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Radnorshire

<b>Radnorshire</b>Posted by KammerClap yr Arian © Simon Marshall
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Bache Hill and the Whimble Round Barrow(s)
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Banc Cynnydd, Elenydd Cairn(s)
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Banc Ystrad-Wen Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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The Beacon (Llandrindod) Cairn(s)
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Beddau Folau Chambered Cairn
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Beggar's Bush Round Barrow(s)
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Black Mixen Round Barrow(s)
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Blaen Henllan Cairn(s)
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Broomy Hill Standing Stone / Menhir
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Bryn y Maen Stone Row / Alignment
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Bryn y Maen fallen monolith Standing Stone / Menhir
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Burfa Camp Hillfort
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Carn Nant-y-Ffald Cist
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Carn Wen, Elenydd Round Cairn
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Carn Wen (Gwastedyn) Cairn(s)
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Carn Wen, Llanwrthwl Round Cairn
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Carregwiber Hillfort
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Carregwiber (stone 1) Standing Stone / Menhir
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Carreg Bica Round Cairn
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Castle Bank Hillfort
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Castle Ring Hillfort
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Cefn Ceidio Round Barrow(s)
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Cefn Llyn Standing Stone / Menhir
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Cefn Wylfre Stone Circle
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Church of St Michael Christianised Site
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Clap yr Arian Cairn(s)
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Clyro Court Farm Long Barrow
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Creggin Cairn(s)
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Crossfield Lane barrow Round Barrow(s)
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Crossfoot Farm Standing Stone / Menhir
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Crossway Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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Crugyn Gwyddel Cairn(s)
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Cwmade Round Barrow(s)
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Cwm Maerdy Standing Stone / Menhir
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Cwm Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Domen-ddu Cairn(s)
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Fedw Stone Circle
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Fedw Llwyd Round Barrow(s)
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Ffrwd Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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The Four Stones Stone Circle
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Gelli Hill Stone Circle
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Gelli Hill Cairn Cairn(s)
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Gelli Hill stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Giants Grave Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Gilfach Hill Enclosure
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Gilwern Hill Cairn(s)
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Glascwm Mill Cottages Round Barrow(s)
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Graig Camp Hillfort
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Groddwr Bank Round Barrow(s)
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Gwern Dyfnant Round Barrow(s)
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Harpton Court Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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Hindwell Cursus Cursus (Destroyed)
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Hindwell Enclosure Enclosure
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Hindwell round barrow group Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Hundred House Common Round Barrow(s)
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Kinnerton Court Stone I Standing Stone / Menhir
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Kinnerton Court Stone II Standing Stone / Menhir
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Knobley Standing Stone / Menhir
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Knobley Brook barrow Round Barrow(s)
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Lane Farm Round Barrow(s)
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Larch Grove Standing Stone / Menhir
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Little Hill cairn II Cairn(s)
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Little Hill cairn III Cairn(s)
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Little Hill VII Round Barrow(s)
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Llandegley Rocks Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Llanerch Stone Cup Marked Stone
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Llanfihangel Nant Melan Round Barrow(s)
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Llyn Dwr Standing Stone / Menhir
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Llyn Gwyn Enclosure
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Maengwyngweddw Standing Stone / Menhir
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Maesgwyn Mound Round Barrow(s)
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Marteg Valley Kerbed Cairn
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Milton Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Old Stone (Pant-y-Caregl) Standing Stone / Menhir
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Pawl Hir Ring Cairn
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Pegwn Bach Cairn(s)
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Pennant Pound Round Barrow(s)
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Pen Cae Newydd Round Barrow(s)
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Rhiw Afon, Elenydd Round Cairn
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Rhiw Porthnant Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Rhos-Goch Chapel Round Barrow(s)
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Six Stones Stone Circle
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Twyn-y-Big Cairn(s)
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Ty Lettice Round Barrow(s)
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The Van Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Walton Green Cursus Cursus (Destroyed)
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Wern-y-Gaufron Round Barrow(s)
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Windy Hall Round Barrow(s)
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Womaston Causewayed Enclosure
Sites of disputed antiquity:
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Hindwell Pool
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Hindwell Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Maen Serth Standing Stone / Menhir
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Moll Walbee's Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Old Radnor Church Christianised Site

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Maybe it's relevant, maybe it's not, but there are a number of distinctive conical hills near Old Radnor: Stanner Rocks, Worsell Wood, Hanter Hill. Apparently these contain some of the oldest rocks in Wales - Precambrian and 700 million years old. Old Radnor was called 'Pen-y-Graig': 'head of the rock'. The geology means Stanner Rocks supports some pretty strange and rare plants, and it was said: "by the common people it is called the Devil's Garden." You can't help wondering where the stones for the local monuments came from. Probably.

