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thelonious
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Edited Aug 30, 2017, 20:21
The befores we get there
Aug 30, 2017, 18:55
Costaexpress' recent upload of a first glimplse of La Pierre Couverte de BaugeI got me thinking about my favorite walks to sites today.

http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/post/153981/la_pierre_couverte_de_bauge.html

So for a bit of fun and maybe a few ideas for nice places to visit in the future...

What are some of your favourite walks to sites. I'm talking walks that really build the excitement or put you in a good mood before you get your first glimpse of the stones?
Doesn't matter if it's just 100 meters or a big 5 miles. The site doesn't even have to be that mega.

I'll kick things off.

Ballynoe - it's only a short walk from the road to the circle but by the time the stones came into view I was already in such a happy state of mind. The walk down the track is wonderful with trees either side of you, lining the way. Overhead banches give the impression of a tunnel leading to an enchanted realm. With the sun shining though the leaves the way to the circle was just magical and definitely had an effect on my first feelings and thoughts as I reached the site. The walk is one I'll always remember and would love to go back some day.

http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/site/1048/ballynoe.html
https://500px.com/photo/226202721/the-walk-to-ballynoe-stone-circle-by-spaceways
tjj
tjj
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Edited Aug 30, 2017, 23:19
Re: The befores we get there
Aug 30, 2017, 20:59
What a lovely idea for a thread ... but where to begin.

I am going to choose Boscawen-un in Cornwall. Visited in 2010 with K, we went on our holiday to West Cornwall the year after he had been seriously ill. Neither of us could map read and he seemed happy to just go along with where ever I wanted to go. We didn't have a car, my map reading skills definitely left room for improvement, and we managed to get hopelessly lost more than once.
Our walk from St Buryun to the Boscawen-un stone circle was a complete success though. A beautiful, clear April day - I remember it vividly.

http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/site/229/boscawenun.html


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thelonious
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Re: The befores we get there
Aug 30, 2017, 22:50
I'm always getting lost and if not lost, sidetracked. Something along the way always catches my eye, a little detour for 5 minutes that turns into half a day. We get there in the end. I think sometimes the best days are the ones with hazy middles.

I've never been to Boscawen-Un but it looks nice. Would be good to get lost round there one day.
Sanctuary
Sanctuary
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Re: The befores we get there
Aug 31, 2017, 10:50
thelonious wrote:
I'm always getting lost and if not lost, sidetracked. Something along the way always catches my eye, a little detour for 5 minutes that turns into half a day. We get there in the end. I think sometimes the best days are the ones with hazy middles.

I've never been to Boscawen-Un but it looks nice. Would be good to get lost round there one day.


Not in the fog it won't T :-)
moss
moss
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Re: The befores we get there
Aug 31, 2017, 11:00
St.David's Head - Pembrokeshire coast

I just love Wales and the walk to Coetan Arthur cromlech from the busy Whitesand beach is always exciting. Wild flowers on the verges at the side of the path as the cromlech appears and disappears amongst the jumble of rocks. The whole area is rocky from Carn Llidi great outcrop with the two cromlech's crouching underneath to the stones scattered around.

http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/site/3555/carn_llidi_tombs.html
till you get to the classical Coetan Arthur cromlech.

http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/site/1595/coetan_arthur.html

Wander over to the promontory fort, all the time the sky, land and sea making marvellous visual pictures around you. Sink into prehistory and meditate ;)

http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/site/3554/st_davids_head_camp.html

If I was to recommend a place to stay it would be the Cambrian Inn in Solva, there is such a lot to see around this area.
juamei
juamei
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Re: The befores we get there
Aug 31, 2017, 11:48
I think my personal favourites are:

The walk to Stoney Littleton from the car park. Going across a stream and into beautiful somerset countryside for 5 mins before going over a style and there she is laid out side on to you. Calm upon calm.

My close second would be the walk to Kingston Russell enclosure along the ridge from the east. Past Grey mare and her colts, on through luscious Dorset scenery to Kingston Russell circle then through a gate to a hut circle and finally onto the horseshoe shaped enclosure looking out to the sea along a valley.
ironstone
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Re: The befores we get there
Aug 31, 2017, 15:10
So many to choose from so I'll do what people often do when faced with this sort of 'best of' question and plump for one of the most recent being the walk to Bryn Cader Fader in Gwynedd which I did on a beautifully sunny March day this year. As ever, and in common with most of us, I guess, I got lost in going straight on at a junction rather than locating the correct path branching off to the left but the 'wrong' one didn't take me too far out of my way, bringing me down to a pool from which I was able to reorient myself and cut across to connect with the right track and onwards to the circle which then became visible perfectly silhouetted against the horizon on its slightly raised platform. It's a couple of miles, tops, each way, a bit up and down but nothing seriously arduous, a bit boggy here and there but nothing that good waterproof boots can't manage. It's just brilliant countryside and scenery, Snowdonia in the distance. I'm a sucker for the moorland-type sites, the ones that require a bit of effort but reward you amply in terms of the solitude and wide-open landscape. White Moss in Cumbria also springs to mind but that involves a steep climb, ditto The Druid's Circle in North Wales.
drewbhoy
drewbhoy
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Re: The befores we get there
Sep 01, 2017, 13:26
Blue Cairn, Long Cairn near Tarland, to the Mulloch Cairn near Dinnet.
north bucks
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Re: The befores we get there
Sep 02, 2017, 08:08
I really like the walk along the Ridgeway to Waylands Smithy from the White Horse. So many good memories.
thelonious
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Edited Sep 04, 2017, 18:10
Re: The befores we get there
Sep 04, 2017, 07:23
Ha, you're right there.

I've seen lots of photos of Boscawen-un and knew it was somewhere in Cornwall but didn't know the exact location. Having a look on the map, it turns out I drove right past to Lands End on my one and only trip down here a few years back! I reckon I must have been only about 400 meters away at the nearest point of the road. So close .....
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