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Cromlech de Lacam de Rogues 1 (Cromlech (France and Brittany))

Access: Nightmare to find anything on this plain which seems to be covered with sites at various sites of wreckedness. Just across the dirt road from Ciste de Lacam. Luckily this one is fairly near the main track - still difficult to spot!

Visited Saturday 8 September 2007
I knew this was ruined, but all I found was just a few likely looking stones in a vague line. They were the most likely candidates I saw, but absolutely no guarantees that these are the remains of the monument!

Ciste de Lacam (Cairn(s))

Approximate coordinates only

Access: Nightmare to find anything on this plain which seems to be covered with sites at various sites of wreckedness. Dirt road, so you'll probably need to not care too much about your car, especially if you want to leave the 'main' track!

Luckily this one is very near said main track - still difficult to spot! It's also surprisingly easy to lose your sense of direction & mine's usually pretty good.

Visited Saturday 8 September 2007
Not exactly spectacular, but traces of a little cairn with a very nice cist left in the middle. This was to be one of the few things I'd find out here in the barren wilderness!

Dolmen de l'Olivier (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech)

Approximate coordinates only

Access: Not easy, unless you're at least reasonably fit. Close-ish to Dolmen de la Claie-de-Driolle 4 & 6 a good few hundred metres along the same path. (You will also pass various less definite but suspicious bits of possible wrecked sites.)

Visited Monday 3 September 2007
I've taken the name of this monument from http://www.t4t35.fr

In Dolmens et Menhirs en Languedoc et Roussillon Bruno Marc refers to 'le grand dolmen de l'Olivier', which from http://www.t4t35.fr seems to be a little further along the same path, but I must have stopped just short of it before giving up for the day & turning back. (Gah!)

Bare remains of the chamber uprights & cairn only here, possibly with a fallen capstone at the front of the chamber according to some sources. As far as I can tell, Le Grand Dolmen de l'Olivier which I didn't find seems to be similar, but larger and with more of its cairn. It also has an additional small (later?) cist in what remains of its chamber.

Dolmen de la Claie-de-Driolle 4 (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech)

Approximate coordinates only. Also, there seems to be confusion in my sources on the numbering of the Claie-de-Driolle tombs. This seems to be 4 in Bruno Marc's books, but I've seen it referred to as 5 elsewhere. (Incidentally, there seem to be gaps in the numbering sequence everywhere I've looked!)

Access: Not easy, unless you're at least reasonably fit. Very close to Dolmen de la Claie-de-Driolle 3 along the same path.

Visited Monday 3 September 2007
Right next to Dolmen de la Claie-de-Driolle 6 (depending whose numbering you use!) The 2 sites together are gorgeous, though of the 2 this is slightly the 'poor relation'!

Dolmen de la Claie-de-Driolle 6 (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech)

Approximate coordinates only. Also, there seems to be confusion in my sources on the numbering of the Claie-de-Driolle tombs. This seems to be 6 in Bruno Marc's books, but I've seen it referred to as 4 elsewhere. (Incidentally, there seem to be gaps in the numbering sequence everywhere I've looked!)

Access: Not easy, unless you're at least reasonably fit. Very close to Dolmen de la Claie-de-Driolle 3 along the same path.

Visited Monday 3 September 2007
Right next to Dolmen de la Claie-de-Driolle 4 (depending whose numbering you use!) The 2 sites together are gorgeous. Similar to the other main monuments on this walk, but then again they're (mostly) little beauties!

Dolmen de la Claie-de-Driolle 3 (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech)

Approximate coordinates only

Access: Not easy, unless you're at least reasonably fit. Very close to Dolmen de la Claie-de-Driolle 2 along the same path.

Visited Monday 3 September 2007
My favourite of the monuments we saw on this walk. Another beautiful dolmen in its cairn but with noteably more open views.

Le grand dolmen de la Bergerie-de-Panissiere (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech)

Approximate coordinates only

Access: Not easy, unless you're at least reasonably fit. Maybe 1km or slightly more from the nearest parking place which is impossible to describe but to the SW! The path starts off quite steep as a wide-ish gravel track, which becomes a track through the woods. It continues to have steep bits & also slightly rocky bits. May also be muddy in wet weather.