"The Cambrian Balnea: Or Guide to the Watering Places of Wales, Marine and Inland" by Thomas Jeffery Llewelyn Prichard (1825).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
12th September 2007ce

Extracted from "Betwixt & Between" by Mary Dodsworth and Iain Steele in "The Cauldron" no.115), themselves drawing on "The Folklore of Radnorshire" by Roy Palmer :-
Beguildy church, on raised site by River Teme, probably a B.A. settlement.
Bleddfa church on a B.A. mound.
Bryngwyn: The Six Stones near N boundary of village is a stone circle of ~12 stones.
Llanfihangel Cascob cut into a burial mound.
Llanfihangel Cefnllys a B.A. site. I.A. fort on Cefnllys Hill turned into mediaeval castle.
Discoed church south of a five millenium old yew - a circular site about an antient mound and a Neolithic tree.
Disserth church a circular site with a well nearby formerly dressed with mistletoe.
Kinnerton church within an earlier circular wall. By the road to Old Radnor there is a standing stone.
Llanbister church has tower behind altar, at the E end. Sulfur well overlooks church.
Llandegley church very late, healing well on Cymaron riverbank side nearby.
Llandeio Graban tower bedroom for last Welsh dragon.
Llandewi Ystradenni. Giant's burial at Tomen Beddugre nearby.
Llanelwedd church has thity tumuli within half-a-mile and a lost standing stone.
Llanfihangel Nant Melan ringed by ancient yews, with one holding solitary remnant of a stone circle.
Nantmel church has 6 two millenia old yews in precinct. 2 standing stones called the Devil's Clogs on nearby Tan-y-cefn farm.
Old Radnor church font cut from fifth stone of Four Stones group at edge of Kinnerton-Walton road. In 1994 a vast stone circle revealed from the air in the Radnor valley - probably defined by 1400 oaks, it covers 34 hectares but doesn't have a precise location !
Pilleth church has well behind that was resorted to by people with eye problems.
St. Harmon chuch first dedication in Wales, but he wasn't buried in Bedd Harmon near it. Two stone circles also near, though Cwm y Saeson only has two stones left out of 14 and that on Hendre Rhiw farm only one of 5. Dogs and people treated by sulfur spring on Temple Bar farm.
Whitton church lies in an earlier circular llan.
wideford Posted by wideford
5th March 2005ce

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Domen-ddu (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

The hills to the north of the Rhayader, lacking the tourist foci of the Elan Valley Reservoirs to the Mid Walian market town's west, may fairly be described nowadays as being 'somewhat off the beaten track'. Nevertheless, rising to as near-as-dammit 2,000ft (1,923ft at Pegwn Mawr) and crowned by numerous Bronze Age cairns, not to mention those enigmatic 'tumuli', this lack of popularity is a veritable blessing for those Citizens Cairn'd willing and able to satiate their curiosity by donning boots. Hey, no incoherent, clueless tourist sightseers to shatter that all important upland vibe with mindless jibber jabber... as Mr T might observe with characteristically unconcealed distain: "Hey crazy fools! This ain't no 'old pile of stones' but the dawn of civilisation! I pity the fool who thinks otherwise!"

However I must confess to knowing nothing of this pleasant state of affairs prior to blundering north upon the B4518, upon experiencing my (hitherto rock solid) resolve to set foot upon the large round barrow at Ty Lettice (SN99026866) blown asunder by ludicrously heavy rain on site. Yeah, 'ludicrous' even for Mid Wales, that is. That'll be bad, then. But here even clouds without silver linings can have beneficial consequences.

So, riding along in my automobile.... with no particular place to go, the day is fast disintegrating into a big, fat nothingness when I'm struck by the impressive escarpment profile to my right as I pass through Pant-y-dwr. Noticing the downpour seemingly having abated I pull over and check the map.... whereupon Crugyn-Llwyd appears to offer a potential solution to Chuck's perennial, not to mention best selling conundrum. But in these conditions? What new lunacy is this? The meteorological ceasefire is maintained as I tentatively navigate the minor roads eastward to park a little south of farm buildings at Garth (where the straight road beyond Bryn Hafod turns sharply to the right to eventually lose its tarmacadam in apparent homage to Owain Glyndwr, near Esgair Fedw). I opt to forgo following in the former Tywysog Cymru's boot steps - if, indeed, yer man ever came this way - instead heading steeply uphill through trees to the south-east... to be seduced, in short order, by a nice, green track to the right of a fence line... retrospectively determined to be heading roughly east instead of the planned north-east. Spying a substantial cairn crowning the high ground some considerable distance across the Rhyd y Clwydau Brook to the south I realise I've gone wrong. As is often the case with my lamentable map reading. However opportunity knocks. Why not visit Domen-ddu and loop around to Crugyn-Llwyd later. If I've got enough puff? It'd be rude not to try, to be fair.

