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Adam and Eve Natural Rock Feature
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Afon Bedal Cist Cist
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Afon Ceirw (Destroyed) Cairn circle
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Afon Garreg Wen Standing Stone / Menhir
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Alltwen Hillfort
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Blaen y Cwm Round Barrow(s)
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Boncyn Crwn Round Barrow(s)
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Bryn-cyplau, Nebo Cairn(s)
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Bryn Euryn Hillfort
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Bwlch Cowlyd Cairn(s)
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Bwlch Goleuni Long Barrow
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Bwlch y Rhediad, Moelwyns Cairn(s)
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Cadair Ifan Goch Natural Rock Feature
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Caer Caradog Hillfort
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Cae Du Cairn(s)
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Cae Du Round Barrow(s)
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Cairn NNE of Foel Ganol Cairn(s)
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Cairn, NNW of Foel Ganol Cairn(s)
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Capel Garmon Chambered Cairn
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Carnedd Moel Siabod Round Cairn
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Carnedd Pen y Borth Goch Round Cairn
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Carnedd y Ddelw Cairn(s)
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Castell Caer Seion Hillfort
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Castell Cawr Hillfort
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Castell y Gwynt, Y Glyderau Natural Rock Feature
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Cefn Glas Cairn(s)
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Cefn Glas 1 Cairn(s)
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Cerrig-y-Ddinas Hillfort
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Clogwyn-yr-Eryr Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Coed Gaer Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Cronglwyd Fawr Round Barrow(s)
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Cwm Cowlyd Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Ddol-Frwynog Cairn(s)
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Dinas (Llanfairfechan) Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Dyffryn Mymbyr Cairn(s)
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Dyffryn Mymbyr cist II Cist
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Fairy Glen Natural Rock Feature
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Ffrith-Y-Bont Stone Row / Alignment
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Foel Dduarth Arrow Stone Carving
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Foel Frech Round Cairn
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Foel Grach Round Cairn
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Garn Prys Cairn circle
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Garreg Fawr Cup Marked Stone
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8 sites
Great Orme and its Environs
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Gwern Gof Isaf Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
21 posts
Hafodty Standing Stone / Menhir
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Hafodty Circle Stone Circle
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Hafodygors Wen Ring Cairn
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Hafodygors Wen Cairn II Cairn(s)
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Hafodygors wen hut circle Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Hafod-y-Llan Isaf Cairn(s)
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Hafod Gelyn (north) Cairn(s)
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Hafod y Dre Stone Row / Alignment
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Hafod y Garreg Stone Row / Alignment
43 posts
Hendre Waelod Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Llanerch Fedw Cairn(s)
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4 sites
Llanfairfechan Arrow Stones Carving
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Llangernyw Yew and Standing Stones Christianised Site
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Llyn Y Wrach Ring Cairn
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Maen Pebyll Long Barrow
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Moel Eilio, Y Carneddau Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Mynydd-y-Gaer Hillfort
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Nant Cornwall Round Barrow(s)
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Nant Heilyn Kerbed Cairn
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Nant Y Benglog Cairn(s)
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Ogof Pant-y-Wennol Cave / Rock Shelter
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Ogof Rhiwledyn Cave / Rock Shelter
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Pant-y-Griafolen Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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15 sites
Penmaenmawr
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Pen-y-Castell, Maenan Hillfort
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Pen-y-Corddyn-Mawr Hillfort
49 posts
Pen-y-Gaer (Caerhun) Hillfort
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Pen Llithrig y Wrach Round Cairn
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Pen yr Orsedd Cairn(s)
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Plas Curig Cairn(s)
11 posts
Plas Newydd Round Barrow(s)
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Porth Llwyd Burial Chamber
11 posts
Rhiwiau Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Tal-y-Braich Cairn Cairn(s)
8 posts
Tal-y-Braich Circle Stone Circle
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16 sites
Tal-y-Fan
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Tan-yr-ogof Cave / Rock Shelter
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Tristan's Cairn Cairn(s)
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Tydden-Grasod Cist
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Waen Bryn-Gwenith (stone I) Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Waen Bryn-Gwenith (stone II) Standing Stone / Menhir
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Waen Gyrach Cairn(s)
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Y Ro Wen Cairn(s)
Sites of disputed antiquity:
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Afon Eigiau Burial Chamber
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Bedd Carrog Round Barrow(s)
14 posts
Clogwyn-yr-Eryr (possible) stone row Stone Row / Alignment
16 posts
The Four Stones of Gwytherin Standing Stones
18 posts
Llyn Ogwen Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
8 posts
Yr Orsedd Standing Stone / Menhir

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Iron Age Hillforts in Conwy County


Clickable map showing a number of the county's hillforts - links go to detailed descriptions, plans, etc.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
2nd August 2011ce

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Foel Frech (Round Cairn) — Fieldnotes

About half a mile south of Cerrigydrudion - yes, the village immortalized (in certain antiquarian circles, anyway) by Mr Cope back in 2007 - the B4501 leaves Thomas Telford's A5 to immediately cross the Afon Ceirw at Pont Moelfre, prior to cutting across the hills to Frongoch. Now, should the latter also sound familiar.... well, to be fair, it should. Since it was here that Michael Collins, among others, was interned in the aftermath of the farcically inept Easter Rising of 1916, no doubt busy laying the foundations of his public - albeit ultimately personally tragic - triumph of the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921. The landscape here certainly echoes such lofty ideals and I'm verily captivated by the vivid colour contrast as the low early morning light periodically illuminates the flanks of the valley. Suffice to say the words to further elucidate such natural beauty will not come to me.

