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Gwynedd

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Sites/Groups in this region:

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Abersoch Mesolithic forest Mesolithic site
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Allt Lwyd Cairn(s)
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Anafon Valley cairns Cairn(s)
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Aran Fawddwy Round Cairn
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Arenig Fach Round Cairn
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Arthog Standing Stones Ring Cairn
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Bachwen Burial Chamber Chambered Tomb
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Bardsey Island Island
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Bedd y Brenin Round Cairn
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Betws Fawr Standing Stone / Menhir
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Bodfan Menhir Standing Stone / Menhir
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Bronheulog Chambered Cairn
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Bron-llety-Ifan Cup Marked Stone
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Bron y Foel Isaf Burial Chamber
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Bryniau'r Tyddyn Standing Stone / Menhir
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Bryn-y-Castell Hillfort
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Bryn Cader Faner Cairn(s)
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Bryn Castell Hillfort
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Bryn Seward settlement Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Bryn Seward Stones Stone Row / Alignment
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Bwlch ym Mhwll-le (Llefn) Cairn(s)
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Bwlch y Rhiwgyr Cairn(s)
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Cadair Gawrdaf Christianised Site
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Cader Ellyll Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Caerberllan Farm Standing Stone / Menhir
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Caer-Dyni Burial Chamber
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Caer Carreg-y-fran Hillfort
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Caer Eini Hillfort
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Cae'r Mynach Cairn(s)
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Caer Pencraig (Ty'n y Caeau) Hillfort
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Cairn below Pared y Cefn hir Cairn(s)
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Cairn N of Moel Wnion Cairn(s)
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Cairn SW of Carnedd Dafydd Cairn(s)
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Cairn, S of llyn Caerwych Cairn(s)
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3 sites
Cairn, upon a woodland saddle Round Cairn
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Camp Hill (Bangor) Hillfort
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Capel Maethlon Round Barrow(s)
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Capel Tan-y-Foel Standing Stone / Menhir
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Carneddau Hengwm Cairn(s)
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Carnedd-y-Filiast Cairn(s)
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Carnedd Dafydd Cairn(s)
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Carnedd Howell Cairn(s)
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Carnedd Llewelyn Cairn(s)
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Carnedd Moel y Ci Cairn(s)
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Carnedd y Saeson Cairn(s)
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Carn Fadryn Hillfort
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Carn March Arthur Natural Rock Feature
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Carreg y Big (Arthog) Standing Stone / Menhir
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Castell Odo Hillfort
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Castell y Gaer (Llangelynin) Hillfort
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Cefn Caer Euni Circles Ring Cairn
Cefn Coch (Dolbenmaen) Stone Circle (Destroyed)
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Cefn Ddwysarn Camp Hillfort
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Cefn Graenog Cairn I Cairn(s)
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Cefn Graenog Cairn II Cairn(s)
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Cefn Isaf Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Cerrig Arthur Stone Circle
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1 site
Cerrig y Cledd Standing Stone / Menhir
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Cist Cerrig Burial Chamber
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Coed-y-Bedo Standing Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Coed Aber round house Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Coed Creigiau-Cathod Standing Stone / Menhir
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Coed Croes Cairn(s)
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Coed y Brain Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
Coety Bach Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Cors y Gedol Burial Chamber
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Craig-y-Dinas Hillfort
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Craig-y-Llyn (Cadair Idris) Cairn(s)
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Craig-yr-Aderyn Hillfort
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Craig Cwmbychan Round Cairn
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Craig Cwm-Silyn Round Cairn
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Craig yr Aderyn cairn Cairn(s)
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Craig y Castell Hillfort
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Craig y Castell North Hillfort
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Craig y Dinas Hillfort
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Craig y Dinas Cairnfield Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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1 site
Cras Cairn(s)
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Creigiau Gwineu Hillfort
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Cwm Caseg, Carneddau Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Cwm Croesor Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Cwm Ffrydlas, Carneddau Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Cwm Gafr Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Cwm Main Cairn(s)
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Cwm Mawr Stone Circle (Destroyed)
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Cwm Mawr Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Cwm Moch Cairn(s)
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Cwm Ystradllwyn Standing Stones
