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Castell Tregaron. Sunnyhill wood camp

Hillfort

Fieldnotes

We parked in a passing place, naughty I know but I crammed the car into one end still leaving space for passing, then walked back down to a house whose name we couldn't make out from the road. Next to the house is a gate which we quietly crossed and made our way through another sheep and lamb infested field, why do we have so many sheep ? I don't eat mutton or wear woolen clothes and only eat lamb rarely, who is eating all these sheep?

We made our way up to the fort, it's quite steep but it only takes ten minutes to get to the top. This is one great hill fort, the map shows it as a spiral earthwork. The banks hiding the central summit are well over fifteen feet high, they don't really leave much room for habitation inside, maybe a hundred, no more. There was a digger in between the two high ramparts and it had scraped back the top layer of earth, exposing much stone and some bones (probably sheep), I'm no law student but that seems illegal to me, digging inside a scheduled ancient monument. Eric wondered if Time Team had been here and we'd come during they're tea break, he then set about trying to hot wire the digger, so I left him to it as I'd seen the battery not hooked up and the whole machine looked pretty knackered, but at least he wasn't asking if we can go now.

We then walked a little to the north west and up hill a bit to get a view down over the fort, it was an epic view, the fort really is very impressive, and the hills gain in height to the south west where Bryn Y Gorlan stone circle is. then as we walked back down to the fort a Red Kite flew by, it's fantastic they've made such a come back, and they're so willing to fly right over you're head instead of scarpering like a cowardly Buzzard.
postman Posted by postman
11th April 2012ce
Edited 11th April 2012ce

Comments (3)

Illegal? Yep, reckon so. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
11th April 2012ce
Crikey that was quick, i've only just finished.
The digger had scraped back ten feet of soil then whether by act of god or fear of the authorities just stopped, it looked as if it had been there for a while.
postman Posted by postman
11th April 2012ce
Struck by lightning, hopefully. There wasn't a charred corpse at the wheel? thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
11th April 2012ce
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