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Radnorshire

<b>Radnorshire</b>Posted by thesweetcheatBache Hill and the Whimble © A. Brookes (21.8.2010)
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Bache Hill and the Whimble Round Barrow(s)
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Banc Cynnydd, Cwmdeuddwr Cairn(s)
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Banc Ystrad-Wen Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Beacon Hill 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, Cwmdeuddwr 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-y-Gaer 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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Esgair Beddau, Cwmdeuddwr 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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Lluest Aber Caethon, Cwmdeuddwr 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, Cwmdeuddwr 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
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Y Gaer, Llanddewi Ystradenni Hillfort
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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Esgair Beddau, Cwmdeuddwr (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Ah, Cwmdeuddwr. So, what's in a name? Now whilst Welsh speakers will no doubt already have a pretty good idea where I'm heading, those unfamiliar with the vernacular, but nonetheless harbouring a fascination with language, with words... may be interested to discover the prosaic epithet transposed to my mother tongue as 'Valley of the Two Waters'. Or something like that. It would be churlish to deny that there certainly is a lot of water in these parts; however my understanding is we're concerned with two rivers here: the Afon Ystwyth and Afon Elan. Not house hold names to the uninitiated, perhaps, particularly with that superstar of UK rivers - the mighty Wye - flowing a few miles to the east, en route from its enigmatic birth upon Pumlumon to subsequently caress the less rugged landscape of blighty. However it is fair to say both of the underlings have their moments: the nascent Ystwyth undertaking an initial alacritous, youthful cascade through Cwm Ystwyth to finally merge with the Irish Sea at Aberystwyth... clearly with nothing more to prove - an analogy for life itself maybe?; the Elan, flowing in the opposite direction, of course gives rise, in a quite literal sense, to the wondrous water world of the Elan Valley Reservoirs so beloved of travellers and tourists alike. Mind you, I'd wager even Costner couldn't find 'Dry Land' here in Mid Wales.

Yeah, water. For me, one of the signature features of the Cwmdeuddwr Hills is the supporting cast of a myriad crystal clear streams feeding the ever-demanding reservoirs. Arguably, few offer a more impressive spectacle than the Nant Cletwr where discharging into the Craig Goch Reservoir, here spanned by an old stone bridge carrying tourists upon their motor itineraries looping back toward Rhayader. Now, according to a scrawled annotation upon my somewhat distressed map, I stopped here on 15/4/95 and duly observed: 'Good valley and falls'. 23 years later... a stone track leading westward along the northern bank to the (now derelict) farmstead of Lluest Abercaethon beckons the curious traveller onward into the unknown. Should he feel so inclined. I do, as it happens. Well, as Einstein once famously said, "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious....". Now, whether or not one believes in the faster-than-light neutrino, I reckon Al had 'beauty' bang to rights.

Speaking of which the track, although traversing a working landscape devoted to sheep husbandry, as you might expect in Wales, is not without aesthetic appeal, this courtesy of the aforementioned river. The farm buildings stand in stark profile at the head of the cwm, roofless, gaping door and windows in drystone walls inviting - or rather compelling - the traveller to enter and view what was once a glowing, vibrant hearth in curiously hushed reverence. Beyond the stock control paraphernalia and fence lines: the open hillside. Here, at SN87156877, my map shows.... bugger all. However owners of the latest 1:25K version will note a 'mound' at said spot. I prefer the much more enigmatic 'Tumulus', but there you are. To be honest this is but splitting hairs, not that I've much to spare myself, you understand, since Coflein has no doubt that this represents the remains of a round barrow. A pretty substantial, impressive one, too. Furthermore, the monument has no corresponding issue with 'top cover', duly sporting a mop of that ubiquitous 'tussocky' Mid Walian grass so luxuriant that even Boris might well consider reaching for the shears. When not spouting shite about Brexit, that is. It's all that rain, see? Whatever, it surely doesn't take an Einstein to deduce that the sight of early morning light illuminating the round barrow is infinitely preferable to that upon Mr Johnson's napper? Theoretically speaking... not that I've experienced the latter. The barrow's positioning is excellent: surrounded - nay, encircled - by the bleak, clean lines of the grassy ridges of Cwmdeuddwr stretching away into the hinterland, the latter strangely inviting under blue skies. A natural amphitheatre.

So, that's the 'easy bit' over, then. Yeah, tell me about it. No more tracks to ease a Citizen Cairn'd's progress across this brutally uncompromising landscape. To the (very) approx north-west one of the aforementioned ridges, Esgair Beddau, is my next objective, the site of two obscure cairns. Again, these are absent from my map but highlighted upon the new in that wondrous 'antiquarian' typeface. Don't you just love it? Now this is the point where I reacquaint myself with the equally wondrous Nant Cletwr, the erosive action of the river across millennia ensuring I must descend steeply to, then step over its nascent flow prior to undertaking an equally abrupt upward scramble beyond. Suffice to say the cairns are not exactly upstanding. However, upon electing to follow the vague ghost of a sheep track to the west, I finally notice an orthostat peeping above the grass. This belongs to the western of the pair; there are more uprights, albeit of lesser size, it being - in my opinion - fair to state the sum of the whole representing a former kerb. There is also what appears to be the remains of a cist, although in no great repair. The companion cairn, a short distance to the approx east, lacks the surviving orthostats of its neighbouring monument, but compensates the traveller with a more obvious cist element... if still not conclusive. But there you are. It is the overwhelming sense of place which engulfs here, not the archaeology.

Needless to say both cairns share the same 'other worldly' vibe, their lack of stony profile ensuring the gaze is drawn upward to focus upon the billowing, white galleons of cloud... advancing across a disconcertingly blue canvas in stately procession. Yeah, it's more or less impossible to think of mundane topics in such an environment. Not with the 'big picture' quite literally before my very eyes. Such vibrant colour can not last, of course, as Winsor apparently noted to JMWT himself. So one must enjoy the moment. Time flies, as it always seems to do 'up here'; however, loathe not to explore further, I decide to continue my ascent to the west and, upon circling around the headwall, return to the car via Trumau across the cwm. Looks easy on the map - even an old one - and, for that matter, on the ground, too. However half way 'round I find myself cursing the lack of any kind of path whatsoever... whilst simultaneously revelling in the fact of their very absence. Now this may seem paradoxical, absurd even? Maybe. But then perhaps having the opportunity to experience a landscape so raw, so uncompromising, yet within scope of an average punter is the prime reason, the whole point of coming to Cwmdeuddwr. Truly, it is the Green Desert. Only with water. Lots of water.

I arrive back at the car, intent upon sleeping below the source of the Ystwyth, with satiated questions duly replaced by yet more to ponder. The mystery of why I love these bleak uplands still very much undiminished. I hope Einstein would've approved of the harmonious equilibrium of the universe remaining intact. If not Mick Jones.
GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
7th October 2018ce
Edited 9th October 2018ce

Lluest Aber Caethon, Cwmdeuddwr (Round Barrow(s)) — Miscellaneous

Set above and to the approx west of the now derelict farmstead of Lluest Abercaethon, this round barrow, not mentioned upon the 1:50K OS map, is depicted as a 'Mound' upon the latest 1:25K.

Coflein has no such reservations regarding classification. A round barrow it is... and I concur. Dimensions are:

"Average 15m in diameter x approx 2m high . Slight hollow in area of centre, in part made by OS datum post, still present (RSJ 2000)."

Note that the 'OS datum post' was conspicuous by its absence.
GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
6th October 2018ce

Esgair Beddau, Cwmdeuddwr (Cairn(s)) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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