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Dinas [Beddgelert] Hillfort
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Dinas Dinlle Cliff Fort
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Dinas Dinorwig Hillfort
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Dinas Emrys Hillfort
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Dinas Oleu Hillfort
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Dinas, Porth Iago Promontory Fort
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Dinas Ty-Du Hillfort
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Dinas (Y Felinheli) Promontory Fort
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Dolddeuli Standing Stone / Menhir
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Drosgl Cairns Cairn(s)
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Drosgl (Northern slopes) Cairn(s)
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Drws-y-Coed Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Dyffryn Ardudwy Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Dyffryn Mymbyr Stone Circle
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Eglwys Gwyddelod Ring Cairn
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Fach-Goch Standing Stone / Menhir
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Ffridd Bryn Dinas Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Ffridd Newydd Stone Circle
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Foel Caethle Hillfort
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Foel Cwm-Sian Llwyd Cairn(s)
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Foel Dduarth Enclosure
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Foel Dduarth (west) Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Foel Faner Hillfort
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Foel Llanfendigaid Hillfort
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Foel Offrwm, Lower Settlement Hillfort
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Foel y Geifr Cairn(s)
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Fortified hut settlement above Rachub Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Gamallt Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Garnedd Fach, Y Carneddau Round Cairn
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Garnedd Goch Round Cairn
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Garnedd Uchaf Cairn(s)
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Garnedd Wen Round Cairn
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Garn Bentyrch Hillfort
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Garn Boduan Hillfort
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Garn Saethon Hillfort
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Garth Standing Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Gelli Ffrydiau Hillfort
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Glynllifon Standing Stone / Menhir
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Goleuwern Round Cairn
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Graeanog Standing Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Gwastadgoed Standing Stones
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Gwastadgoed cairns Cairn(s)
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Gwern Einion Burial Chamber
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Gwern Einion stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Gyrn Ddu Cairn(s)
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Gyrn Ddu cairn Cairn(s)
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Hafodlas Cairn Circle Cairn circle
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Hafotty-Fach Cairns Cairn(s)
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Hafotty-Fach Stones Standing Stones
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Harlech Circle Kerbed Cairn
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Harlech Standing Stones Standing Stones
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Hengwm Ring Cairn Ring Cairn
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Iwerddon Cairn(s)
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Llanbedr Church Stone Carving
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Llanbedr Stones Standing Stones
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Llandegai Cursus Cursus (Destroyed)
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Llanfair Standing Stone / Menhir
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Llangwnnadl Menhir Standing Stone / Menhir
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Llawllech Cairn(s)
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Llecheiddior Stone Circle
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Llecheiddior Cairns Cairn(s)
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Llech-y-Doll Burial Chamber
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Llech Idris Standing Stone / Menhir
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Llwyndyrys Standing Stone / Menhir
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Llyn Conwy Cairn(s)
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Llyn Eiddew-Bach Stone Circle
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Llyn Eiddew-Bach Kerbed Cairn
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Llyn Eiddew-Bach Round Cairns Cairn(s)
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Llyn Gafr Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Llyn Llagi Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Llyn Stwlan, Moelwyns Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Llyn yr Adar Cist
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Maen du'r Arddu Natural Rock Feature
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Maen Llwyd (Bronaber) Standing Stone / Menhir
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Maen Llwyd (Plas Newydd) Standing Stone / Menhir
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Maen Melyn Standing Stone / Menhir
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Maen Twrog Standing Stone / Menhir
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Maes y Caerau Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Maes y Gaer Hillfort
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Meuryn Isaf Kerbed Cairn
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Moelfre, Y Rhinogydd Round Cairn
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Moel Eilio Cairn(s)
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Moel Faban Arrow Stone Carving
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2 sites
Moel Faban, Carneddau Cairn(s)
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Moel Goedog Hillfort
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Moel Goedog East Ring Cairn
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Moel Goedog West Ring Cairn
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Moel Gwynus Standing Stone / Menhir
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Moel Hebog Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Moel Offrwm Hillfort