So, there's serious history in them thar hills. However, as momentous as that may be, today I'm wearing my 'prehistoric hat'; and boy, does it need a wash. Speaking of which.... more later. Anyway, eventually a single track road at Nant-y-crytiau ventures northward across Cadair Benllyn, subsequently veering westward upon encountering a multi-gated cross roads beside an old chapel yo eventually terminate at the isolated farm of Blaen-y-cwm. As I negotiate the final livestock barrier I have the pleasure of making the acquaintance of, by all accounts, the smallholder, his initial countenance one of bemused bafflement at my very presence. He enquires whether I speak Welsh, presumably since, clearly, no tourist would venture here in a million years? Or so. As it happens I do not. Although, in mitigation, most Welsh people I know do not speak Welsh either. Including members of my family. Nevertheless my explanation, to the effect of planning to go for a walk in the teeming rain to find an ancient burial cairn, strikes him as perfectly rational behaviour for an English gentleman. As long as I fasten the gate behind me, mind. Well, after all, one doesn't get much opportunity to venture forth in the midday sun. In North Wales.

At Blaen-y-cwm a green track-cum-bridleway makes it way in a south-westerly direction, ascending across the eastern flanks of Foel Frech to a gated bwlch (col). The track veers approx north-west to (eventually) meet a metalled road accessing the former Medieval pilgrimage hub of Ysbyty Ifan astride the Afon Conwy; however, not requiring sanctuary at this time, I instead cut across the western aspect of Foel Frech to (eventually) locate the Bronze Age cairn marked upon the map. Sited overlooking the Nant Llan-gwrach a quite considerable distance below and to to the north-west of the summit, the monument occupies - or at least did at the time of the visit - a position that may be plausibly described as, er, 'rather wet indeed'. To be honest this was always going to be the case given both the topography... and fast moving fronts of vicious, driving hail.

Now there are occasions when venturing out in seriously inclement weather - particularly upon the hills - can result in a veritable working over by Mother Nature for no real correspondingly tangible reward. Tell me about it. However it soon becomes apparent that here, set within the not insubstantial remnants of this cairn, we have the clear and rather copious remains of a large cist still extant. Furthermore, the intervals between hail fronts are denoted by the sweeping washes of golden light so prevalent earlier in the day. In such conditions, despite leaky boots overwhelmed by the sheer deluge of frozen precipitation ejected by the looming, at times overwhelming, cumulonimbus, this wild hill side is the place to be right here, right now. Well, for a Citizen Cairn'd, anyway.

Those interested in the technical detail should note that Coflein reckons the monument is:

"...circular in plan and measures approximately 6.5m in diameter by up to 0.4m high. It is well constructed with densely-packed stones and has a cist in the centre. The cist measures 1.4m long by 1m wide and 0.4m deep. It has a long vertical cist slab running along the southern side and a shorter slab on the eastern side. There is a further shorter slab that has been displaced and is sat on the northern edge of the cairn... " [P.J. Schofield, OA North, 16/9/2009].

As is usually the case, however, it is the landscape context which makes a visit here so worthwhile, the cairn's obscurity assuring a great, windswept upland vibe. However it is as a viewpoint that the site really excels since, arranged in serried rank to the west, sit the mountains of Northern Snowdonia in all their expansive glory, Moel Siabod standing vanguard to the fore. Well, at least in the welcome, brilliantly lit intermissions between hail storms, that is.

Now should there be, due to some currently unfathomable breech of the laws of physics and everything science holds dear, mountain gods inhabiting these regions, suffice to say they are a bunch of mischievous, nebulous rogues, so they are. Well, put it this way: I've lost count of the number of times when, a mere few hundred yards from reaching the sanctuary of the car nice n'dry... the heavens duly open. Hey, it's almost as if....
GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
8th December 2018ce
Edited 9th December 2018ce

Capel Garmon (Chambered Cairn) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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24th November 2018ce

Carnedd Moel Siabod (Round Cairn) — Images

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24th November 2018ce

Pen yr Orsedd (Cairn(s)) — Miscellaneous

Situated upon the lower south-western slopes of Pen yr Orsedd, the remains of this pretty substantial cairn offers a pretty good vibe for travellers willing to search it out, the only disturbance likely to be the occasional 4x4 muppet upon the nearby track. According to CPAT it represents a:

"Sub-circular cairn, 10.0m N/S x 11.0m E/W x 0.6m high. Appears to show signs of robbing. Situated on terrace above moderate N facing slope. (Hankinson 1994)"

Again according to CPAT, there is what might be a 'possible cist' at SH89155519. Not too sure, myself. Having said that, I located another 'cisty' looking stone arrangement... so who knows? Why not go and have a look?

I approached from the approx south-east where parking is available upon the verge of the A543 at Bwlch Gwyn. A little soggy, but there you are.
GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
24th November 2018ce

Nant Heilyn (Kerbed Cairn) — Images

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4th November 2018ce
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