The intervening ground is rough, the monument - in actual fact there are two - occupying the 1,814ft summit of a southern spur, bounded to the east by the forestry-clad flank of Cwm Llygod and to the west by the abrupt line of the escarpment edge. The cairn noted earlier (at SO01697826) is indeed impressive, Coflein citing dimensions of "...23m by 13.1m and 2.3m high..." [J.Wiles 02.08.02]. Furthermore, a little to the north at SO01687828 there is a "..circular, flat-topped mound.... 18.6m in diameter and 1.0m high". Two for the price of one, then.

So, the archaeology here upon Domen-ddu is worth writing home about.... should you happen to have relatives who give a monkey's about old piles of stones and earth set upon obscure Mid Walian hills lashed by the inclement elements of September, that is? OK, not very likely, is it? But technically feasible, I guess. However, as is often the case with these upland monuments, it's where they decided to erect them that truly matters, the real reason to put oneself out to come here. Hey, perhaps some metaphysical force told the Bronze Age architect "Build it and they will come. Albeit it not very many of them." Yeah, the topography is truly special, the sweeping vista westward quite exceptional in my opinion, the vibe equally so. Whether Pumlumon (Herself) is looming upon the far north-western horizon is a moot point since, with temporary cease fire rescinded, multiple weather fronts sweep along the Wye Valley to give me the proverbial periodical pasting. Potential visitors might be interested to learn that, somewhat bizarrely, there is currently a little wooden seat set overlooking the drop to the west. Carpentry? Is there no end to Kevin Costner's talents? Aside from trying to play Robin Hood.

As I sit and contemplate 'stuff' - as I confess I'm apt to do when in these uncompromising environments liable to banish common place notions of everyday existence from my head - Crugyn-Llwyd beckons ever more emphatically to the north. I duly assess the situation... hmm... a small deviation from my return route back to the car. Yeah, guess I don't really have a choice.
GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
4th March 2018ce
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Banc Ystrad-Wen (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Miscellaneous

There are four cairns collectively forming a cemetery upon Banc Ystrad-Wen, the finest of which (in my opinion) is the western-most at SN97956147. According to Coflein it represents the remains of a "Cairn, 13.1m in diameter and 0.75m high, at which a kerbing of boulders about the W and SW sides have been observed." J.Wiles 23.04.02. So, although not that upstanding in profile, this is nevertheless a significant stone pile mirroring similar monuments upon the north-eastern ridge of Y Gamriw across the cwm.

The next in stature, located at SN98236156, has been vandalised by an internal 'shelter' which (as with Carn-y-Geifr crowning Drum Ddu to the approx north-west) I reckon may be for sheep.. at least those of Ovis aries, as opposed to the human variety. Again, J Wiles reckons it is a "Mutilated cairn, 10.4m in diameter and 0.6m high, having had a shelter constructed in, and of it, to the NW of centre."

The remaining two monuments of the group are much smaller, located at SN98136150 "4.9m in diameter and 0.3m high" and SN98156153 "A partly scattered cairn, 4.3m in diameter and 0.45m high".

Although - needless to say - I didn't heed my own advice (approaching, via Carn Wen, having made a ludicrously tiring, vertical ascent of Trembyd from the north) I would suggest the best way to reach these cairns is via the Rhiw Llanwrthl, accessed at the terminus of the minor road heading south from the village following the Wye.
GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
20th January 2018ce

Carn Wen, Llanwrthwl (Round Cairn) — Miscellaneous

I approached this, another of Mid Wales' numerous 'White Cairns', heading south from Banc Ystrad-wen following a retrospectively ill advised direct northern ascent of Trembyd. Furthermore chancing my luck that the ominously low cloud base was going to give me a break and, well... break. It didn't, the hitherto pale white ambience of swirling mist not what I had in mind. But there you are, that's why compasses were invented.

Despite the deteriorating conditions I enjoyed my time here, the cairn a substantial monument, the vibe (arguably) enhanced by the claustrophobic reduction in visibility. As for the cairn itself, Coflein reckons:

"A cairn, 23.8m in diameter and 0.8m high, having three projecting stone platforms about its E perimeter. Two small recent cairns and a double shelter have taken their place upon the cairn." J.Wiles 23.04.02

Incidentally there are further cairns marked upon the map in the immediate environs; I made a foray toward those sited upon Garth.... but lost my nerve in the opaque vapour and retreated back to the Mother Cairn. These hills are not to be trifled with in bad weather.
GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
20th January 2018ce

Pegwn Bach (Cairn(s)) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Domen-ddu (Cairn(s)) — Images

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