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Tunley Long Barrow / Miscellaneous by Chance

Well that's very interesting! I wonder if you can spot the 6ft stone somewhere? Unless someone thought it'd be more useful chopped up...
And can you see much of the nearby camp?
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
13 Aug 20ce

Tunley Long Barrow / Miscellaneous by Chance

I live in part of the farmhouse. When we were reconfiguring the gardens we found some large pieces of stone adjacent to the back lane. Some of them are probably part of the door frame from a barn that used to be there but some seem to have been cut down from something else. Posted by Lee C
13 Aug 20ce

Summit of Slieve Donard / Image by ryaner

Highest surviving prehistoric cairn in Wales is Carnedd Llewelyn at 3,490ft... although Snowdon summit itself (Yr Wyddfa) was probably the highest once upon a time.

England is perhaps Grasmoor at 2,795ft? Although one would've thought at least some of the 3,000'ers must surely have had them once, now lost?

Scotland is another question because even some absolutely certain ones I've seen aren't even acknowledged as such... probably due to there not being enough mountaineering archaeologists who know what they're looking at!
GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
13 Aug 20ce

Esgair Nant-yr-Arian / Image by GLADMAN

That is a lovely photo. Bags of atmosphere. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
13 Aug 20ce

Summit of Slieve Donard / Image by ryaner

Highest pile of stones of age (for want of a better description) in Scotland I can think of is on Morven at 872m. Question mark over the age of that one maybe. Very tricky with dates for upland cairns in Scotland. Tinto at 711m is a definite ancient cairn, surely there's one higher in Scotland than that. Calling Drew, Gladman, anyone?

Highest in Wales and England?

Most remote cairn, that's another question.

I like stuff like this, highest, lowest, most northern, westerly etc etc. Bit sad I know :-)
thelonious Posted by thelonious
13 Aug 20ce

Summit of Slieve Donard / Image by ryaner

Good question. It is said, at 850 or so metres, that it's the highest passage grave in Britain and Ireland, but that's said about Gullion and Seefin too. There are cairns marked on Galtymore mountain at archaeology.ie, some of which are on or around the 900 metre mark, but none of these are on the OS map. You've got me wondering too now. More investigation needed. ryaner Posted by ryaner
13 Aug 20ce

Esgair Nant-yr-Arian / Image by GLADMAN

Nice set of photos. All those lovely greens. A place of secrets. thelonious Posted by thelonious
13 Aug 20ce

Summit of Slieve Donard / Image by ryaner

Got me wondering if this is the highest cairn in Ireland? Any on higher hills in the south? thelonious Posted by thelonious
13 Aug 20ce

Slieve Commedagh / Image by ryaner

I remember that walk up the wall, tough going! Just magic when the clouds lift and you get a view. thelonious Posted by thelonious
13 Aug 20ce

Wag of Forse / Fieldnotes by LesHamilton

Nice one, not easy walking round there. Good few brochs in that area. thelonious Posted by thelonious
13 Aug 20ce

Slieve Donard Lesser Cairn / Image by ryaner

Yeah, can't argue with that.... nice GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
12 Aug 20ce

Carrickclevan / Folklore by Rhiannon

Ah Ryaner, what a marvellous secret mossy spot! I do love finding something on the map and tracking it down. I found a super narrow packhorse bridge at the weekend and a nice sunken lane with it, quite local but I'd never been before. But it didn't have the hidden-away mythical quality of an Irish dolmen complete with buried treasure and a chieftain. You are so lucky over there.

Also, can I just say how I still love how this website allows us to bring together disparate bits of information and the fruits of people's fieldtrips. I like it a lot.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
11 Aug 20ce

Coill'ach a' Chuil / Image by LesHamilton

Nice site Les. Interesting little island behind, crannog? drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
10 Aug 20ce

Coill'ach a' Chuil / Fieldnotes by LesHamilton

Magic, thanks Les.

Must feel good to be out and about in the wilds again.
thelonious Posted by thelonious
10 Aug 20ce

Coill'ach a' Chuil / Fieldnotes by LesHamilton

There is a long disused track heading north from the same starting point. I parked in there. This used to be a forestry access route but all the trees are gone now. You can easily check this out using Google Maps 'StreetView'

Alternatively, there is a more recent forestry exit on to the road about half a mile west - this is spacious and you could park there without being an obstruction. Again, as far as I can see, all the trees are gone too.

Around the same spot, Google Streetview shows a cattle grid and gate on the road. There is plenty space to park behind the gate (unless there is a sheep drive on!).
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
10 Aug 20ce

Coill'ach a' Chuil / Fieldnotes by LesHamilton

Was your access and parking OK for this Les?
I'd like to visit Beadaig close by so would be useful to know for a future visit.
Thanks
thelonious Posted by thelonious
10 Aug 20ce

Carrickclevan / Folklore by Rhiannon

Hi Rhiannon. We didn't find the mouth-shaped stone but we did find the tomb. It's faring ok, but overgrown with trees and briars since the 1972 photo. Love the sense of intrigue and warning in the folklore. ryaner Posted by ryaner
10 Aug 20ce

Callaigh Berra's House / Fieldnotes by ryaner

Leave no trace is not much to ask, and seems to be catching on, says he struggling to stay positive. ryaner Posted by ryaner
10 Aug 20ce

Craig-y-Dullfan / Image by GLADMAN

If only.... but that's a reservoir... there are actually submerged cairns in there. In Scotland, of course it would be.... GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
09 Aug 20ce

Pen Pumlumon-Arwystli Cairns / Fieldnotes by postman

The footprint diameter of the northern cairn is quoted as the same as the southern. However, it appears so robbed/trashed that - like Pen Pumlumon-Fawr's central cairn - I don't think we'll ever know for sure its original form. I did wonder whether it might have been a ring cairn? GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
09 Aug 20ce

Craig-y-Dullfan / Image by GLADMAN

A great photo, and just willing that wee island to be crannog or dun with a causeway :-) Great stuff Mr G. drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
09 Aug 20ce

Callaigh Berra's House / Fieldnotes by ryaner

Yeah, good notes - in a similar vein to Spiddly's recent comments at West Kennet LB. There is certainly a 'Catch 22' here.... urging people to go and see this stuff in (arguably) an almost evangelical attempt to add more to people's lives.... then complaining when they do and don't abide by 'our rules'. I feel this a lot at mountain summits.

That's not to say there can be no right or wrong. A basic prerequisite for everyone to act with respect for the landscape/others is, surely, a condition for being a part of civilised society? Stupid is as stupid does, as they say. But enforcing behaviour leads inexorably to strict regulation and the inevitable corruption that breeds - the little Hitlers donning a uniform to exert power over others... not just those taking the piss. Guess we need to highlight the actions of those who don't give a monkey's and make it not worth their while if at all possible, but accept everyone else has just as much right to be at sites as us.
GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
08 Aug 20ce

Glücksburg 02 / Image by Nucleus

Fascinating looking site Uwe, see you were up near the border Posted by costaexpress
08 Aug 20ce

Melgum / Image by costaexpress

That is exactly how I felt, just sad. I decided to comb the area as even though most of the time I didn't know what I was looking at I wanted to know I had seen it because I knew it was one place I wouldn't be going back to. Posted by costaexpress
07 Aug 20ce

Melgum / Image by costaexpress

Melgum, always makes me sad, just a rubbish dump in an area full of good sites. drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
06 Aug 20ce
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