Make your way south
through the maze of narrow lanes to park in a small carpark where there is
a National Trust sign at SH 237 299. If you pass a telephone box you are
headed the right way. Around this hill are several interesting sites which
can make a pleasant walk as the footpaths are open (June 2001). Follow the
wide path northwest uphill and ignore the first left fork but carry on up.
A grassy left track leads to a series of cairns and diggings where you
will have great views all around especially towards Hellís Mouth beach
and the headland which is the farthest south point on the peninsular where
there is another burial chamber.
towards Hellís Mouth
The largest capstone to the NNE is still supported by rocks which can be seen by parting the bracken but some newer walls have been built, possibly to pen animals at one time. Both capstones have slipped and the central part of the cairn has gone, no doubt to make all the walls nearby.
Rhiw Burial Chambers
We camped near Abersoch hoping to visit the southern burial chamber at Cilan Uchaf SH 330 235. However to reach it means clambering through two fields of sheep as there is no footpath so we will come back when the foot and mouth crisis is fully over. The farmer at the very end of the lane didnít seem to mind but said it was quite a steep walk and not really worth it as there is only ďa big stone, some sort of old cemetery there.Ē
We didnít have much luck later on as we wanted to find the burial chamber on the headland at Llanbedrog at SH 325 311 called Bryn Parc. When we got there we got stuck on the hill as the headland was on fire (we thought they were burning heather) and about 15 fire engines from all over North Wales appeared. The footpaths were closed of and we sat on the beach in the sun with the dogs.
Fire blocking the path to Bryn Parc Burial chamber
There are several sites further on near Pwllheli but headed to Criccieth as we had read about a cupmarked burial chamber
This little chamber is
worth a visit as it was on the way and is in a lovely setting. Park in the
layby on the A497 just east of town at SH 512 384 and walk back along the
pavement to a footpath sign. Go through the gate and follow the path
downhill. You will see the chamber below in the field. It is a small
chamber with a thin slipped capstone partially supported on small stones.
From here you get views of the castle in the distance and surrounding
Chamber and Criccieth Castle in the distance
Modern stone circle outside Porthmadog
This is an Eisteddfod circle with twelve stones and inner ďaltarĒ. More details on the Modern Circles pages.