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Carn Pica



The eastern prow of Waun Rydd, a vast moorland plateau rising to a very healthy 2,522ft, is currently adorned by a recently restored (see photo) cairn of a magnitude way in excess of that required for a mere 'walker's cairn'. Perhaps the most likely explanation for this apparent eccentricity is that its original incarnation superseded - for whatever reason, now lost in the mists of time - a Bronze Age burial cairn which once stood here upon this exposed mountain top.

Indeed, according to a 'Field Monuments in the National Park' pamphlet, published by the Brecon Beacons National Park Committee in 1983, "... a few paces to the west... [of the existing cairn]... are the mutilated remains of a probable prehistoric burial cairn, much of it having been destroyed by generations of passing walkers" (suffice to say that 'walkers' is not a term I'd use!) This assertion is supported by the local Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust, not to mention the name 'Carn Pica' itself. Seems pretty solid reasoning to me.

It has to be said that very little of the original cairn remains, but - by all accounts - the site is authentic, the views sublime, the vibe likewise. Well worth a visit.

If the thought appeals, Carn Pica is perhaps best reached by a somewhat arduous walk/climb from Tal y Bont Reservoir, via the Twyn Du ridge. Map, compass and waterproofs essential.
16th June 2009ce
Edited 17th November 2009ce

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