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Moel Wnion Cairn(s)
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Moel yr Eglwys Cairn(s)
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Moel yr Ogof Round Cairn
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Moel y Garnedd, Gwastadros Cairn(s)
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Moel y Geifr Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Moel y Gest Hillfort
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Morfa Abererch Standing Stone / Menhir
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Mynydd Carnguwch Round Barrow(s)
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Mynydd Clywedog Stone Row / Alignment
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Mynydd Du Settlement, Carnedd Dafydd Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Mynydd Graig Goch Cairn(s)
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Mynydd Mawr Round Cairn
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Mynydd Mawr (Aberdaron) Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Mynydd Moel, Cadair Idris Cairn(s)
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Mynydd Pentre Cairn(s)
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Mynydd Rhiw Ancient Mine / Quarry
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Mynydd Rhiw Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Mynydd Tir y Cwmwd Burial Chamber
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Mynydd y Llyn Round Cairn
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Nant-y-Llys Long Cairn
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Nant Gwrtheyrn Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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1 site
Pandy Standing Stone / Menhir
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Pant Clyd Cairn(s)
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Pant Ifan Standing Stone / Menhir
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Parciau Gleison Standing Stone / Menhir
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Parc Gelli Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Pared-y-Cefn-Hir Hillfort
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Pared Mawr Cliff Fort
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Penarth Chambered Tomb
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Penbryn Mawr Standing Stone / Menhir
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Penllech Coetan Arthur Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Pentre Farm Round Barrow(s)
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Pen-y-Bwlch Enclosure
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Pen-y-Dinas Hillfort
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Pen-y-Gaer (Aberglaslyn) Hillfort
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Pen-Y-Gaer and Nant Castell Hillfort
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Pen-y-Gaer (Bethesda) Hillfort
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Pen-Y-Gaer (Llanaelhaearn) Hillfort
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Pen-y-Garreg Hillfort
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Pen-y-Gelli Cairn(s)
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Pen-y-Gwryd (Cairn SE of) Round Cairn
Pen-y-Stryda Stone Circle
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Pen Dinas camp Hillfort
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Plas Cregennen Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Pont Scethin, Double cairn Cairn(s)
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Pont Scethin standing stones Standing Stones
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Rhiw Goch Stone Natural Rock Feature
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Settlement north of Cwm Dyli power station Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Sling Burial Chamber
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Tal-y-Llyn
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Tal y Garreg and Llechlwyd Hillfort
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Tan-y-Muriau Chambered Cairn
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Tarrenhendre Round Cairn
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Tir-Bach Standing Stone / Menhir
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Tir Gwyn 1 (North) Standing Stone / Menhir
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Tir Gwyn 2 (south) Standing Stone / Menhir
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Tre'r Ceiri Hillfort
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Trum Gelli Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Trum y Ddysgl Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Trwyn Porth Dinllaen Promontory Fort
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Twll Pant-hiriol Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Tyddyn Mawr Standing Stone / Menhir
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Waen Bant Standing Stone / Menhir
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Waun Fach Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Waun Hir Ring Cairn
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Waun Oer Stone Row / Alignment
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Yr Aelgerth Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Yr Eifl Round Cairn
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Yr Wyddfa Cairn(s) (Destroyed)
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Ystumcegid Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Y Ffor Burial Chamber
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Y Ffor Menhir Standing Stone / Menhir
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Y Foel Hillfort
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Y Foel Cairns Cairn(s)
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Y Garn, Nantlle Ridge Cairn(s)
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Y Gyrn Cairn(s)
Sites of disputed antiquity:
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Afon Anafon Arrow Stone Carving
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Criccieth Hillfort
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Croes Faen
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Ffridd Fedw Standing Stone / Menhir
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Ffridd y Beudail Standing Stone / Menhir
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Kenric's Stone and Llanelltyd Church Christianised Site
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Madryn Castle Settlement Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Parc Bach Burial Chamber
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Pont Scethin mounds Artificial Mound
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Sarn Meyllteyrn Standing Stone / Menhir
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St Cadfan's churchyard, Tywyn Stone Row / Alignment
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Trefllys Standing Stone / Menhir
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Ty'n-llywyn Pentir Standing Stones

