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Brent Tor (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Fieldnotes

It's taken a really long time to get here, I've until now only seen it from the A386 Tavistock to Okehampton road, from where it looks very much like a Dartmoor Glastonbury, a Dunnideer, a Beeston, a lone hill with a medieval building on it. I liked the look of it from the A386, so I decided that one day I'd have a look, and with my usual get up and go-ness it's taken well over ten years.

Parking is at the Brentor church car park, parking is free. Then across the road through the gate and there's the Tor with the church perched on top.
If you keep left on the path, your taken through what I hope is the original entrance to the fort, a long bank curves from here around the base of the hill.
But most people, myself included would most likely head straight to the top, to the best view, to the most obvious point of interest, the church.
But on the way I noted a load of other earthworks, including another inner entrance.
Soon enough the wind is blowing, Crows are keeping an eye on all who get to the top, and i'm getting that mountain top feeling.
Really, I didn't even know this was a hill fort until I decided to make this my stop off point. It's just a bonus really, the main thing about this extremely extinct volcano is that you can sit on top and marvel at the world before you, and if you've got any questions God is just over your shoulder.
"God, what are coincidences made of?"
"You wouldn't understand"
"Aah"
postman Posted by postman
2nd August 2015ce

Brent Tor (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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2nd August 2015ce

Mor Stein (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

Take the south coastal road, not taking the Ness Road, go as far as the Frustigarth Road and take that. The stone is in the second field after Cot on the Hill, don't be tempted by the first field as it is rather boggy. I went to have a look at the wartime building on the other side and found what could have been an outlier. Didn't measure it but say a metre square with another stone underneath wideford Posted by wideford
2nd August 2015ce

Tal y Garreg and Llechlwyd (Hillfort) — Miscellaneous

One hill, two forts.

Tal y Garreg fort crowns the summit of the hill at SH57400358, while Llechlwyd cuts off the lower western promontory. Both look down on the mouth of the Dysynni river.

GAT details:
Tal y Garreg

This is a fortification in an exhilarating position, fronting the sea and exposed to all the winds that blow! Its date is very uncertain, and it may have been occupied at more than one period.

The defences are built on the very top of the narrow ridge. They consist of two relatively low earth and stone banks enclosing a rectangular space about 45m long and 22m wide. At the seaward end there is a much stronger point the base of a tower or small circular enclosure (10m in diameter) fronted by a rock-cut ditch now virtually filed with stone. If this stone comes from the collapse of the tower, it must have been quite high. Beyond the ditch is a curving bank with another deep rock-cut ditch beyond. This ditch is now right at the edge of the quarry take care! The ring of concrete pegs on the tower once anchored a shipping signal. (Extract from G. Smith: A Visitor Guide to the Main Iron Age Hillforts of Meirionnydd (2009)).

Llechlwyd promontory fort

A promontory fort enclosing 1.5 acres, situated on a spur of land projecting SW from Tal y Garreg Mountain. The artificial defences comprise an inner and outer bank, 3.6m and 3.2m high respectively with an outer ditch now only 0.8m deep, constructed across the neck of a steep sided promontory. The outer bank and ditch have been destroyed at their west end by a modern quarry road, which exposes a section showing that the ditch was originally 1.9m lower than the present day ground level. The large inner rampart is mainly of stone. And has an in-turned entrance at the junction of its W end with the natural defensive slope of the hill. There are no traces of any huts within the fort. Surveyed at 1: 2500.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
2nd August 2015ce

Lady Cross (Round Barrow(s)) — Miscellaneous

Drive-by 1.8.15

Directions:
On the A171 between Ugthorpe and Aislaby.


Despite being right next to the road (northern side) I couldn't see either of these two barrows due to a large covering of chest high gorse and fern.

E.H. state (Lady Cross barrow):
The barrow is an earthen mound 1.2m high and 14m in diameter. In the centre of the barrow is a hollow caused by previous excavations.

