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Bryn Cader Faner is a small cairn just 8m across and less than 1m high, but around the edge is a ring of tall, thin slabs set at an angle, projecting from the mass of the cairn like the rays of the sun, or as some say the "Welsh Crown of Thorns".  The monument may be classified as a cairn circle, and was probably a site of burial rather than ceremonial function. It has been disturbed and a hole in the centre no doubt indicates the position of a cist or grave, the content of which is unknown. The army, on manoeuvres before the second world war, pulled out stones on the east side but, miraculously, the striking silhouette remained intact.

It is a monument of simple but brilliantly effective design, placed with sophisticated precision in its dramatic setting so as to achieve maximum impact on travellers approaching from the south. It is arguably the most beautiful Bronze Age  monument in Britain.

Acknowledgement: A guide to ancient and historic Wales by Frances Lynch


Map opens in a new windowDirections : [ Map of Bryn Cader Faner Cairn Circle location ]

I have not yet visited this site. I include directions from two other sources.

1. Drive south from Talsarnau on A496. Then 0.3 ml (0.5km) after the harlech Junction turn left (signposted Maes Y Neuadd Hotel) and persevere up very narrow steep road to end (Moel y Geifr) where 1 or 2 cars can be parked. Follow Welsh Water track on right for 0.75 ml (1.25 km). Shortly after 3rd gate track bears right to lakes. Leave track here (this is crucial point) and continue straight ahead through boggy patch, skirting wall to left of rocky knoll. Time to complete return journey 2.5 to 3 hours.
Acknowledgement: A guide to ancient and historic Wales by Frances Lynch

Or try these directions :

2. From the "Maes-Y-Neuadd" hotel, follow the narrrow no through road (sign posted) which runs parallel to it. go across two cattle grids and one gate which you must close, and you come to the parking area (5 minutes or so uphill and around some narrow bends). Bryn Cader Faner is about an hour and 20 minutes (include a short 5 min break). Follow the trail until you arrive at Llyn Eiddew Bach, then veer sharp left and follow the lake edge until the narrow path veers left and then widens (seems that a vehicle has made the wide path which helps) across marshy but quite firm ground until you intersect the main path to the burial ground. Once you intersect this path which at the moment is bone dry, Bryn Cader Faner is about 15 minutes away. I looked up about 10 minutes into it and then saw it on a hillside to my right
Acknowledgement: Philip J Davies


Click the pictures below to see enlarged images of the Bryn Cader Faner Cairn Circle near Talsarnau, , North Wales. © All pictures and text copyright Bernard Wellings

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