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Cerrig y Gof (Burial Chamber) — Miscellaneous

It has been suggested, in 'Neolithic Sites of Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire' (Logaston Press), that four of the five chambered tombs here are sited facing local landmarks - Carningli, Dinas Head, Mynydd Dinas and Mynydd Melyn. A check of the OS Map show that to be true - treaclechops notes the tomb facing Dinas Head. So where does the fifth (north) chamber point to?

Looks like down a deeply incised valley towards the sea. Perhaps all this is represents a spiritual/energetic connection for those souls buried there.

Dyffryn Stones (Ring Cairn) — Fieldnotes

Definitely a stone circle, very different from two other stone cricles, Gors Fwar and Bedd Arthur, in Pembrokeshire. Is it a much later date? A cairn (as marked on the OS Map) inside the circle suggest this. Looking a the large stones it is difficult to believe they were once supporting walls.

There is another unusual stone, in addition to the 'chair' and 'ribbed' stones. That is a diamond shaped one.

A beautiful, peaceful site.

St Elvis (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Miscellaneous

Apropos the joke about Elvis Preseli that Moss makes, it is interesting to note that Elvis's parents were named Vernon and Gladys - both old Welsh names!

Local actor and author, Dave Ainsworth, recently wrote and performed (at the Pembroke Festival) a funny monologue entitled 'Was Elvis a Welsh Saint?'

Also apropos Moss' comments about the three cromlechs in the Nine Wells area, of which St Elvis's is one, they are near the farm called 'Llandruidion' which is a place name that crops up near several west Wales monuments eg near Rhos y Clegryn.

Garn Turne (Burial Chamber) — Folklore

Amongst the outcrops and close to the hedge, behind the cromlech, there are a number of other large stones which may have formed part of a larger monument.

Also in a hedge at the roadside a couple of hundred metres from the entrance to Garn Turne is the Cantref Stone, marking the place where three 'hundreds' met; those of Dewisland, Cemais and Daugleddau.

According to an entry in 'Saints and Stones' (Gomer Press), "relics of St David....were brought here on 1 March each year and that the bishop and the Lords of Cemais and Daugleddau met at this point to decide questions of mutual jurisdiction".

You can certainly see all three 'hundreds" from Garn Turne itself, attesting perhaps too, not only its great importance as a site, but also to the longevity of traditions.

The Hanging Stone (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Fieldnotes

I was interested to read the comments about the great new house built next to the cromlech, altering its energetic field. Someone has removed the sign at the end of the lane advertising the cromlech's location.

Anyway this is truly a magical site. There are more stones to the east, carelessly thrown into an hedge, probably formerly part of a double dolmen. That this was an important place and was still alive from Neolithic times to at least the Celtic era is recognised by local place names. For example, the cromlech is sited near the meeting point of two lanes - named Thurston and Oxland. It is also situated in the hamlet of Hill Mountain, a curious name. Until one realises the cromlech is just east of a part hidden natural mound (from which its stones might have come) that when ascended affords uninterrupted panoramic views (as estate agents would have it) of the whole of Pembrokeshire. Not only south towards St Daniels, Lundy Island and St Govans etc but also now to the north and the great mysterious diaspora of the Preseli Hills. Truly an impressive location. Great swathes of peaceful energy radiate.
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