Dun Bogs barrow: The barrow is an earth and stone mound 1m high x 12m in diameter. In the centre of the mound is a hollow caused by excavations in the past.
Posted by CARL
2nd August 2015ce

Newton Mulgrave Round Barrow (Round Barrow(s)) — Fieldnotes

Visited 1.8.15

As Fitzcoraldo says the barrow has a very flat top - like it has recently been ironed!
E.H. state:
This earth and stone barrow is 1.5m high x 17m in diameter. In the centre of the barrow is a slight hollow caused be excavations in the past.

On the opposite side of the road is another barrow. This one I could see no trace of.
E.H. state:
This earth and stone barrow is 0.7m high x 9m in diameter. Past excavations have left a hollow in the centre and the mound has been almost levelled on the west side. This barrow was originally one of eight spread across the north side of Newton Mulgrave Moor and lies in an area rich in prehistoric monuments.
Posted by CARL
2nd August 2015ce

High Park Farm (Round Barrow(s)) — Fieldnotes

Visited 1.8.15

Directions:
A short distance south-west of Loose Howe.
On the opposite side of the A171.


There are two barrows showing on the O/S map here. The first one you come to I couldn't see any trace of. Which perhaps isn't surprising as E.H. state it is only 0.4m high at the time of their last inspection. Probably ploughed out by now?

The second barrow is much more prominent and easy to spot a little further down the minor road. It is in a field of sheep and has clearly be dug into at some point in the past. It is now a rough grassed mound. Although there is a barbed wire fence around the field access is easy thanks to a helpfully position wooden field gate. There are extensive moorland views to be had from the barrow. Whilst there we watched a bird of prey sat on a wooden fence post before it majestically flew off nto the yonder. E.H state this barrow is 1.6m high x 24m in diameter.
Posted by CARL
2nd August 2015ce

Loose Howe (Round Barrow(s)) — Fieldnotes

Visited 1.8.15

Directions:
Opposite the camp site on the minor road off the A171 towards Ugthorpe.

Nothing to see.

E.H. state:
A round barrow of earth and stone standing up to 0.5m high and 10m in diameter.
Posted by CARL
2nd August 2015ce

Claphow Farm Lingdale (Round Barrow(s)) — Fieldnotes

Visited 1.8.15

Directions:
To the north of the village of Lingdale mid point between the A 171 and the A174.


Took a wrong turn and happened to be passing.
The filed (next to the farmhouse) where the O/S map shows the 'tumulus' to be is wild and overgrown. I couldn't make anything out. E.H. have nothing to report.
Posted by CARL
2nd August 2015ce

Hilda's Well (Sacred Well) — Fieldnotes

Visited 1.8.15

Directions:
On the A174. Church and holy well is signposted.

The well is easy enough to find at the back of the church. I wooden handrail assists the pilgrim down the grass slope. The restored well has a stone trough next to it which had a large collection of old rusting coins in it. Judging by the amount of coins in the bottom of the well this place gets a lot of visitors.
The water did look clear but I didn't risk it.
This is a very peaceful spot with only the sound of a wood pigeon for company. It is nice here.
Unfortunately the church was locked so I couldn't have a look inside.
Well (excuse the pun) worth a visit if you happen to be visiting the nearby lovely fishing village of Staithes.
Posted by CARL
2nd August 2015ce

Murk Mire Moor (Cairn(s)) — Miscellaneous

Drive-by 1.8.15

Directions:
A short distance north of the Three Howes cairns. On the western side of the road.


Couldn't see any trace of the cairns. This whole section of moorland is covered with heather. The O/S map shows 5 cairns here. E.H. have nothing to report - which isn't much help!
Posted by CARL
2nd August 2015ce

Three Howes (Round Cairn) — Fieldnotes

Visited 1.8.15

Visible from the road on the right when heading south along this lonely road across the desolate heather-clad moorland. As Chris says access is easy from the obvious track - also an easy place to park.
If you like windswept moorland views, this is the place for you! Can't comment much about the barrows as they are overgrown with heather.
Posted by CARL
2nd August 2015ce

The Wheeldale Stones (Standing Stones) — Fieldnotes

Visited 1.8.15

Whilst driving south along the minor moorland road between Grosmont and Newton-on-Rawcliffe I counted 6 of these roadside stones. 3 of which had square holes cut into the upper part. The stones are tall and quite impressive. How old? Who knows?
They appear to be markers across this bleak moorland to assist travelers?
Posted by CARL
2nd August 2015ce

Willerby Wold House (Round Barrow(s)) — Fieldnotes

Visited 1.8.15

Directions:
A short distance west of the B1249. Opposite Willerby Wold Farmhouse.


