Lluest Uchaf and Cadair Idris
Many rows are situated in positions that mean that significant landmarks are visible only from part of the row. This means that the rows are built across the limit of visibility to these places. The significance of this was not appreciated at the start of this project and as a result it is inevitable that there are many more examples than identified below. Over time it is hoped to rectify this situation and find other examples of this phenomena. If you come across any examples that are not covered below please do get in touch, preferably with a photograph to help us update the record. The other issue which exists is that sometimes these visual links are only discernible in ideal weather conditions and therefore it is possible or indeed likely that examples have been overlooked because the weather was far from perfect at the time of the site visit. Again if you have been lucky enough to visit in perfect visibility and have found something not covered below please get in touch. As always any contributions will be gratefully acknowledged.
The observation that many rows are built to provide a “peekaboo”, now you see it now you don’t relationship with their landscape may be of particular significance. This also happens with sea views and other contemporary archaeological sites and does imply that the row builders were seeking to place their rows in positions with very precise and definable visual relationships with the special places in their world. The reasons they chose to do this we can only guess at, but the fact that they did illustrates that the rows formed a pivotal place in their lives. Certainly, every time a fresh “reveal” has been identified there has been a feeling that the row builders after all this time are still capable of telling each generation which places were important to them.
Distribution of stone rows with a landmark or significant place reveal.
At Airigh Na Gaoithe stone row the prominent hills south of Lochmaddy are slowing revealed as you walk eastward along the row.
⊗ Viewshed analysis has demonstrated that several tors and other landmarks are revealed along the length Assycombe stone row.
At Avebury Z feature Silbury Hill disappears behind one of the large stones forming part of the stone circle.
At Ballinaby stone row both the sea and distant hills appear and disappear as you walk along the row.
Towards the lower end of the Bancbryn row Pen y Fan suddenly appears.
From the top of the Bancbryn row large swathes of the Brecon Beacons are visible.
At Bancbryn stone row Pen y Fan, a large swathe of the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountain and Exmoor appear as you walk north eastward up the row.
At Black Tor (Stanlake) several tors including North Hessary Tor appear and disappear as you move along the row.
Cadair Idris disappears as you walk eastward along Bryn Seward stone row.
Prominent tors, cairns and sea views all appear and disappear as you walk along Butterdon Hill Row.
Brown Will slowly disappears as you walk southward along Buttern Hill row.
Prominent hills appear as you walk eastward along the Buwch a’r Llo stone row.
The Grey Cairns of Camster are only visible from the top of the Camster stone row.
A number of prominent hills are revealed at the top of Careg Lwyd 1 stone row.
Fan Hir disappears as you walk northward along Careg Lwyd 2 stone row.
A cairn on Hangingstone Hill disappears as you walk northward along Challacombe Down stone row.
St Kilda appears as you reach the top of the Cnoc na Grèine stone row.
Conies Down Tor disappears as you walk northward along the Conies Down stone row.
Little Mis Tor is only visible from the top of Conies Down stone row.
Ben Hutig is visible only from the top of Creag Bhreac Mhor stone row.
Brown Gelly cairn appears and disappears as you walk south along East Moor stone row.
Several prominent mountains appear and disappear as you walk along Fonllech stone row.
⊗ Views of distant hills disappear at the southern end of Garrywhin stone row.
A number of prominent tors disappear one after the other as you walk down the Higher White Tor stone row.
Longaford Tor is only visible from the top of the Lakehead Hill E stone row.
Hare Tor is only visible from the northern length of the Langstone Moor stone row.
A number of prominent tors are only visible from the upper length of the Laughter Tor 1 stone row.
⊗ Sharpitor and other tors disappear as you walk up the Leeden Tor stone row.
Brown Gelly is only visible from the western end of the Leskernick Hill stone row.
Cadair Idris is only visible from the southern end of the Lluest Uchaf stone row.
Hollow Tor disappears behind the terminal stone at Merrivale 5.
A distinctive rocky outcrop appears as you walk up the Mynydd Clywedog stone row.
Cefn yr Ystrad is only visible from the northern end of Nant-Y-Wern stone row.
⊗ Several tors and other significant places appear and disappear as you walk along Piles Hill stone row.
Several prominent hills appear and disappear as you walk along Rhos Hafotty Carneddau stone row.
Sheeps Tor disappears below the horizon as you walk northward along the Ringmoor Down stone row.
Brown Willy is only visible from the northern end of Searle’s Down stone row.
Several prominent hills and tors appear as you walk south along Shaugh Moor stone row.
Several tors and cairns appear and disappear as you walk along Stalldown stone row.
Brown Willy disappears as you walk down Stannon stone row.
The Schil and other hills appear as you walk east along The Shearers stone row.
Hownam Law disappears from view at the western end of The Shearers stone row.
Rough Tor is only visible from the northern end of Tolborough Tor stone row.
Brown Gelly is only visible from the eastern end of Trehudreth Downs stone row.
Several reveals including one of Loch of Yarrows are available at Watenan, West stone row.
Pared y Cefn Hir is only visible towards the eastern end of Waun Oer stone row.
Several tors including Corndon Tor appear and disappear along the length of White Ridge stone row.
Pen y fan in South Wales appears in sight a short distance from the northern end of Wilmersham Common, South stone row.
Sharp Tor appears towards the probable end of Yar Tor stone row.
The Thirlstone disappears at the eastern end of Yardworthy stone row.