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Arrow Stone II Near Ffridd Newydd (Carving) — Fieldnotes

I could find nothing at this location although both Coflein and the Gwynedd Archaeological Trust list an arrow stone at SH 6937 7228.

I also couldn't find the stone from the Roman period which the GAT list at SH 6936 7231 and which Coflein describes as: "Incised stone at the head of Alan Glan Sais near the Roman road. The surface of a flat rock 3ft 8ins by 2ft 5ins bears a design consisting of three concentric squares, the centre of each of the four sides of this design being cut and measures about 9ins square."

Arrow Stone I Near Ffridd Newydd (Carving) — Fieldnotes

This stone lies 10 paces west of the path junction or perhaps more obviously, 30 paces NW of the NW leg of the pylon. The incisions are up to 20 cm long and 2 cm deep.

Coflein describes it as "an arrow stone on the west side of the track near ffridd newydd. It is a natural boulder measuring 2m by 1m and on the upper surface of the stone are groups of parallel cuts from 10-18cm long."

Foel Dduarth Arrow Stone (Carving) — Fieldnotes

The stone is 20 paces north of the track roughly half-way between the corner of the wall to the west and the start of the rectangular enclosure to the east. GPS reading SH 6801 7207. It lies low to the ground and is 2.75m long N-S and up to 1.0 m wide E-W.

There are a group of markings on the SE side of the stone, including a wigwam shape. The incisions are up to 12 cm long, 2.5 mm wide and 2 mm deep. This area of the stone looks as though it could have been smoothed and there are 4 or 5 little holes that look a bit like punch marks. The initials R.R.P. are directly above the wigwam shape. There could also be other incisions on the other side of the stone but they are less clear.

The incisions in the main area are shallower but clearer than those on other so-called arrow stones in the area. The Gwynedd Archaological Trust class it as a medieval inscribed stone and I suspect that it is not older than that. The RCAHW Caernarvonshire inventory from 1956 describe it as "an earthfast stone about 8ft by 3ft with a small group of grooves on its upper surface" and both sources give the grid ref as SH 6800 7206. My GPS reading is a bit different from that but the description matches and so I think I've got the same stone.

Arrow Stone I Near Ffridd Newydd (Carving) — Links

Megalithic Portal

Photo from a different angle

Afon Anafon Arrow Stone (Carving) — Links

British Rock Art Collection

Some good photos

Yr Orsedd (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Arrow Stone I Near Ffridd Newydd (Carving) — Images

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Rhyd-y-Gethin (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Yr Aran (Standing Stones) — Images

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Cwm Tywyll (Ring Cairn) — Images

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Cwm Tywyll (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Penagored (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Afon Anafon Arrow Stone (Carving) — Images

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Arrow Stone SW of Cammarnaint (Carving) — Images

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Arrow Stone I Near Ffridd Newydd (Carving) — Images

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Foel Dduarth Arrow Stone (Carving) — Images

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Eyam Moor — Fieldnotes

Here is a route covering all the sites listed for Eyam Moor. It is just over 5 Km and earlier this week took me just under 2 hours in good weather. It could take substantially longer in poor visibility, especially without the use of a GPS to locate Wet Withens, and of course when you spend time looking at things!

Starting at the bend in Sir William Hill Road at SK 224780, take the path running NE. It runs alonside a wall for 500 m and then after the wall turns off to the E, the path continues NE across the moor. In another 500 m you will see down below you to your right a right-angled corner in the wall 200 m away. Head straight down through the heather to Eyam Moor III stone circle (SK 2320 7881) which is just to the NW of the corner and can be seen as a green bilberry mound.

Next head N to the end of the delapidated wall and follow it for about 100 m until you reach 2 gate posts through which runs the footpath down to Leam. To find Eyam Moor II stone circle (SK 2316 7897) go 30 m SW along the footpath back towards your starting point to a large rock in the middle of the path. There is now a raised circular bank of about 10 m diameter immediately to the left of the path which marks the site of the circle.

To get to Wet Withens (SK 2254 7900), return to the gate posts and follow a compass bearing due W through the heather for 650 m. Locating it in the heather can be extremely difficult. The most noticeable features to look out for are the pile of rocks in Eyam Moor Barrow 30 m N of the circle and the tallest stone at the NE of the circle (lots of photos on the site).

Navigation but not the going underfoot now gets easier. Head SW towards the mast near the top of Sir William Hill that hopefully will be clearly visible. Knee high heather is intermixed with waist deep bracken but after about 800 m you come to a wall running across the moor. Climb over the barbed wire in a gap in the wall and follow the path to the NW on the other side. In about 500 m the tops of the trees in Gotherage Plantation can just be seen to your left and 2 tall stones looking like gateposts appear in the wall. Now head W along a gap in the heather for about 100 m and find the Stanage Cup-Marked Stone (SK 2152 7870). The Stanage (Ring) Cairn with another cup-marked stone is clearly visible 40 m to the S (SK 21540 78663).

A footpath can be found about 10 m to the W. Follow it S to Sir William Hill Road and then go E to return to your starting point. Be prepared to get back with very wet legs if it has been raining but look forward to lots of bilberries if you get the season right - they wre still plenty this week!

Moel Goedog Stone 3 (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

The Gwynedd Archaeological Trust replied to me today but could find no reference to this stone in their fieldnotes. They will add it to their database to check at a later date.

