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Cefn Isaf

Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech


North of Criccieth on the B4411 is the little village of Rhoslan, blink and you'll miss it, at the southern end of the village there is a small lane with a bridle path sign leading east. Park here. The burial chamber is ahead through a gate on the left side of the field. (following this path leads to Ystumcegid dolmen eventually, but I don't recommend that route)

Like nearby Caer Dyni I haven't been here for over a decade, my memory of it is one of slight disappointment, perhaps due to seeing all the better examples first, or maybe it was the way one side is too open, as if a couple of uprights had been taken away.
But my new memories of it are those of best site of the day, nay, star of the day. We got to quite a few sites today, one was just a pile of stones, one was just a stone, didn't find another, and another was basically just a lean to, they all had something great about them but right here right now Cefn Isaf is just what the doctor ordered.

A great big, it has to be said, axe like capstone held neatly aloft on strong thick legs, the stream running by very closely, swallows skimming for flies, a dog walking couple go by and the sun streams down upon me. Next to the stream up and down from the chamber are a number of large stones one a big round boulder another is a large flat stone, I wondered if the stream had always been there. Eric had elected to stay and wait in the car, but I was at such peace sitting comfortably in the chamber looking out at the bucolic scene, like a tranced out football coach in his dugout, that when he appeared round the corner and into the chamber I was fair startled, jumped and almost bumped my head, bloody kids, always sneaking about the place. We sat silently for a while, him between my feet, sharing the view, then he stated his need for a number two and can we go now.
Yes, yes we can.
postman Posted by postman
25th August 2012ce

Comments (3)

These notes are great, i think over the years you've got really good at making us feel like we're with you, notes can't get any better than that, and you break the day dreaming with a laugh [ i need a number 2 ], and sorry if you've got the same as me and you see stoneaxes in loads of standing stones and capstones as well. bladup Posted by bladup
26th August 2012ce
I never saw any axe/capstones or stones till you mentioned it, now they're almost everywhere.
Fieldnotes are about balance, directions, descriptions, and how do you feel, and something funny always happens when you've got kids, we are after all trying to encourage folk out of the house and off to some where new, wait till you see where we went today.
postman Posted by postman
26th August 2012ce
Great stuff Postie Posted by Sanctuary
27th August 2012ce
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