Rhos y Gelynen

View from east (Scale 1m).

A single stone row measuring 9.1m long, including 6 medium and large-sized stones situated on a gentle east facing slope overlooking the Elan Valley. Three stones remain standing and the others including the largest at the eastern end are recumbent. The row is orientated east to west and stands in an area with broadly contemporary standing stones and cairns.


Wales Powys Mid Wales SN 90543 63085
Lat 52.254962    Long -3.604985

Map showing the location of Rhos y Gelynen stone row.

Plan of Rhos y Gelynen stone row (Source: survey at 1:100 by Sandy Gerrard). Recumbent stones are shown green.


Type: Single Length: 9.1m
No. of stones: 6 Size of stones: Medium and large
Orientation: 80° Altitude: 409m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: No
Context:  Cairn and standing stones
Notes: Three standing and three recumbent stones.

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status:
Scheduled Ancient Monument: RD195


Category: Plausible. No doubts have been expressed regarding the prehistoric interpretion of this row.


This stone row is of Type S3. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


Looking west along the stone row (Scale 1m).

View from south east (Scale 1m).

View from WNW (Scale 1m).

Looking east along the row (Scale 1m).

View from east (Scale 1m).

Plan showing the position of the numbered stones.

Stone 1 (on the left) measures 0.43m long by 0.17m wide and stands 0.57m high. Stone 3 (on the right) measures 0.73m long by 0.17m wide and stands 0.63m high. View from south (Scale 1m). Stone was not visible at the time of the visit in 2018 but was earlier as shown below.

Stone 2 (in the middle) was visible when visited by Christopher Bickerton. Stone 3 on the left and stone 1 on the right. View from the north. © Christopher Bickerton. Original available at Megalithic Portal.

Stone 4 measures 1.41m long by 0.56m wide and stands up to 0.4m above the ground surface. Stone 5 stands behind. View from west (Scale 1m).

Stone 5 (on the right) measures 0.66m long by 0.40m wide and stands 1.49m high. Stone 4 lies to the left of the ranging rod.  View from south (Scale 1m).

Stone 6 measures 2.3m long by 0.80m wide and stands up tom 0.73m above the ground surface. Stone 5 stands beyond. View from north east (Scale 1m).

Stone 6 in the foreground and the rest of the row beyond. View from east (Scale 1m).

Access Information

Car parking is available at SN 90917 63892. From here head south along the road to SN 90986 63787. Take the footpath on the right leading up the hill and follow this to SN 89877 63570 beside the communications mast. Head south along the track to the row.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     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.


VISITED:- 23rd August 2018

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 12th February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 15th March 2019

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