The walk proceeded along the western side of Fan Llia, where we saw a group of circular and oval platforms representing the remains of a prehistoric settlement which could date to as early as 2000 BC. This is an exciting site, as there are few examples of platform groups such as this in Wales: they are better-known in the north of Britain where the majority of those excavated are Bronze Age in date.
A short distance to the north-east lie the remains of a Bronze Age burial cairn. Its centre has been robbed out and a slab on the edge of the mound is thought to have been the capstone.
|David Leighton explains how the burial chamber would have looked, with upright stones defining a stone-lined burial pit and supporting a larger capstone.|
|Walkers fording the Afon LLia on line of the Roman road.|
|Platform lying precisely equidistant from ring barrow and Maen Llia.|
|Walker standing on possible recumbent standing stone, positioned at an equal distance between Maen Llia and the Bronze Age ring barrow.|
|Maen LLia, one of the largest standing stones in Wales.|
|Looking south down the Llia Valley.|
|One of many abandoned folds known to have been used from the medieval period up until at least the nineteenth century, possibly built on an earlier structure.|
|The Royal Commission’s David Leighton and Richard Suggett (Buildings Investigator) discuss the interior layout of a probable longhouse on the reservoir’s northern shore.|
|Remains of medieval or later longhouse bisected by the western shore of the Ystradfellte Reservoir.|
From the reservoir it was a short walk back to our start-point. We all agreed that the walk was invigorating, informative and fun!
Ramblers Cymru’s annual Big Welsh Walk continues throughout May. See their website at http://www.ramblers.org.uk/wales/what-we-do/events-index/2014/may/big-welsh-walk.aspx for details.
A list of heritage walks planned by Cadw can be found on the events page of Cadw’s website at http://cadw.wales.gov.uk/events/?lang=en
By Nikki Vousden.
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