Copyright: Simon Charlesworth. Original available at Megalithic Portal.
|Wales Powys Brecon Beacons SN 86516 15452 Lat 51.82608461 Long -3.64815237|
Plan showing Careg Lwyd 1 stone row (Source GPS survey by Sandy Gerrard).
|Type: Single||Length: 265m|
|No. of stones: 9||Size of stones: Only large|
|Orientation: 16°||Altitude: 478m|
|Upper end: –||Lower end: –|
|Straight (Yes or No) : Yes||Sea View: Yes|
|Notes: Boulder alignment. Site discovered by Simon Charlesworth who kindly showed me around.|
|Public Access: Yes|
|Land Status: National Park|
|Scheduled Ancient Monument: No|
Category: Possible. It is always difficult to establish whether a line of boulders were deliberately placed or are instead the result of glacial or periglacial activity. Generally there must be a presumption in favour of natural origin, but occasionally some detail may hint at the possibility of human intervention. At Careg Lwyd a number of details support the possibility that this line of stones was created by people. The first is the three stone arrangement at the southern end and the second is the fact that the northern stone is prominent on the skyline when viewed from the southern end. Finally, and most convincingly is the evidence that at least one of the stones has been propped into position with trig stones. Together these details strongly suggest that this site was deliberately fashioned, but whether this happened in prehistoric times is less certain. On balance there is a sound possibility of this feature being a form of prehistoric stone row.
View from the southern end of the boulder alignment. The top stone is visible on the skyline. The three stones at the lower end of the row is somewhat reminiscent of the blocking arrangement at some double rows although it is possible that stone 8 has broken off stone 7.
The upper six stones forming the alignment. View from the south.
Looking northward along the boulder alignment.
Stone 6 has been propped with trig stones. This evidence supports the contention that the boulders forming this row were deliberately arranged in a line.
Stones 3 – 6. View from the east (Scale 1m).
The top stone. View from the north (Scale 1m).
The stone at SN 86499 15387 is not visible from the lower end of the row and whilst its position may be entirely fortuitous it is on the alignment formed by the other stones. View from north (Scale 1m).
The “Second Stone” has frost shattered since it was placed in this position. View from west (Scale 1m).
Views to the north from the southern end of the row are restricted by rising ground until the upper northern end of the row is reached. Whether this is simply a bi-product of the stone being on the skyline when viewed from the bottom of the row or special in itself we cannot know, but given the care shown at many places to position the row to maximise on visual links it is more likely to have been deliberate.
The top stone viewed from the south. As you approach the top stone, the hills beyond are suddenly revealed (Scale 1m).
The top of the row is positioned to provide the same view of the sea and Hartland Point as Careg Lwyd 1. Indeed to within a few metres both are on the same alignment to Hartland Point and this suggests deliberation. Careg Lwyd 1 shares another characteristic with both Careg Lwyd 2 and Bancbryn. All three rows were built across the line of visibility to Hartland Point. At Careg Lwyd 1 the southern and northern lengths have views of Hartland Point, but the central length does not. A body of evidence exists to suggest that Hartland Point was of significance to the people living on the northern side of the Bristol Channel and that it was incoporated in some way into their ritual.
Enhanced image from Google Earth showing the view towards Hartland Point from the northern end of the row.
Car parking is available at SN 85567 15530. From here walk north east along the waymarked path to SN 86267 15799. Head south east up the hill for about 400m. You will need a map and or GPS device and stout footwear. The terrain is particularly tough and care needs to be taken. This site is best visited at the same time as Careg Lwyd 2.