Couldn't see anything due to the field being in crop (wheat). Parking on the grass verge is easy enough.
Posted by CARL
2nd August 2015ce

Rawcliffe Howe (Round Barrow(s)) — Miscellaneous

Drive-by 1.8.15

Directions:
A short distance north east of the Cawthorne Camps barrows. O/S map required.


Despite being right next to the road I was unable to see the barrow due to the high bank. More to the point due to the way the road is cut into the hillside. Lack of time prevented a stop and search.
Parking may be tricky along these narrow, twisting lanes. Will have a proper look next time I am here.


E.H. state:
A round barrow situated on a prominent position overlooking the Vale of Pickering. The barrow is an earth and stone mound standing 1m high with an original diameter of 20m. The edge of the barrow has been truncated by the cutting of the adjacent road which is at least 3m below the top of the mound. The parish boundary passes through the marrow.
Posted by CARL
2nd August 2015ce

Rudston Monolith (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

Visited 1.8.15

Wow! This stone is incredible. As soon as you see the church you see the stone. It hits you between the eyes. It dominates and overpowers the church. It is huge, not just in height but in depth and width. It is even bigger in real life than it looks in pictures.

All of this is true but what is most impressive is the power this stone radiates. If ever a stone was a symbol of power, prestige or greatness - this is it.

There is little more to say than come and visit and see for yourself.

Although it was evening when I arrived at the church I was pleasantly surprised to find it still open. The church is nice inside and well worth a look. I was also able to pick up a couple of postcards of the monolith and an information leaflet.


***
This morning I received news that a lifelong friend of mine suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. This came as a great shock and is one of those moments when you consider your own mortality. I dedicate these notes to my friend Keith (known to us as 'The Trend'). Thank you for the memories. May you rest in peace.
Posted by CARL
1st August 2015ce

Cissbury Ring (Hillfort) — Images

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1st August 2015ce

Templewood (Stone Circle) — Fieldnotes

Visited 24.7.15

Next stop on my mini 'Grand Tour' was the famous Templewood complex. It was a lovely summer's evening and long shadows were begin cast over the stones. I was amazed that I was the only one here. I expected the (unusually) nice weather would have brought the tourists out? Clearly not,

Although Templewood has been tidied up a lot it is still a great place to visit. Access is as easy as it gets and the information boards are very informative. I always find that sites which have trees around them to have that 'special feeling'. Templewood is no exception, particularly when you are lucky enough to have the place to yourself.
Posted by CARL
1st August 2015ce

Ballygowan (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Fieldnotes

Visited 24.7.15

Directions:
When you reach the cattle grid and the sign which says no motor vehicles beyond this point walk up the road. Quite shortly you will come to a rough track on your right heading up hill. Go up the track and stay on it until you reach the house. Immediately before the house come off the track and go right over very boggy, uneven ground. Head for the end of the trees on the skyline to your left. The railing around the rock art will soon come into view.

This was the one Historic Scotland site I failed to find on my previous visit and I was determined to put that right. Due to the very wet summer here in Scotland the ground underfoot was often bog-like. It was clear that few people had been here recently - including Historic Scotland. The grass within the fencing was long and overgrown - although not as bad as outside the fence! Despite being an H.S. site there are no sign posts or black and white posts to help guide you here - why not I wonder?

The rock art was a little disappointing to be honest. Perhaps it was the light? There are much better examples *and easier to find( else where in Kilmartin. Still, at least I got here. Mission accomplished!
Posted by CARL
1st August 2015ce

Ri Cruin (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Visited 24.7.15

The last time I came to Kilmartin it rained and rained and then rained some more. In fact it never stopped raining from the moment I arrived to the time I left. Kilmartin is a joy but is more of a joy in decent weather. A return visit was always on the agenda and here we are, 5 years later, back in Kilmartin glen.