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Welsh storms expose Stone Age landscape


Video published on the BBC News web site on 23rd January 2014:
Winter storms which battered the coast of Wales have exposed previously hidden traces of the area's Stone Age landscape.

A four mile stretch of coastline near Tywyn on the west coast of Wales was so altered by the sea that it was pushed back 50 feet (15 metres)... continues...
Kammer Posted by Kammer
23rd January 2014ce
Edited 23rd January 2014ce

Legendary Welsh lake to be bought for the nation


National Trust has raised £1m to buy a farm encompassing a lake considered one of the most beautiful and emblematic in Wales.

There were concerns that Llyn Dinas in Snowdonia and its shoreline could be turned into a water sports centre if it were not saved for the nation... continues...
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
16th November 2011ce

Tyddyn Pandy Archaeological Find


A friend of mine was telling me about this the other day. Apparently they have now moved the proposed building site for the school and archaeological digs are on-going Caernarfon

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faerygirl Posted by faerygirl
11th June 2010ce
Edited 11th June 2010ce

Remains Could Lie Under Proposed Building in Wales


Experts believe important prehistoric remains could lie under a proposed international sheepdog centre near Bala, in North Wales. Gwynedd Archaeological Planning Service stepped in after realising there is a prehistoric and Roman site close by... continues...
Kozmik_Ken Posted by Kozmik_Ken
16th December 2003ce
Edited 19th March 2007ce

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Snowdonia Summit Cairns


Fantastic catalogue of Snowdonia summit cairns. Click the numbers on the map and links take you to detailed plans of the cairns.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
2nd August 2011ce

Gwynedd Sites and Monuments Record


Address and contact details for this service.
IronMan Posted by IronMan
2nd May 2002ce
Edited 7th April 2013ce

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Bryn Cader Faner (Cairn(s)) — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>Bryn Cader Faner</b>Posted by costaexpress<b>Bryn Cader Faner</b>Posted by costaexpress<b>Bryn Cader Faner</b>Posted by costaexpress Posted by costaexpress
24th May 2018ce

Trum Gelli (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Fieldnotes

I don't read too much into symbolism. Generally speaking. However perhaps there is a degree inherent in citing Wales' glory as her abundance of mountains, rivers and coastline. Interdependent components of the hydrologic cycle. A triumvirate, if you will, one pretty much responsible for life on Earth when one stops to think about such things; as I'm pretty sure we should all more often do so. Yeah, intrinsic to existence, utilitarian, yet nevertheless infused with an aesthetic that has long haunted the susceptible such as I. Maybe you, too?

I think it's fair to say that Wales' rivers and mountains share a fundamentally closer infinity (as coastline is obviously not always 'within scope'), the latter channelling precipitate run off to define the former. From the iconic Afon Glaslyn, cascading from its legendary source beneath Yr Wyddfa to a conflux with the Afon Mawddach within its sublime estuary... to the River Dee (the Brythonic "River of the Goddess") flowing to Chester, via Llyn Tegid, from an obscure inception upon the slopes of Dduallt... Wales possesses its fair share of iconic rivers. Primus inter pares, as scholars would say, is probably the River Severn (Afon Hafren), the UK's longest watercourse, rising upon the incomparable 'Mother of Rivers' that is Pumlumon, close by the birthplace of the Wye (Afon Gwy), the latter arguably our most serpentine? Nonetheless it is the Afon Dyfi which gets my vote, all things considered. Sourced and nurtured within the epic, primordial bosom of Aran Fawddwy, the tumultuous birth of the nascent water course perfectly complemented by the final, stately procession to merge with Cardigan Bay 23 miles hence.

