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Carn Wen, Llanwrthwl (Round Cairn) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Garth (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Ffynnon Mary (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Blaen Ganolwyn Fach (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Images

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Llethr Waun-lwyd (Cairn(s)) — Images

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Carn Fawr, Craig Twrch (Cynwyl Gaeo) (Round Cairn) — Links

Carn Fawr, Craig Twrch


'Big Cairn'.... hey, say what you see, right?

Carn Fawr, Craig Twrch (Cynwyl Gaeo) (Round Cairn) — Miscellaneous

This 'Big Cairn' - 'massive' would perhaps be the more apt adjective - stands upon the eastern aspect of Craig Twrch, an extended rocky ridge located a few miles to the east of Lampeter. Difficult to approach due to extensive bog, The Citizen Cairn thought the monument to be of somewhat unusual construction... and, for once, it would seem the professional archaeologists concur:

"Said to be 18m in diameter, this appears to be a square, drystone revetted cairn, with rounded angles surmounted by a recent, loosely built shelter. The Cairn proper stands 2.2m high. (J.Wiles 03.04.02)"

As for the state of the visitor, the withering stare of a passing fox suggested pity for the creature far less adapted to the hostile environment. Hey, tell me about it, Reynard, my friend.

A must-visit for those who appreciate the more, er... obscure areas of these Isles. And, while not necessarily adept at walking upon water, are at least resigned to wading through it. Webbed feet advantageous.

Cryn Fryn (Round Cairn) — Miscellaneous

Well, what do you know? After some 30 years traipsing around The Cwmdeuddwr Hills, it comes as a pleasant if not considerable surprise to (finally) stumble across this beauty of a site on my 'whatever list', tucked away beside Cryn Fryn farm overlooking a particularly sinuous course of the River Wye.... or at least it would if not for the copious foliage around about these parts.

Located a little over a mile to the approx south of Llanwrthwl, a public footpath-cum farm track accesses the environs from the minor 'dead-end' road, where it is currently possible to park a car nearby without any undue fuss. The cairn, in my opinion, is worth such an extended wait, featuring not only significant remnants of a kerb, but a well-preserved cist with capstone deposited beside into the bargain.

Coflein has this to say:

"A cairn, 12m in diameter and 0.5m high, having a central cist, was one of a pair of similar monuments, the other... at SN97646226, having been destroyed between 1971 and 1978. [RCAHMW AP965027/52 - J.Wiles 23.04.02]"

Yes indeed, there were once two of these beauties. How sad that the 'rebel' luvvie protesters so prevalent these days were not around back then to lay down in front of the bulldozers? Then again, just where IS Wales, darling?

Briddel Felen Standing Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Miscellaneous

Not marked upon current OS mapping, it took me c30 years to suss there is a large standing stone here... but there you are. Then, when I did finally visit last year... it was during a torrential downpour. Anyway, Coflein reckons:

"Large standing stone, approx 2m high x 1.75m wide x 0.40m thick. Mudstone. Orientated E-W. Located near trackway and at edge of peat-cutting area (RSJ 2000)"

Visitors should also check out the 'possible' chambered tomb at SN93256957 and, better still, continue up the track to visit the monuments upon Banc Trehesglog... or even Crugyn Gwyddel?

Briddel Felen Standing Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Cryn Fryn (Round Cairn) — Images

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Carn Wen (Cynwyl Gaeo) (Round Cairn) — Images

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Hi, I'm Robert ... with a passion for attempting to understand the lives of the pioneering prehistoric inhabitants of these British Isles, seeking out the remains they left behind in order to ask myself "why here ... why did it matter so... why such commitment?". Needless to say I'm still pondering such intangibles. Just as an empty house appears to retain echoes of past humanity... so does the stone circle, the chambered cairn, the long barrow and the mountain top funerary cairn. Visiting them, I think, helps engender a certain 'connection' with this land of ours, with ourselves - our past, our present and our future; a reference point for those of us perhaps struggling to make sense of this so-called 'computer world' Kraftwerk warned us was a'coming in 1981.... danke, mein herren (RIP Florian).

For the record: I make no claims for my contributions. My views are based upon observations made in the field, the inevitable factual errors mine alone. Needless to say, I'm happy to be corrected by the better informed. Should my posts prove inspiration for others to venture into the Great Outdoors, why thank you! I hope you receive as much pleasure as I have. But please bear in mind hills and mountains are unpredictable, potentially dangerous places. Ensure you have the appropriate survival kit and know how to use it (even in high summer). Don't be the one airlifted to safety - or the morgue - because he/she thought it didn't apply to them.

George Orwell - 'The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.'

Martin Gore - 'Like a pawn
On the eternal board
Who’s never quite sure
What he’s moved towards
I walk blindly on'...

Truman Capote - 'Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavour.'

Oscar Wilde - 'The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.'

John Lydon - 'It is a reward to be chastised by the ignorant.'

Winston Churchill - '“The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”

Ultravox - 'Taking shelter by the standing stones
Miles from all that moves....'

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