Visited Monday 3 September 2007
Beautiful! Seemingly fairly complete but restored in its rocky cairn. Well worth the walk (which I enjoyed - but I like walking!)

Dolmen de la Claie-de-Driolle 2 (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech)

Approximate coordinates only

Access: Not easy, unless you're at least reasonably fit. Maybe 500m from Dolmen de la Bergerie-de-Panissière along the same path, which has steep bits & slightly rocky bits. May also be muddy in wet weather.

Visited Monday 3 September 2007
I liked this a lot. The pictures say it all really. Beautiful dolmen in its (perhaps somewhat denuded) cairn.

La Pierre Bamboche (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Access: Right by the roadside with a little area for parking.

Visted Monday 3 September 2007
A nice menhir with good views to the north. There is a destroyed menhir nearby on the road (though we didn't spot it, and another nearby in the woods that we didn't look for.

Bronzo (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Access: Easy, as it's right on the street, but not sure how accurate coordinates are.

Visted Saturday 16 April 2005
An obscure wonder! Another 'menhir brise', thought possibly to have originally been part of the same alignment as the nearby Grand Menhir Brise (GMB) and pehaps the grand menhir(s) that form the capstones of Mane Rutuel & Er-Grah.

Very respectable size though not even vaguely near the GMB's truly awesome magnitude.

Two pieces, the 'top' part has a bolt mounted in its bottom, broken side. Allegedly there were at some point plans to reassemble the 2 parts, but I somehow doubt whether it's to do with that (or whether it'll ever get done now, for that matter!)

'Pres de Treal' (Allee-Couverte)

Access: On verge of farm road just south of Treal passage grave.

Visited Thursday 14 April 2005
What looks suspiciously like a very trashed passage grave. If not, one stone certainly looks like a menhir!

Could of course be field clearance, but surely not the menhir-like stone at least. Couldn't find any trace in books or on a quick web search.

'Treal menhir' (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Access: In garden of house by start of path through woods to the passage grave.

Visited Thursday 14 April 2005
A nice menhir that you can't miss if visiting the passage grave. I've not seen it in any of my research, but it 'looks' genuine!

'Pres de la Four Sarrazin' (Burial Chamber)

Approximate coordinates only - it was well over years ago! I also can't find a name for it, so made one up for now.

Access: Pretty easy, though a fair walk from the main St Just complex parking place.

Visited Thursday 14 April 2005
Happened across this one & can't find anything about it online or in books I have. It was a short distance from the right (north) of the path between Le Tribunal & La Four Sarrazin.

Fairly unspectacular (especially for St Just!) burial of some sort....

Gorsedd (Rocky Outcrop)

Access: Up quite a steep slope within the heathland of the St Just complex, which is generally reasonably flat.

Visited Thursday 14 April 2005
Great place to get overview of a lot of the complex, preferably with binoculars &/or big lens.

La Tossen ar Run (Tumulus (France and Brittany))

Access: Right by main road D7, which is how we happened across it. It's quite steep if you want to climb it - we didn't (may be private land). I don't think there were any fences at the time we were there.

Visited Wednesday 13 April 2005
'Just' a tumulus that we spotted as we headed home with no prior knowledge that existed. As far as I can tell, there's nothing to see except the mound (& the silly cross, obviously!)

Ile Milliau (Allee-Couverte)

Note that the island this (beautiful, from photos) allee couverte is on only displays correctly on Googlemaps when viewed as 'satellite' or 'hybrid'.

Thursday 12 November 2009: Just discovered this allee couverte on a couple of websites. Seems to be actually on an island & have been unable to find out how easy it is to get to (so far...!)

http://www.camping-esperance.com/IMG/jpg/milliau_site.jpg

Maybe on our next trip....

Allee couverte de la Couete (Allee-Couverte)

Access: Easy once you've navigated the maze of lanes in this area &/or the roundabouts coming out of Ploufragan. Right next to the road & there is room to stop.

Visited Wednesday 7 October 2009
Beautiful! We found it as much by luck as judgement as a result of our only map being a road atlas. It's probably simple to reach from Ploufragan directly with a decent map, but we went spectacularly 'round the houses' (and industrial estates, shopping outlets, motorways, villages, suburbs....)

