I e-mailed the new occupants living in the nearby house asking if my son and I could come and have a look at the stones but received no reply, so we went any way. It took two tries to get the right driveway down to the house (blurred house name on streetview says lots) but we got there eventually. I parked in the farm yard and knocked on the door, farmers wife came to the door so I asked if my son and I could have a look at the stones, using the exact words used in my e-mail, but it didn't seem to register, no matter, she didn't have a problem gave me some directions to the stones and off we went, would have been nice for the asked for e-mail to have made an impact though.
The stones are first seen over the wall, oooh said I they're big ones, then we get to the gate and enter the stones field. Immediately you can see that some work is being carried out here, new fence posts and new barbed wire, not into that, not at all. But also some gorse has been removed and piled up, I am into that though, but not too much mind.
These are a fine pair of stones, the smaller western stone is more rounded and blunter, female ? and the eastern stone is taller, sharp edged and pointy, male ? whether it is a gender issue that determines the stones shape I'm not overly convinced but there is a meaning to it i'm sure.
Standing south of the stones, they frame Carn Meini, 365 meters of up thrusting weather beaten rock, and next to it the Carn Menyn chambered tomb and coming from that the stone river a most singular natural feature. There's really a lot going on around here, I so wish it was the same in my almost local Snowdonia.
I'll have to put in for a transfer down here.
"If you would like to visit the stones, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, as we are the new owners and are happy for people to visit, but do occasionaly have animals grazing there, so would appreciate being contacted first. many thanks."
An O/S map is required when visiting this site to navigate the maze of lanes.
I parked near Dolau Maen Isaf farm house and walked about 50 metres further up the lane until I came to a metal gate on my left. I walked down the rough track going through another couple of gates. As you approach the house you will see a public footpath sign pointing to the left. Don't go left, keep on the track a little bit longer and you will see a metal gate on the far side of the field to your left. The top of the stones are visible from this gate. Across the field to the next gate and you will come face to face with the stones. The walk from the road takes 10 minutes.
One stone is about 6 ½ ft high and roundish, the other is about 7ft high and sleek – like a spear point. Both stones are about 7 paces apart.
To the north there is a rocky outcrop which dominates the area. I feel sure that this must have a bearing on why the stones were erected here in the first place?
Whilst walking back up the track to the road I was stopped by the owner of the house who was returning home, and he asked me what I was doing? When I explained he said that there was no public right of way to the stones (this I knew) but once he was satisfied I meant no harm he became a bit friendlier. I would recommend you ask permission from the house before visiting the stones. To be fair I would have done this myself but there was no one in.
In reference to Rhiannon's query about a possible link twixt stones and springs I know of two face-aligned stone pairs in Orkney. By coincidence I just added one (The Round) last night and the associated dwelling has a well by its side and two others in close proximity. The other is Leafea, very near which is the Brockan settlement with a spring and a well (though I should mention that this whole area to the W of Stromness has quite a few wells and springs anyway).
These two stones stand eight metres apart - one is 2.2m and the other 2.4m tall. Their flat faces are aligned - it's rumoured that there are other aligned stones in the vicinity, though the information on Coflein does not give this idea much credit.
Waun Lwyd means grey meadow or moorland. The pair of stones seem to lie just above a pair of springs, should that be deemed relevant?