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Carn Wen (Cynwyl Gaeo)

Round Cairn


This, another of Wales' numerous 'White Cairns', may well initially confuse the uninitiated ... since its hue is very much at the, er, 'greener' end of the spectrum nowadays. Hey, it rains a lot upon The Cambrian Mountains... grass likes it here. Likewise, if the truth be told.

A not insignificant trek starting from the farm of Blaneau (take the road north from the idyllic hamlet of Cwrt-y-Cadno prior to climbing steeply first left) will grant the curious visitor an audience with the grassed-over remains of what once must have been a pretty substantial monument in its time, now supporting an OS trig pillar. The expansive vistas to be had are worth the effort themselves. Although don't forget the waterproofs, the inclement Mid Walian weather seeing fit to give me a veritable pasting for my trouble.

Coflein has this to say about yet another obscure gem:

"A cairn, 18m diameter and 1.0m high, mutilated about its center and having an Ordnance Survey triangulation pillar... set upon its eastward rim." [J.J. Hall, Trysor, 28 March 2012]
5th December 2021ce
Edited 17th January 2022ce

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