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Barnenez (Chambered Cairn) — Fieldnotes

I wanted to return to the great cairn of Barnenez because when we visited 4 years ago it was pouring with rain. Last week when we went it was sunny and dry – perfect!

Because it's a big important monument with a visitor centre and a perimeter fence you have to pay a fee to get in. But it was Monday. And it was closed. Drat and double drat! It was 50miles from where we were staying and I didn't want to drive all that way again. There was nothing for it but to try to find a way through the fence. (Don't try this at home, kids!)

So we walked up the lane a bit and made our way through the fields inspecting the high barbed wire perimeter fence. It looked impenetrable. Another field. Another length of fence. Right around the back of the monument, three fields away from the visitor centre we found a place under some trees where the fence had already been breached, presumably by other Monday visitors. So we scrambled through the dense low trees and got in! It felt a bit naughty and I'd much rather have paid my 5euros to be honest.

We walked around the vast monument admiring its wonderful layers, chambers and superb stonework, revelling in the luxury of seeing in sunlight, the shadows revealing it bulk even more. To me, of all Brittany's megalithic treasures, Barnenez is the greatest jewel of all.

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Roch Toul (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

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Bot er Mohed (Allee-Couverte) — Images

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Liscuis II (Allee-Couverte) — Images

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Liscuis I (Allee-Couverte) — Images

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Liscuis III (Allee-Couverte) — Images

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Callac (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Chapelle de Notre Dame de Lorette (Cromlech (France and Brittany)) — Images

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Ty Ar Boudiged (Chambered Tomb) — Images

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Mougau Bihan (Allee-Couverte) — Images

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Le Reun (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Lehan (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Kerfland (Alignement) — Images

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Quélarn (Complex) — Images

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Menez-Landu (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

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Lestriguiou (Allee-Couverte) — Images

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Kerscaven (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Musee Prehistorique (Complex) — Images

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Beg an Dorchenn (Chambered Tomb) — Images

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Kerugou (Allee-Couverte) — Images

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Habitat: Commonly sighted in fields round Oxfordshire and Wiltshire.
Distribution: Widespread; occasional migrations to overwinter in Africa or other hot climes.
Characteristics: A tall, blonde, opinionated bird with feisty temper when provoked. Prone to spells of gloom during winter months. Usually sporting dark plumage, except for golden head, can often spotted with sketchbook and brushes near megalithic sites.
Feeding habits: Easily tempted with cheese (any variety) or a nice cup of tea. Unfeasibly fond of curry.
Behaviour: Unpredictable, approach cautiously. Responds very favourably to flattery.
Abhors: slugs, invisible sky gods, Tories, the Daily Mail, bigots, eggs, the cold, walking and timewasting.
Adores: a man called Moth, painting, live music, furry creatures, tea administered frequently, hot places, cheese, writing crap poetry, David Attenborough, Ernest Shackleton, Vincent van Gogh and the English language.
Want more?: see her website.
Big old rocks I find appealling
Their secrets they are not revealing
Some are chambers, some are tombs
Hidden in valleys and in combes
Some are said to act like clocks
With shadows cast out from their rocks
I like the way they just survive
When I visit, I feel alive
So I chase my rocks around the maps
Round England, Ireland and France, perhaps
But there ain't nothin' that I liked so much
As to see the Hunebedden, dem is Dutch.

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