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Garn Goch (Llangatwg)

Long Barrow

<b>Garn Goch (Llangatwg)</b>Posted by thesweetcheatImage © A. Brookes (1.5.2010)
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  • Carn Goch

Nearest Town:Crickhowell (2km NNE)
OS Ref (GB):   SO212177 / Sheet: 161
Latitude:51° 51' 6.67" N
Longitude:   3° 8' 39.11" W

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I have visited this site a couple of times and it has always been sunny! Lovely views over to the mountains, easy to park right next to the site and Dafydd can play in the park whilst I look at the 'old stones' - a 'win win' situation! Posted by CARL
9th June 2010ce

Visited 1.5.2010. This is a great survivor, although much disturbed the mound is still substantial and the remains of a chamber (at least the capstone) can still be seen. It has views towards Crug Hywel fort and the Black Mountains. One small note of caution: in these times a lone man in a playground with a camera may be viewed in all the wrong way... thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
16th May 2010ce

Hmm.... how can some people be so lucky as to have a bona-fide chambered cairn sitting in their local park? Not to mention one that hasn't been daubed with paint or otherwise vandalised in such a location. Sometimes life can be really unfair........... so much so that the Mam Cymru wants to move to Llangattock immediately. Sod the commute!

The sentiment is understandable, if a little, er, 'impractical'. For in addition to the Norman castle - obligatory for a Welsh borderland town with such a turbulent history - the charming town of Crickhowell, just across the river, already boasts the Gwernvale chamber. Not to mention the bizarrely decapitated hillfort of Crug Hywel acting as terminus for one of the sweeping, elegant 2000ft ridges of the Black Mountains across the valley.

The cairn itself possesses a fine set of old oaks planted around it - a nice touch - and even has a small capstone.......

On second thoughts, where's that piggy bank?
28th September 2009ce

Out on the other side of Crickhowell on the edge of a village recreation ground is Carn Coch burial chamber. There's not much left to see here, but I liked it. A grassy mound with a bit of rubble poking through here and there and a single flat capstone is all that remains. It's been disturbed a bit too, as its outline is not smooth or distinct.

It has as tremendous view of the very unusually shaped Sugar Loaf hill on the other side of the valley.
Jane Posted by Jane
29th December 2005ce
Edited 30th December 2005ce

Visited 20th June 2003: We stopped off at Garn Goch on our way to Bristol, and it turned out to be a bit of a coup because William was convinced we'd stopped so he could try out the playground. It was lunchtime, so we took the opportunity to have something to eat, let Will stretch his legs and investigate Garn Goch.

Next to the site is a small information plaque, that says:
This is a burial mound probably of Neolithic date (about 4000 - 2500 BC) containing a stone chamber with a capstone.
I've seen the site described in a variety of ways, including chambered cairn, chambered long barrow or just cairn. Child and Nash describe it as, "a 'hybrid' Severn-Cotswold tomb, similar to Gwernvale". The remaining mound is almost circular in plan, looking more like a round barrow than a long barrow, but this may be because of damage to the tomb from archaeologists and tree roots over the years.

Although there's less stone to be seen here than at Gwernvale, the tomb feels marginally less defiled. Despite the playground and adjoining football pitch, this is a pleasant spot. How many Neolithic sites of this calibre can boast their own park bench and public toilets?
Kammer Posted by Kammer
1st July 2003ce
Edited 4th August 2003ce