We were booked into a B+B opposite the museum and as it was a lovely summer's evening I didn't want t waste the opportunity. Karen agreed to take the children to the B+B and let me have the rest of the day to myself to re-explore the many wonderful sites Kilmartin has to offer - result!

Karen dropped me off near Ri Cruin and drove off. I immediately headed up the path and was keen to see if this site was as good as I remembered it? And of course, it was! I had the place to myself and eagerly sought out the axe head carvings. The light wasn't great for this but I did spot them once I got my eye in.

With its relative seclusion away from the 'main' Kilmartin sites you are likely to also have the place to yourself. The axe heads, cists and surroundings still (alongside Dunned Fort) makes this my favorite Kilmartin site. Simply wonderful.
Posted by CARL
1st August 2015ce

Mid Sannox (Standing Stones) — Miscellaneous

Only managed a drive-by to see this impressive stone whilst trying to find the B+B. Tempers were begining to fray in the car so I thought it best not to stop!

When near Sannox don't miss the nearby wonderful re-created Viking ship in the small harbour.
Posted by CARL
31st July 2015ce

The Mare and Foal (Standing Stones) — Fieldnotes

Visited 31.7.15

5 years since I was last here. That went quick!

My only 'old stone' site of the day - if you don't count Roman as old (far too modern!)

Access as before. The field grass is very long and there were no animals present. The sun was breaking through the clouds but the wind was quite cold. There are good views to be had. Hadrian's Wall to the north (with several walkers in presence) and sweeping valley views to the south.It is windswept and bleak here, but bleak in a good way (although I wouldn't want to spend a night out here - even n summer!)

As for the stones, they seem to be as I remember them. The taller stone about 1.7m high, the smaller stone about 1m high. Both stones seem to be on an oval bed of stones sticking out of the grass. Odd thing is they look very similar to the size and shape of the stones of the famous wall. Perhaps it is just my imagination?

It was nice to say 'hello' to these stones again.
Posted by CARL
31st July 2015ce

Rhos Gwawr (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Images

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31st July 2015ce

Cairnholy (Chambered Cairn) — Fieldnotes

Visited 30.7.15

Am I really the first TMAer to visit this wonderful site for 10 years? Hardly seems possible?

Although Historic Scotland recommend parking on the A75 and walking up to the site (long walk) you can drive all the way up and park in the small car park. The road is in good order except for the last few metres before you reach the parking area - bit rough.

To put it (not very) quaintly - these are the 'dogs'!
What a fantastic place to visit. The two chambered cairns are superb. One has an impressive facade of tall standing stones, the other a large capstone still pretty much in situ. Both cairns offer excellent coastal views with mountains in the background. Keep an eye out for the large prostrate stone near the wooden fate to Cairnholy 2. Surely once part of the chambered cairn?

The sun was shining (something we had seen all too little of on this year's holiday) but the wind was cold. Dafydd was attempting to make a spear from a stick and sharp stone he had found whilst Sophie decided it was too cold and went back to the car. Although the site must have made some impression on her as later that afternoon on the beach she made a burial chamber instead of a sand castle - that's my girl!

This really is an excellent place to visit, one of the best I have been to. Second only to Machrie Moor on Arran this holiday - and that;s no disgrace. I have really enjoyed my holiday in this south west corner of Scotland. It is easy to overlook this area whilst heading direct for the delights of the highlands. The countryside is pleasant more than spectacular although it does have some good coastal views. What is does offer (in spades) is a fine selection of both historic and prehistoric sites to visit. Some superb - such as this one. The next time you plan a trip to Scotland try to factor in some time here. You won't fail to be impressed.
Posted by CARL
31st July 2015ce

Cairnholy Cairn (Cairn(s)) — Miscellaneous

Visible from Cairnholy 2 - across the field to the north east. Large(ish) grass covered mound.

