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The Fish Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir)

No need for guerilla tactics here. Permission can be obtained from the Glan Usk estate offices, just the other side of the river. Then it's just a short walk along the river bank. Well worth the effort.

Ty Illtyd (Chambered Tomb)

Visited 1st August. I was lucky enough to arrive at the farm in time to catch a very nice lady in the yard. Permission was readily granted to visit before I had chance to ask ( yes, she knew why I was there before I said anything)
I took lots of pictures but Postie has it mostly already covered. Just some faintish ones of the carvings to share. They are generally quite small, being a couple of inches long at most, and some are difficult to make out. There are quite a few but faint, easily lost in the natural lumps and bumps of the stone.
A Panoramic view of the Brecon Beacons. I will be back to this one.

Banc y Celyn (Stone Circle)

The circle can be reached by taking the West bound lane off the A470 Builth Wells road,opposite the bridge that goes to Erwood and Painscastle. This lane will take you up to the top of the hill where you take a right turn onto the moors,through a farmyard ,and on for another mile or so,where there are plenty of parking spots as you will be very much alone here. A GPS would be useful as the circle is a small one with few stones left,and not too obvious until you're right on top of it. The going is very gentle,only a 20 minute walk from the road over grassy moorland.
One of the stones has shattered with the frost,as has most of the others. This has left small pieces of stone scattered around. I held one for a while and it made me sick, only eased by replacing it.The cure was instant. These souvenirs bite,they don't want a new home.
Great views from here though, the whole of the Brecon Beacons can be seen to the South. So take some photo's,they're ok, but anything else will cost you.I've never had a headache like it,and i wouldn't wish it on anyone else. You have been warned.

Cefn Wylfre (Stone Circle)

The site is very overgrown now,hardly recogniseable .I didn't realise I had found it at first,the large boulder giving it away,the heather hiding all the other stones. The mound can be made out only because of it's surrounding ditch causing a gap in the undergrowth.
A bit of a trek to get here up very steep slopes,and not easy to find without a GPS. It's about 100 meters from a track and a small pond,but invisible from more than about 50 meters away.
Good views though.
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