Which - finally - brings me to Trum Gelli following a morning drive from an overnight sojourn - as you do - upon said Pumlumon. Set at the south-western extremity of Y Tarrenau overlooking the Afon Dyfi's exquisite journey's end at Aberdyfi, the 1,754ft 'Ridge of the Grove' is, to be fair, not where the thoroughly modern mind would expect to find the locale's premier Bronze Age funerary monuments. Granted, I don't consider myself to be of this ilk; but then again, despite all the bollocks spouted by archaeologists proffering pet theories, what does the thoroughly modern mind really know of the Bronze Age mindset? It would appear there is a conundrum to be considered here. Hey, could it be that my preamble has a bearing and that the view from the summit was all important, an attempt to cement an association between life/death/rebirth... as symbolised by the nurturing waters of the Afon Dyfi merging with the sea prior to repeating the cycle, the process - to go 'round again'? OK, mere supposition, but intriguing nonetheless; and given credence by the location of a similar disposition of monuments upon Allt-llwyd, overlooking the end game of the Afon Dysynni to the north-west? Perhaps placement in relation to water really did have great symbolic meaning back in the day? The mountain/river duology or... even better, as here... the mountain/river/sea sacred trilogy?

Now I first became aware of the potential significance of Trum Gelli's archaeology through a '3m cairns' reference in Dave Ing's 'Hill Walks in Mid Wales' (ISBN 1-85058-433-8). Checking the veracity of this has, to be fair, taken quite a while. But there you are. Although I would, in retrospect, recommend that interested travellers start from the (now 'retired'?) chapel within Cwm Maethlon (Happy Valley) to the south-west and make their ascent via Bryn Dinas, I end up coming from the east. It is possible (even for me) to park a car upon the hairpin bend at Pant-yr-or, west of Cwrt, whence a by-way climbs away to the north-west, accessing the excellent little cairn circle of Eglwys Gwyddelod before heading off west toward Bryn Dinas. This track is unfortunately also the legal preserve of those odd, noisy people whom appear to enjoy the mad adrenaline rush of riding a motor bike at 1mph. But there you are. Whooah! Crazy, far out dudes! It takes all sorts, doesn't it? Anyway, the track is an enjoyable stomp in its own right according excellent, sweeping views across Cwm Maethlon and Mynydd-y-Llyn (the lake in question being the curious 'Bearded Lake', Llyn Barfog) to the wondrous Aberdyfi and, beyond again, Pumlumon.

At the col before Bryn Dinas the track swings to the northwest. I therefore leave it here at the fence junction and head for the southern slopes of Allt Gwyddgwion rising above, the route just to the left of an overgrown cairn featuring remnants of a possible - nay, surely probable? - cist. The path, such as it is, heads straight for Trum Gelli so Citizens Cairn'd wishing to check out Allt Gwyddgwion's two cairns are advised to following the ascending fence line instead. The first, over to the left, is a small yet tidy monument. However that upon the crest [SH65150123] at a further fence intersection is, aside from a concrete 'capstone', actually rather good, complete with what I take to be the remains of a kerb still in situ. According to Coflein [RCAHMW, 14/11/2007] it measures "approximately 10 metres square and 1.5 metres high", the concrete slab perhaps the base of a former temporary OS trig pillar? Curiously they clearly don't seem to know for sure. Whatever, the watery vistas to be enjoyed from here are, quite frankly, majestic. Perhaps unsurprisingly.

