I was persuaded by Kammer to seek my first standing stone, and this is what I found. 24th November 2002 at about 2pm I set off, up to the small village(?) of Cwmsymlog. I'd passed (unknowingly) the standing stones many times before while out mountain biking.
These two stones, Cerrig yr Wyn, which probably means Stones of the Lambs, or possibly a bad translation to Welsh from White Stones.
I wonder if anybody will ever clarify that.
My favourite of these two stones is the western stone, because it has so many distinguishing features.
Visited 17th October 2002: Two days after my son Alfie was born I headed off with William to misuse my paternity leave and find these two stones. I had kept them 'up my sleeve' for use in emergency (break glass if long distance travel is not possible).
Without the aid of the trusty OS map (I had left it in the office on the day before Alfie's birth) I eventually found my way to Pen-bont Rhydybeddau by a circuitous route. I then followed my nose to where I thought the stones should be and surprised myself by spotting them as we drove past.
A public footpath runs directly between the two stones, and where it meets the road there is just enough space to park. It was bloody cold, and the beautiful view down the valley and out to sea was marred slightly by what was obviously an enormous rain storm heading our way.
Both stones are striking, and typical of standing stones in the area they aren't very tall. The western stone has an interesting horizontal groove on one side, which looks like it might be natural. I was impressed by the whole place, the setting and the stones. It felt very grey and old.
After half an hour of exploration we made it back to the car just as the rain came. It was a memorable visit, and we both had a lot of fun. I'd recommend a visit if you're in the area.