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Re: Llynau Cregennen
Jul 23, 2000, 23:48
Copyright Wales Tourist Board:

The area around Cregennan Lakes was favoured during the Bronze Age for ceremonial and ritual activity which was focussed on a group of stone monuments, including cairns of various forms and standing stones. A further group of similar sites, including two remarkable rows of standing stones, exists to the south west on the slopes below Pen y Garn. Both groups are located on the line of a prehistoric trackway which runs along the foothills above the estuary, skirting the edge of the steeper slopes of the Cader Idris range, before turning south and descending into the Dysynni valley outside the area described here. The Ffordd Ddu, which branches off the trackway onto higher ground, runs through Cwm-llwyd and was probably established later, possibly in the Roman or medieval periods.

The same part of the area also attracted intensive occupation during later prehistoric times, as demonstrated by the existence of three Iron Age hillforts: Craig y Castell in Islaw'r dref; the unnamed fort on the summit of Pared y Cefn-hir north of Cregennan Lakes; and Castell y Gaer above Llwyngwril. The latter is the largest of the three and is located within an area containing extensive relict remains of contemporary huts, enclosures and field systems extending north east as far as Cyfannedd.

Like Julian says, I don't think there are particularly 'impressive' remains here, but there is a sense of devastating beauty and 'otherness' which is worth the trip anyhow. Hey, there's even a small group of stones at 'Morfa' on the prehistoric route past Cregennan to Llwyngwril!

I'll check it out! Off to Wales in a week or so...

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