The ridge continues approx north-east to finally grant an audience with Trum Gelli's brace of summit monuments. These are in a different league altogether, the southern, just beyond a stile, surmounted by a (presumably) modern beehive very much in the style of Drygarn Fawr topping the Cwmdeuddwr Hills not that far to the south. The underlying footprint is substantial - very much so - and, furthermore, embedded with strategically placed blocks of quartzite. I get the impression some degree of reconstruction has taken place, but nevertheless the effect is aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

The northern [SH6561801554], at the actual summit (or so it would appear) is more 'ragged', yet - or perhaps because of this - my favourite of the quartet. Once again the footprint is very substantial, more so than its southern neighbour, perhaps since it possesses a smaller beehive. The onward view across Cwm Ffernol toward Tarrenhendre is excellent, the cwm itself featuring woodland.... although I couldn't decide if this represented forestry or perhaps the vestiges of the original namechecked 'grove'? Coflein gives dimensions as "5m wide, 2.5m in height" [S.D. Lowden, Archaeophysica, 1/6/2006] although their records do appear a little confused at the present time.

As I sit and contemplate H2O-related stuff - fortunately none sees fit to fall upon my head - I elect to enjoy an extra 30 mins up here by not reprising my ascent route in reverse, so to speak, instead descending steeply southwards more-or-less straight down to the byway far below. Suffice to say it is a mistake, the latter regions of this, er, route proving to be malevolent, deep bog. Schoolboy error and most certainly not the water association I was looking for, but there you are. Guess that's one way to retain the child inside. Albeit a rather soggy, smelly one. Whatever, I decide to undertake my own symbolic gesture, my personal homage to the principles of hydrology... by 'closing the loop' and following the Afon Dyfi back into its nursery upon The Arans. I spend the night at Bwlch-y-Groes.
GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
7th May 2018ce
Edited 8th May 2018ce

Maes y Gaer (Hillfort) — Images

<b>Maes y Gaer</b>Posted by thesweetcheat thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
18th April 2018ce

Moel Wnion (Cairn(s)) — Images

<b>Moel Wnion</b>Posted by thesweetcheat thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
18th April 2018ce

Aran Fawddwy (Round Cairn) — Fieldnotes

Aran Fawddwy (2,969ft) is one of Wales' classic mountains, its volcanic crags deeply scoured and crafted by the unimaginably powerful forces of glaciation to form a towering cathedral of igneous rock. Together with its slightly lower northern neighbour, Aran Benllyn (2,901ft), the landscape might be considered by some - such as I - the archetypal hybrid of North/Mid Walian upland topography: the stark, uncompromising brutality of unforgiving cliff faces offset, tempered, by the softer green of subsidiary ridges and rounded hills overlooking sylvan cwms; valleys where farmers ply their trade much as they have done so for centuries past. Beast and beauty writ large upon the southern extremity of Snowdonia.

It is this (relative) geographical isolation from the traditional mountain heartland of Gwynedd that, in my opinion, accords The Arans their sense of singularity, a perceived notion of uniqueness perhaps only approximated by the equally sublime heights of not-too-distant Cadair Idris. Local history suggests that this 'aloofness' may not merely reside in the cognition of the modern traveller, the sentinel peaks namechecking the medieval cymydau (commotes) of Penllyn and Mawddwy... by all accounts, judging by the violent antics of the notorious 'Red Robbers' said to reside in and around Cwm Cywarch during the 1500's, pretty volatile areas back in the day. Furthermore, walkers wishing to visit both main summits will need to set foot upon Erw y Ddafad Ddu... 'Acre of the Black Sheep'. Hmm.. is there something we should know, Mr Cope? It is therefore fitting that Aran Fawddwy should be crowned by what is - in my opinion, all things considered - Wales' finest upland Bronze Age cairn. Coflein has this to say:

"Remains of a large cairn located on the summit of Aran Fawddwy. The cairn is stone built and measures up to 16m in diameter and up to 4m in height. An Ordnance Survey triangulation pillar has been erected on the E side of the cairn"