Canmore state:
The cairn sands on a terrace above the west bank of the Kirkdale burn, 140m ENE of Cairnholy Farm. It measures 145m in diameter and 1.7m in height. The centre has been dug into and its sides clipped by ploughing. 1994
Posted by CARL
31st July 2015ce

Lessons (Cairn(s)) — Miscellaneous

Drive-by 30.7.15

Directions:
A short distance east of the Newton Stewart cairn, on the B7079. On the norther side of the road, other side of a stone wall.


There are two cairns here - High Lessons (no sign of it) and Low Lessons (visible as a rough grass covered mound in the middle of the field). There was no obvious place to park in close proximity.

Canmore state:
High Lesson - The cairn is almost completely destroyed, grass covered rubble base, 0.3m high. 1966
Low Lesson - A partially grass covered cairn, half of which has been removed fom its south side. It is 70ft in diameter and 6ft high. 1966
Posted by CARL
31st July 2015ce

Newton Stewart Cairn (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Visited 30.7.15

We were spending the night in a B+B in Newton Stewart - so here I am.

The cairn is an impressive size and very easy to see and access, It amazes me how these prehistoric sites have managed to survive so close to urban expansion. Hopefully future generations will have the same regard for them that we do?

The cairn is approximately 2m high x 20m across.
Well worth looking out for when visitin Newton Stewart.
Posted by CARL
31st July 2015ce

Boreland (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Visited 29.7.15

Directions:
On B733, a short distance north-west from the Torhousekie stone circle (or Torhouse as Historic Scotland calls it) Right next to the junction.


Only time for a quick look - on the other side of a dry stone wall. It appears as a low, grass covered, stony mound. The field had not been ploughed on my visit.

Canmore state:
The cairn measures 25m in diameter and 0.7m high. The surrounding land has been ploughed right up to the edge of the cairn. 1976
Posted by CARL
31st July 2015ce

Torhousekie (Stone Circle) — Fieldnotes

Visited 19.7.15

Directions:
Easy. On the B733, west of Wigtown. Historic Scotland site. Signposted with small car park.


This is a superb stone circle. It may not be 'Premier League' i.e. Castlerigg but it is a very good 'Championship League' standard. The 3 central stones certainly gives it that something extra. Fortunately the circle is fenced to protect it from the cows which also occupy the field.

Dafydd and Sophie played in and around the stones (as they often seem to do at stone circles) whilst I sat and tried to take it all in.

I noticed, what looked like, a low ring of stones sticking out of the grass forming a circle between the inner stones and the outer stones? Also, on the other side of the wall is another large boulder-type stone. Is this connected to the circle?

As I (and others) have already said this is an excellent place to visit and well worth travelling a long way to see. Do so if you can - it won't disappoint.
Posted by CARL
31st July 2015ce

Torhousekie Stone Row (Stone Row / Alignment) — Fieldnotes

Visited 29.7.15

This fine stone row is easily seen from the circle on the other side of the road, upon a low ridge.
It is the other side of a dry stone wall.

Well worth checking out when visiting the nearby excellent stone circle.
Posted by CARL
31st July 2015ce

Rispain Camp (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Fieldnotes

Visited 29.7.15

Directions:
One mile west of Whithorn on the A746.
Historic Scotland site - signposted.


Drive up the farm drive and there is (surprisingly) a visitors car park. A short walk along the obvious path up through the back of the farm and you are there. An information board is provided which states this site has been dated to between 100BC and 100AD.
The site is in such good condition it was once thought it could have been Roman or even Medieval.


The site is in excellent condition and the entrance is very easy to see. The ditch surrounding this rectangular site is still about 2m deep - and well defined it is too. The site occupies a prominent position within the surrounding fairly flat countryside.

This is a nice site and well worth visiting. One of very many cracking sites to visit in this often overlooked part of Scotland. Most people (myself included) drive straight through to get to the beautiful highlands. Dumfries and Galloway may not have the mountains but it is nevertheless a pretty area with some fine coastal views. As for prehistoric and historic sites, it can certainly hold its own with most other areas of the country.
Try to make time to stop off on your way further north.
Posted by CARL
30th July 2015ce
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