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A Grand Day Out

The Cerrig Bach stone circle; photo © CPAT

A group of 20 enthusiastic walkers (and two dogs) joined CPAT's Nigel Jones for a history walk in the Elan Valley, which was organised by the Elan Valley Ranger Service and the Cambrian Mountains Society. A day of glorious sunshine gave the chance to enjoy a range of archaeological sites, take in the spectacular views, and linger over a picnic overlooking the Caban Coch Reservoir.

The walk, which is available to download from our website, focused on an important group of Bronze Age burial cairns and a stone circle. The walk started at the Visitor Centre, climbing to the top of the Caban Coch dam and then following the shore of the reservoir to the Argae Nant y Gro, which was used to test the explosives for the Dambusters raid during the Second World War.

Rising onto the open moorland, the group headed for Gro Hill, which has several Bronze Age cairns, a number of which have exposed stone-line burial cists. After a small stream crossing, made easier by the dry weather, the highlight of the day was a visit to the stone circle at Crugiau Bach. Although some of the stones are now barely visible above the turf, the circle is easy to identify when surrounded by a group of visitors!

Nigel Jones, April 2010

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