Megalithic Tour on September 2019

Organised by VIP Wales and with Robin Heath as Tour Guide

Sunday 15th – Tuesday 17th September 2019

VIP Wales are preparing a course to run on the above dates and have asked me to provide them a suggested itinerary. Enclosed below, in modular form, this is flexible to provide alternatives in the event of poor weather. At this stage it is preliminary but an indication of the extent and content of the Tour’s intent.

September is a great time to visit the Preseli region and the weekend of the 15-17th embraces the Full Moon period. The hectic holiday period during August has long since subsided, while the weather is often sunny and warm with gin clear skies and there is still enough daylight to be out and about until 7:30 or even 8pm. The longer shadows during the day make visiting megalithic sites more atmospheric.

Like the previous course , this one is based around the Cnapan Hotel and Restaurant in Newport, Pembs. There are several places for local people or those that would prefer to take an alternative option – bring a camper van or caravan, tent or book into a YHA Hostel.

For more details – visit the VIP website at info@vipwales.co.uk

For this second Megalithic tour, we introduce the role of Castell Mawr as the centre of a ‘Preseli Wheel’, and the undoubted significance of Gors Fawr as the principal and more or less complete surviving stone circle.

Each of the following ‘modules’ may be integrated into a bespoke tour by prior consultation with the client(s). Once this is defined, then the flexibility will centre around weather conditions and, importantly in Preseli, access to toilet facilities, which are limited, although Castell Henllys is a good venue for WC, books, prehistoric vibes and a coffee in bad weather!

PROPOSED MODULE LIST

Sunday – Module One. 3:00pm -6:30 Introduction and group assembly. Illustrated Presentation at Cnapan Hotel, emphasizing sites of the tour and their key qualities, as outlined below in brief.

Monday – 9:30 – 11am Module Two. Visit to Castell Mawr (The centre of a Preseli circle of megalithic sites and mountain summits, ).

            11:30 -12:30 Module Three. Visit to Pentre Ifan, then Llech y Drybedd dolmen (via Crug Cemaes)

Lunch at Llech y Drybedd  1:30 – 2pm

14:30 – 15:30 Module Four. Visit to Trellyfiant and Cerrig Coetan Arthur

Return to Cnapan HQ for tea (and discussion(?))

Tuesday – 9:30 – 12:00am  Module Five. Foel Drygarn and Carn Menyn – a visit to the Bluestone site.

                 12:00 – 13:00pm  Module Six. Practical laying out of a) an Aubrey calendar clock and b) lunation triangle to produce two types of soli-lunar calendar, also capable of predicting tides and eclipses.

(Undertaken at Carn Menyn if weather permits, else on lower more sheltered ground or, if wet, within a local indoor centre).

               13:00 – 13:30pm Lunch

               13:30 – 15:00pm Module Seven. Visit to Gors Fawr stone circle. Measure and discuss the geometry of this circle and the nearby summer solstice alignment. and then ditto for the various non-circular geometries of stone circles and the units of length that have been found within their designs.

~ 15:30pm return to Cnapan HQ.

Discussion and debrief. Books for sale.

Please note that none of the above is set in stone, unlike the actual megaliths, blue or otherwise, so it will be necessary to await the final form of this proposed programme in due course.