Coming straight from Ploufragan, you'd also pass Le Menhir du Sabot on a roundabout (not thrilling), another possible menhir (small) by the roundabout just before this site.

I found La Couëte & Grand Argantel particularly reminiscent of some of the hunebedden in the Netherlands.

Le Lit de Margot (Natural Rock Feature)

Access: Looks easy but I'd guess it's on private land & is so close to the farm buildings that I suspect asking first would be a good idea.

'Visited' Wednesday 7 October 2009: Saw this as we drove past but didn't stop as time was extremely tight on our last day.

Seems to be a rather curiously-shaped large natural rock with a few possible orthostats 'behind' it. From photos, it looks more like Margot's sunlounger than her bed....

Petit Argentel (Allee-Couverte)

Access: Unknown, as we did not find it. We had no real instructions on how to find it, but had we looked carefully at http://megalithes-breton.fr we probably wouldn't have had any problems....

I'm sorry, I can't find any way of linking directly to a site page on http://megalithes-breton.fr I can only sy look under Cotes d'Armor on the horizontal menu, then under Ploufragan.

Le Sabot de Margot (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Access: Easy to see as you round the roundabout! Traffic may be a problem for stopping or actually reaching the stone....

'Visited' Wednesday 7 October 2009
This is a small menhir (presumably) re-erected actually on the roundabout. It was difficult to stop & rather underwhelming despite having been split by lightning, so we didn't get any photos.

There seemed to be another small menhir on the outside of the road around the roundabout, roughly to the east, but I can find no provenance for it.
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MORE THAN YOU COULD EVER WANT TO KNOW ABOUT MOTH

How?
Though I'd been interested in both for a long while, I finally got into stones & Cope relatively late in life and at around the same time (mid 90s). I guess my girlfriend at the time has to take the blame. She bought me 'Peggy Suicide' and she used to get those nice megalithic postcards from Mr Julian.

Why?
At first, looking at stones seemed just like a good excuse for stomping around in beautiful countryside. Little did I know how much more it would become. And that they're not always in beautiful countryside....

Where?
At the time I was living in Tufnell Park in London so started off with a lot of southern stones 'n' bumps, particularly on holidays to Devon, the Lands End peninsula and the west country in general. Since then holidays have become increasingly megalithacentric!

A couple of years later I moved back to Leeds where I lived for much of my adult life (I'm originally from Kent) prompting numerous visits to stones 'n' bumps in places like Derbyshire, Cumbria, N Wales and of course Yorkshire. I now live near Oxford (see 'Life?').

Strangely enough however, my most visited and probably favourite 'stony areas' are Aberdeenshire and Perthshire, though I've been to quite a few all over Scotland. This is again thanks to a (different) ex-girlfriend who comes from Montrose and is the mother of my glorious son Callan, who at the time of writing is 8 years old.

As you may have guessed, Callan is named after Callanish - at the time of his birth this was a long intended but unmade pilgrimage for me. But more of that in my debut weblog!

('Calan' from 'Calanais' just didn't seem to work. And for the older ones here, no, his name has nothing to do with Edward Woodward!)

Life?
Currently living just to the north-west of Oxford with the gorgeous Jane (we got married in October 2004) and Seafer (Jane's dangerous 'n' stripey cat).

I travel up to Leeds every few weeks to spend time with Callan.

I'm an editor, but am currently working as a civil servant. Boo!

Fun?
In a varying order
Travel
Stones, vigorous country walking (and the countryside, obviously)
Various music, especially heavy rock and funk
Real ale & real ale pubs
Single malts
Bourbon (of the whisky persuasion - not the biccies)
Red wine
Cheese
Roast tatties and chips (not usually together)
Chocolate
Most other food that never had a face
Wildlife
F1 racing (weird one, that)
Talking bollocks
Sarcasm
Laughing
Having a good moan

Vital statistics?
Height 5'8"
Chest N/K (large t-shirt size)
Waist 30"
Inside leg 32"
Aged 46 but fighting
Hair Long brown

- Moth
updated 10 November 2009

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