Rhos y Beddau

Stones forming part of the row. View from north (Scale 1m).

A double stone row measuring 50m long, including at least 36 mainly small-sized stones together with some medium-sized stones situated on a natural terrace with restricted views that include a glimpse of distant Wenlock Edge. The row is orientated west to east and leads downslope from a stone circle at the western end.  There is a kerbed cairn a short distance to the east.

Location

Wales Powys Mid Wales SJ 05795 30205
Lat 52.86103018   Long -3.40070394

Map showing the location of Rhos y Beddau stone row.

Plan of Rhos y Beddau stone row (Source: survey by Sandy Gerrard at 1:500). Stones forming part of the double row are shown black whilst those of the adjacent circle are depicted red.

Characteristics

Type: Double Length: 50m
No. of stones: 36 Size of stones: Small and medium
Orientation: 80° Altitude: 490m
Upper end: Stone circle Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: No
Context:  Cairn
Notes: This row is similar in form and character to the Dartmoor double rows.

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status:
Scheduled Ancient Monument: MG032

Identification

Category: Plausible. A prehistoric stone row interpretation is consistent with the available evidence.


Typology

This stone row is of Type D10. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


Photographs

View from east highlighting the position of the row in the landscape.

Copyright: Christopher Bickerton. Original available at Megalithic Portal.

Row leading towards the stone circle. View from east (Scale 1m).

Length of row approaching the stone circle. View from east (Scale 1m).

Five stones forming part of the southern row. View from north west (Scale 1m).

Length of the southern row. View from west (Scale 1m).

Three of the larger stones forming part of the southern row. View from north (Scale 1m).

Some of the stones are hiding in bracken (scale 1m).

Northern row in the foreground and southern row beyond. 

Southern row in foreground with the V-shaped valley above Pistyll Rhaedr beyond.  This distinctive landform creates a “land triangle” providing limited but focused views of the distant Wenlock Edge.

The eastern end of the row. View from the north.

Looking west along the row. The ranging rod denotes the position of the western stone in the southern row. The stones beyond form part of the stone circle (Scale 1m).

The southern row approaching the stone circle. The ranging rod denotes the position of the western stone in the southern row. View from above and east (Scale 1m).

Part of the southern row. View from above and north west (Scale 1m).

Both rows. View from above and north west (Scale 1m).

View from above and east looking along the row from the eastern end towards the south circle (Scale 1m).

Looking east along the row with stone circle in the foreground.

Nearby cairn at SJ 05871 30228. View from above and south west (Scale 1m).

Individual Stones

Plan showing the position of the individual stones. 

Southern Row

Stone 1 stands 0.32m high. View from north (Scale 1m).

Stone 2 stands 0.19m high. Stone 3 is on the left. View from north.

Stone 3 stands 0.33m high. Stone 2 is on the right. View from north (Scale 1m).

Stone 4 stands 0.19m high. Stone 5 is on the left. View from north (Scale 1m).

Stone 5 stands 0.22m high. Stone 6 is on the left and Stone 4 on the right. View from north (Scale 1m).

Stone 6 stands 0.17m high. Stone 5 is on the right. View from north east (Scale 1m).

Stone 7 stands 0.36m high. View from north (Scale 1m).

Stone 8 stands 0.32m high. Stone 10 is on the left. View from north (Scale 1m).

Stone 10 is the largest in the row and stands 0.59m high. Stone 11 is on the left. View from north (Scale 1m).

Stone 11 stands 0.25m high. Stones 8 and 10 are visible beyond. View from east (Scale 1m).

Stone 12 stands 0.09m high. Stones 10 and 11 are visible beyond. View from east (Scale 1m).

Stone 13 stands 0.20m high. View from west (Scale 1m).

Stone 14 on the left stands 0.31m high and Stone 15 is 0.44m high. View from south east (Scale 1m).

Stone 16 barely protrudes through the surface. View from north (Scale 1m).

Stone 17 stands 0.16m high. View from north (Scale 1m).

Stone 18 stands 0.22m high. View from north west (Scale 1m).

Stone 19 stands 0.17m high. View from north (Scale 1m).

Stone 20 on the right stands 0.27m high and Stone 21 is 0.56m tall. View from north (Scale 1m).

Stone 22 on the right stands 0.18m high and Stone 23 is 0.30m tall. View from north east (Scale 1m).

Stone 24 to the left of the ranging rod stands 0.13m high. View from north (Scale 1m).

Northern Row

Stone 26 on the right stands 0.15m high and Stone 27 is 0.19m tall. View from south (Scale 1m).

Stone 28 stands 0.10m high. View from east (Scale 1m).

Stone 29 stands 0.08m high. Stone 5 is on the left. View from south east (Scale 1m).

Stone 30 barely protrudes above the ground surface. View from south east (Scale 1m).

Stone 31 stands 0.24m high. View from south east (Scale 1m).

Stone 32 stands 0.14m high. View from west (Scale 1m).

Stone 33 stands 0.26m high. Stone 5 is on the left. View from east (Scale 1m).

Stone 34 stands 0.13m high. Stone 10 is visble behind. View from north (Scale 1m).

Stone 35 stands 0.22m high. Stone 7, 8 and 10 are visible behind. View from north (Scale 1m).

Stone 36 stands 0.21m high. Stones 7, 8 and 10 are visible behind. View from north west (Scale 1m).

Access Information

Car parking is available at SJ 07616 29378 or more secure paid for parking at SJ 07376 29504. From here take the footpath to SJ 07511 29906 and then follow it up the side of the steep slope. At the top follow the path to SJ 06047 30185 before crossing a narrow gorge and heading up the hill to the row.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     Coflein     Archwilio

Other References

Burl, A., 1993, From Carnac to Callanish – The prehistoric rows and avenues of Britain, Ireland and Brittany, Yale University Press, New York and London, pg. 225.


Timeline

VISITED:- 27th August 2018 

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 12th February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 19th September 2018

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