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St Lythans Burial Chamber aka Gwâl y Filiast

St Lythans Burial Chamber aka Gwâl y Filiast

So, I saved the best two locations for last - because the Neolithic in Britain is really where I find my joy.  Also, it was the last two places we went.

This is absolutely off the beaten track - the GPS didn't even have a location for here, we had to just get to the road in general and then find it.  We parked in someone's expansive driveway (the house was for sale 8) ) and walked to this cow pasture.   Yep - cows live in and around this 6,000 year old Neolithic Burial chamber.  

The local folklore related to this is very cool - from wikipedia: St Lythans Burial Chamber is also known as Gwâl y Filiast (English: The Greyhound Bitch's Kennel) — the site had been used as an animal shelter in the early 19th century — and Maes y Felin (The Mill Field), apparently from the legend that, each Midsummer's Eve, the capstone spins around three times and all the stones go to the nearby river to bathe. The cromlech stands in a field known as the "Accursed Field", so called due to its supposed infertility.

Gotta love it <3   There was a tractor in the field this day - and he obligingly (and very kindly really, I thought it very thoughtful of him) didn't come into this half of the pasture, even though he needed to, until we left.  I am grateful to this lovely stranger - I hope he realizes somehow :)

©Jennifer Bailey 2013 St. Lythans Burial Chamber, Wales

©Jennifer Bailey 2013 St. Lythans Burial Chamber, Wales


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