OK, so the dimensions of the stone pile are impressive, although nowadays perhaps not to the degree suggested by the professionals; however, for me, it is the sheer sublimity of placement, the overpowering exquisiteness of location which sets this monument apart. Perched upon the eastern flank of the summit crags, the cairn quite literally stands upon the edge of the abyss, overlooking a vertiginous, perpendicular drop to Creiglyn Dyfi cradled over 1,000ft below. Now I'm well aware words can only convey so much. So imagine, if you will, the late, great Stuart Adamson standing atop this cairn performing an guitar solo (with E-bow, naturally) expressing all the joy, pain, love, sorrow, exhilaration, frustration, altruism, anger, fear, hope.. that, collectively, we call 'being human'. Hey, that's what I mean.

Needless to say this dark lake Creiglyn Dyfi has form, being none other than the source of the Afon Dyfi (Dovey), the river undertaking a majestic procession south-westward to Cardigan Bay following a suitably tumultuous birth, erupting from the tarn as Llaethnant or 'Milk Brook'. Legend has it that St. Tydecho was responsible for this moniker after, er, somewhat miraculously turning the nascent, cascading stream into nutritious dairy produce to assist impoverished locals during times of famine... wondrous chap that he was. However those who have approached Creiglyn Dyfi via Foel Hafod-fynydd - incidentally a fine walk - may well wish to contest the veracity of this incredulous claim. Or not. Nevertheless it is telling, perhaps, that such transcendental occurrences are attributed to the locale; although whether Bronze Age priests were the initiators of such a metaphysical vibe or merely drawn here by pre-existing spiritual memes kept alive by Neolithic locals is no doubt a moot point. Whatever the truth, there is in my view no denying the 'special relationship' formed between landscape and human psyche in the vicinity, particularly when looking from above seated in the abode of the gods. Just the spot for a people to set their VIP upon the path to eternity, one might say?

The views are inspiring looking upon a more horizontal - albeit elevated - plane, too, with the long escarpments of Cadair Idris and Y Rhinogydd to the approx west, Snowdonia to the north beyond Aran Benllyn, Y Berwyn to the east... and the green hills of Mid Wales stretching away to the southern horizon. Given clear skies, of course. Although, to be fair, swirling cloud does add an additional, ethereal dimension to proceedings if countered by accurate compass bearings facilitating the way down. Note that the unnamed former occupant(s) of the great cairn are not the only legendary VIPs to be commemorated up hereabouts... as a memorial to SAC Michael 'Mike' Aspain upon nearby Drws Bach makes abundantly clear, the RAF St Athan Mountain Rescue gentleman having been killed by lightning whilst on duty during June 1960. There really are no words one can say, so perhaps a brief, silent salute in passing is appropriate. Oh, incidentally two men had to be airlifted off the mountain in January 2014 (just a year before my last ascent) after being paralysed - I kid you not - by another lightning strike. Yeah, Aran Fawddwy can be a dangerous, foreboding place.... primeval forces created it and are at still at work here. Natural forces of a magnitude beyond our limited comprehension. Is it any wonder priests attempted to fill the void?

Arguably the classic route to Aran Fawddwy is the linear traverse of the main ridge starting from Llanuwchllyn at the southern end of Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake). However my three ascents to the summit ridge over the years have, for logistical reasons, all commenced within the dramatic environs of Cwm Cywarch, as mentioned above the former haunt of the Red Robbers. It is to the credit of the Snowdonia National Park Authority to note that, in addition to managing the very militant local land owners, a (relatively) new car park now alleviates parking issues of yore. I speak from experience, having found myself bogged down to my axle whilst parking upon grass prior to an ascent of Glasgwm back in 2008. Surrounded by towering buttresses of rock, it is a suitably epic spot to begin a foray into these wondrous mountains crowned by quite possibly Wales finest upland cairn. All things considered....
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