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Henblas (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Fieldnotes

Never realised or understood quite what the significance of these stones were until I checked out the site...

Henblas is now a tourist-type farm attraction with childrens play area, falconry displays et al. One of the attractions is a bone-shaking ride on a tractor-pulled trailer which loops around the farm and does a circle about this monument. We thought it was a natural occurence until seeing the photograph on this site. I don't know if it's worth the ( not inconsiderable ) entrance fee to see the stones alone, but the kids loved the farm though..!

Barclodiad-y-Gawres (Chambered Cairn) — Fieldnotes

This is another site I remeber from childhood holidays in the rain searching out all the ancient burial chambers in Angelsey.

Revisted last year and when we arrived a cool dude from the University was inside. He invited us in and pointed out the spiral markings and the area where strange brews of bones and other bits and pieces where discovered...

The children were open-mouthed and awestruck at the chamber and description of the "witches' brew". This is a fantastic setting and quite a magical experience if you can get inside - the key should be available from the vistor centre in Abbefraw. I understand it's been significantly restored though...

Lligwy (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Fieldnotes

I visited this site in August with my daughter who is 7, and my niece and nephew ( 6 year old twins ). Din Lligwy is the remains of a village, and consists of several round huts, and a border wall which is over a metre thick. The site inspires imagination, and the children asked what the people were trying to keep out with such large walls. The "Chieftan's" hut is clearly identifiable. Further along is the remains od a burial chamber - we sheltered under the huge cap-stone as the rain drove down outside. The silence was total and evocative. I have visited many of the sites in Anglesey and North Wales as a child, but unfortunately I have forgotten the name of most of them.
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