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Bronheulog (Chambered Cairn)

Marked on the OS map as a burial chamber, this ruined chambered cairn is 700 metres southwest of Tan-y-Muriau, and 1.5km south of Rhiw axe factory.

By ruined, I mean it is a pile of stones, with rows of holes visible on the capstone where someone has tried to split it.

Y Ffor (Burial Chamber)

Four Crosses is a portal dolmen, with three uprights supporting its capstone. It was restored by the landowner in the 1930s, who seems to have accidentally restored one of the uprights as the capstone.

Don't try to find the footpath marked on the OS map, as it is no longer there (it's now under a nursery). Instead, park in the layby opposite the nursery, and walk down to the farm turning (named Cromlech, handily). Down the lane, and turn right through the gate opposite the farm buildings.

Kinderlow (Cairn(s))

Fantastic views, particularly in the snow.

From Magic: The monument is a bowl barrow located at the summit of Kinderlow in the western gritstone moorlands of Derbyshire. It includes a steep-sided sub-circular mound measuring 17.5m by 15m and standing c.2m high. A gritstone kerb is visible in the edges of the mound and there is a modern walker's cairn on the summit. The monument has not been excavated and so cannot be precisely dated, but its form and hilltop location assign it to the Bronze Age.

It is currently being restored by NT/Peak District National Park Authority to repair erosion damage.

Cown Edge (Round Cairn)

A gritstone cairn some 13m x 10m, and about 1.5m high, which has suffered some surface disturbance due to the activities of Enclosure period stone-getters, according to the SMR.

We visited on a particularly damp and misty day, hence the spooky picture.

To be honest, not worth a special trip, though Cown Edge Rocks are pretty cool.

Tor Dike (Dyke)

Tor Dike is a 2km linear earthwork, consisting of a ditch cut into the limestone, and an earth and stone rampart. According to the SMR there are Iron Age type enclosures and hut circles abutting the rampart. Couldn't spot them myself, but you can't really miss the ditch and banks. Would have been quite defensible if it wasn't for the fact that you could just walk round the western end.

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