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Weather and Hillforts - Penycloddiau with the University of the Third Age

Brave souls at Penycloddiau A hardy band of a dozen or so members of the Flintshire group of the University of the Third Age braved the July weather to visit the (usually) magnificent Iron Age Hillfort at Penycloddiau in the Clwydian Hills on the Flintshire - Denbighshire border. They were led around the site by CPAT's Nigel Jones who explained the origins of the spectacular earthwork - the 22 hectare site is enclosed by over 2 kilometres of earth ramparts standing several metres high - and told them all about the recent excavation work undertaken there by CPAT as part of Denbighshire County Council's Heather and Hillforts project.

Despite the appalling weather, which even in the Clwydians is usually better than this by the 17th July, the group thoroughly enjoyed themselves and felt it had all been worthwhile - indeed you can see in the photograph that some of them are actually smiling! Once safe on dry land, group organiser Hilary Jones emailed me to say . . .

    "It was a dreadful morning weather wise but Nigel did a most interesting walk and talk, and really opened our eyes to what was up there. It made such a difference to have an expert with us pointing out and explaining things we would have missed completely."
Chris Martin, July 2008

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