I parked in the hamlet of Pant-Y-Caws and walked the 10 minutes it takes to get to the field in which the stone stands. As with every other site in this area, the field hedgerows are very tall and you need to go to the field gate in order to get a reasonable view of the stone. The stone is at the far end of the field and the two holes in the stone are evident. The stone itself is wide but fairly thin.
Be warned – the further up the farm track you walk the muddier it gets!
Visited 2nd March 2003: We walked to Maen Hir, approaching from the west, and asked at Maenhir Farm for permission to see the stone. The farmer was very friendly and said we could take a look at Coynant Maenhir which is also on his land.
He also told us that some 60 years ago the previous farmer had moved the stone and used it as a gatepost elsewhere. He said that 'they' made this errant farmer put the stone back in its original location. There may be some truth in this story, as there are holes in the stone, and the packing stones at its base look very un-Bronze Age.
The name Maen Hir means simply Long Stone in Welsh. This term is sometimes used as a generic name for Welsh standing stones.
A word of warning if you visit Maen Hir at a similar time of year to us, the field that it stands in can get very muddy (see photos).