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Esgair Gorlan

Round Cairn

<b>Esgair Gorlan</b>Posted by GLADMANImage © Robert Gladstone
Nearest Town:Aberystwyth (15km WSW)
OS Ref (GB):   SN72848261 / Sheet: 135
Latitude:52° 25' 34.53" N
Longitude:   3° 52' 13.29" W

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The elevated ridges of Esgair Gorlan and Esgair Nant-y-Moch stand to the (approx) south of the enigmatic Pumlumon outlier Disgwylfa Fawr (the 'Watching Place') and, as such, are well worth a wander in their own right when events/weather/downright exhaustion conspire against a more challenging outing. Although nothing is indicated upon current OS mapping, prehistoric upland cairns are to be found here. Well, this is Pumlumon, after all. What else did you expect?

I parked up beside the ford overlooked by the cairn namechecking the Nant Geifaes, following the stony byway heading southwest into the hinterland.

Coflein reckons the following:

"Located on a summit on the eastern side of Esgair Gorlan is a robbed round cairn. It is a turf-covered stony mound measuring 9.5m in diameter and 0.5m high but higher on the south-west where spoil from a central hollow has been piled up. The hollow measures 4m long (NW-SE) by 1.5m across and 0.4m deep. It was presumably the site of a cist, or at least thought to be, though its stony base may point to a cist cut into the old land surface." [D.K.Leighton, RCAHMW & R.S. Jones, Cambrian Archaeological Projects, 29 May 2015]

Note that there is - unbeknown to me at the time of my visit - another cairn surmounting the western summit of Esgair Gorlan at SN7241082620. Another time, perhaps?
24th December 2023ce
Edited 24th December 2023ce


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Esgair Gorlan, Western Pumlumon

Nothing upon the map... so making it up as I went along
25th November 2023ce