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Moel Hebog

Barrow / Cairn Cemetery


Moel Hebog - The Hill of The Hawk - is a fine 2,565ft mountain rising to the approx south-west of the attractive town of Beddgelert. Aside from being an truly exceptional viewpoint - assuming a clear day, naturally (yeah, right) - it also possesses at least four Bronze Age funerary cairns in the vicinity of its summit. I make that a cemetery! Anyway, according to our friends at Coflein:

'1) SH5650346951 - A roughly round cairn base, with only 1 layer of stone left above ground, measuring approx 0.9m in diameter.

2) SH5649546945 - A slightly oval cairn measuring 1.2m x 1.5m and surviving to a height of approx. 0.4m.

3) SH5650246948 - A roughly formed cairn measuring 1m in diameter and surviving to a height of up to 0.3m.

4) SH5649346930 A small, roughly oval cairn measuring 1.5m x 1m and reaching 0.3m in height.'

Another 'possible' is located at SH5648646944. All of the above were noted during an Upland Survey conducted by Archaeophysica, 2005-6.

The 'classic' ascent of the mountain is from Beddgelert itself, via Cwm Cloch. Usual warnings and required dress apply... and note you can 'bag' another Bronze Age cairn upon nearby Moel yr Ogof if you so wish. Plus fantastic views of The Snowdon Massif, Nantlle Ridge and whatever else takes your fancy.
16th October 2010ce
Edited 16th October 2010ce

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