of the hotel straight past the cairns – what could be easier? Problem is the footpath doesn’t exist in reality!

The area is completely overgrown with head height grasses, nettles and brambles.
Not only that but the ground is completely waterlogged – a bit like a bog.
I battled my way through all this for about 50 metres in the hope that things would improve but alas id didn’t. In addition it looked like a fence was blocking the way a bit further on. It really was pretty grim.

In the end I gave up and went back to the car.
Perhaps a winter visit would make progress a bit easier?
If you do decide to come in the winter – make sure you bring your wellies!

COFLEIN states:
‘A group of small cairns and possible vestigial enclosures located on a ridge just North of A465. Nine mounds were noted, none more than 3m across and 0.3m high’.
Posted by CARL
4th September 2012ce