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<b>Cras</b>Posted by GLADMANImage © Robert Gladstone
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OS Ref (GB):   SH65397089 / Sheet: 115
Latitude:53° 13' 3.44" N
Longitude:   4° 0' 58.55" W

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We parked to the west of the cairns on a long farm track close to the Pylons, from there you can see where to go easy enough.
My walking boots gave up trying to repel water months ago, so even though at this point it isnt raining my feet are soaked by the time we get to the top.
The cairns full name is as daft as any Iv'e ever heard, its "Cairn on ridge outcrop known as Cras"
I shortened it to just Cras, so its named after the outcropping which runs WSW-NNE. A small saddle between two such outcrops hides the cairn, the only place it might be visible from is on the hill above Aber falls.
Hill walker, is a name sometimes given to me by people who dont really understand that I'm not just walking but actively looking for something, something that has meaning, for me and for anyone who can look past this all too brief sojourne we call life. Imagine some "hill walkers" at the bottom of the hill the weather is a bit crap and one says to another "looks like rain and the winds getting up", does the other say "the map says there's a cairn we can partially demolish to hide from the wind and rain if it comes".
"Fine, lets go hide from the very thing weve come to experience"
Thats how difficult it is to understand why or how it happens, do they come up in dry weather and do it then for next time, or do they do it in the rain, which would probably take much longer than simply going back down.
Hill walker I am not, but my travels frequently take me up hills and mountains, despite my tirade the walkers did do us one favour, they exposed a chamber within the cairn, could be cist but im unsure weather its technically underground level.
The cist is an elongated polyganol structure, (crap description see pic) definitley an original feature as coflein says so.
The view even in low clouds is almost breathtaking from on top of the outcrop to the east, especially down to Aber falls beyond I could see Carnedd y Saeson and the big enclosure and Maes y gaer hillfort all of which I was at last month, but with much more amenable weather.
postman Posted by postman
19th July 2010ce
Edited 19th July 2010ce

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Cairn above Ffridd Ddu (Round Cairn) — Miscellaneous

Extract from Cadw Schedule descripton:

"Burial cairn probably Bronze Age, situated within open moorland below and to the N. of the Cras ridge of crags on the north-facing slopes of Moel Wnion. Stone built and circular in plan, measuring c. 10m in diameter and up to 0.6m in height. There are several hollows visible in its centre. F.F. 10/02/2004".

OK, the dominating power lines are a little, ahem, distracting... however as a bonus site for those making a pilgrimage to Cras and/or Moel Wnion, the site is nevertheless of interest.
20th January 2018ce

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