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Three stones and an Abbey

By way of a compromise we agreed to spend an afternoon visiting the ruins of Strata Florida Abbey near Pontrhydfendigaid, as well as a few nearby standing stones. We started with Penmaen-Gwyn, visited the Abbey, then drove south to Nant-y-Ffrwd and Nant-y-Maen.

Penmaen-Gwyn was good, if only because we got some peace and quiet there. I was a bit sceptical about the Abbey part of the excursion, but it turned out to be rather pleasant. There are a load of early Christian grave stones there, which kept me interested. Of the two standing stones we visited after that I was really taken with Nant-y-Maen. Then we grabbed something to eat in Tregaron at the Talbot Hotel, and headed home.

Kammer x

Penmaen-Gwyn — Fieldnotes

Visited 23rd March 2003: We visited Penmaen-Gwyn after spending an hour or so at Strata Florida Abbey just down the road. The stone stands on a small hill just north of the road (south of the forestry track, contrary to the impression given by Multimap).

There's a picnic place nearby, but also ample parking at the bottom of the forestry track. The boys were asleep when we arrived, but the stone is so close to the road that there was no problem leaving them in the car. The sunlight through the trees was beautiful, and we took the opportunity enjoy the place in a strange child-free quiet. Very pleasant.

Penmaen-Gwyn — Images

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Nant-y-Ffrwd — Fieldnotes

Visited 23rd March 2003: This stone stands to the south of the mountain road between Tregaron and Beulah, and may not be prehistoric. The only reference I've yet found for it (Cambria Archaeology) suggests it may be a post-Medieval milestone or standing stone. They list it without a name, so I've named it after the stream that runs nearby.

Having visited the stone, I'm not sure whether it's prehistoric or not. It looks to me like it's too far off from the road to be a milestone, but it could be a boundary marker (a small one at that though). Could it be a kerb stone from a cairn? Not the most awe inspiring site in itself, but enigmatic, and beautifully positioned.

Nant-y-Ffrwd — Images

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Nant-y-Maen — Fieldnotes

Visited 23rd March 2003: We drove up to the farm and asked permission to go and see the standing stone. The farmer was fine with this, and asked us to park in the yard. Here we were met by a big friendly horse who thought he was about to get his dinner (William loved that).

The stone is very near the farm, but approaching from the farm it's difficult to spot until you're almost next to it. I found this site rather charming because the stone itself leans at an extreme angle, and is surounded by farmyard tat (a tractor tyre, an old gate and a water tank). The objects around the stone probably protect it from livestock.

We spent a while at the stone, and came away with a a good feeling about it. Well worth a visit if you're in the area, but only if you don't mind standing stones that are barely standing.

Nant-y-Maen — Images

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10th April 2003ce
Edited 10th April 2003ce

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