Moel Goedog East (Ring Cairn) — Images

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Harlech Standing Stones — Fieldnotes

There are 8 stones in all scattered over a distance of 1.5 Km, lying on either side of Fonlief Hir, a prehistoric trackway that runs up to the ring cairns on the slopes of Moel Goedog.

5 stones, scheduled as ancient monuments, appear on Coflein. From SW to NE these are listed as Fonlief Hir Stone B (Carreg), Stone A (Moel-y-Sensigl), Stone E (Fonlief Hir), Stone C and Stone D. Continuing NE are 2 more stones listed by the Gwynedd Archaeoligical Trust as Moel Goedog Stones 2 and 1. To the east of Stone 2 is a further stone which I have called Moel Goedog Stone 3.

All 8 stones appear on the Megalithic Portal. Fonlief Hir Stones A-E are called Moel Goedog 7,8,1,2 and 6 and Moel Goedog Stones 1-3 are called Moel Goedog 5,3 and 4. The stone listed as Moel Goedog, Merthyr Farm seems to be a duplicate of the stone called Moel Goedog 1, some of the information posted on the latter being incorrect. I will try to contact the author to get it corrected.

Harlech Standing Stones — Images

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Moel Goedog East (Ring Cairn) — Fieldnotes

The cairn lies to the E of the track and is not visible from Moel Goedog West. The ring is ca 6m wide and contains ca 15 stones, most of which are short and fat.

Moel Goedog West (Ring Cairn) — Fieldnotes

The cairn lies to the W of the track. There is a wonderful panorama across Tremadog Bay. The ring is ca 6m wide with ca 11 upright and 7 fallen stones. The tallest stone at the WNW is 0.85m high, 0.7m wide and 0.15m deep.

Moel Goedog East cannot be seen from the cairn.

Moel Goedog Stone 1 (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

It lies immediately to the SE of the track through a derelict fence. 1.1m high, 0.77m wide and 0.55m deep with consistent cross-section. GPS position SH 60938 32288.

Moel Goedog Stone 2 (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

The stone is immediately to the NW of the track. It is 1.3m high, 1.0m wide and 0.8m deep with consistent cross-section. GPS position SH 60857 32191.

Moel Goedog Stone 3 (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

The stone lies SE of the track and the fence and about 60m from Moel Goedog stone 2. It is 1.0m high, 1.0m wide and 0.77m deep and tapers to the top. GPS position SH 60858 32176

It is not listed on CARN under the Gwynedd Archaeological Trust records. I will try to contact them to find out why not.

Fonlief Hir Stone D (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

It stands just to the NW of the track leading to Moel Goedog.

Coflein description: "Standing stone 0.9m high by 0.6m by 0.5m at the base. It is situated between two tracks, near the junction."

Fonlief Hir Stone C (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

It stands to the W of the road, just S of where the track braches off to Moel Goedog.

Coflein description: "Standing stone 1m high by 0.5m by 0.18m, leaning slightly to the W."

Fonlief Hir (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

It lies to the SE of the road just N of the entrance to Merthyr Farm.

Coflein description (Fonlief Hir stone E): 'Standing stone about 0.8m high. It measures 0.34 by 0.3m at the base, but is wedge-shaped in profile. there is a raised stony area around the base of the stone, spreading out for some 2m on the W and E and 1m on the N and S."

Moel-y-Sensigl (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

It lies to the NW of the road just N of the cattle-grid and the fence running off to the NW.

Coflein description: "Standing stone 2.2m high, 0.9m wide and 0.4m thick at the base. An earthfast stone is visible on the W side."

Carreg (Llanfair) (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

It lies to the SE of the road 100m S of the road junction.

Coflein description: "Standing stone 1.8m high by 0.6m by 0.3m at the base.Erosion round the base has exposed a number of stones, although none of them obviously used as packing stones."

Gwastadgoed (Standing Stones) — Fieldnotes

I drove from Llwyngwril up to the end of the tarmacced road at SH598101. It was then a 15 minute walk NE up the track and S along the footpath to the stones.

The location is superb. The stones are on a flat area of land on the side of the hillside with a magnificant of the whole of the Lleyn peninsula across Cardigan Bay. Both stones seem to be looking NW virtually directly at the shapely peak of Carn Fadryn on the Lleyn. Would the sun set directly into it at the summer solstice? Unfortunately, I was there 2 weeks too early to find out!

The S stone is 1.65m high, 1.3m wide and 0.65m deep with an approximately triangular cross-section, the long flat side being at the NW.

The N stone lies about 8m away to the NNE. It is 1.17m high, 1.02m wide and 0.56m deep with an approximayely semi-circular cross-section, the long flat side being at the SE.

Cerrig y Cledd (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

Drove up to the end of the tarmacced lane at SH641192 and then had a 15 minute walk N along the track at the edge of the forest, NW along a footpath through the forest and then S and E along forest tracks.

The stone 1.4m high, 0.46 m wide and 0.35m deep stands at the S side of the track. It is really well disguised amongst the trees around it and at first glance looks just like a tree stump with its covering of moss and vertical bands of grey and brown looking like bark.

I tried unsuccessfully to find the glacial erratic with the supposed sword imprint listed as Cerrig y Cledd (North) in the Megalithic Portal. I could see no sign of it in the relatively thin forest up to 100m north of the stone but did not venture into the denser forest further north.

Moel Goedog West (Ring Cairn) — Images

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Moel Goedog Stone 1 (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Moel Goedog Stone 2 (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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