Carn Llidi

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Carn Llidi
Carn Llidi (8397).jpg
Highest point
Elevation181 m (594 ft) [1]
Prominence122 m (400 ft) [1]
ListingHuMP
Coordinates51°54′16″N 5°17′23″W / 51.90456°N 5.28967°W / 51.90456; -5.28967Coordinates: 51°54′16″N 5°17′23″W / 51.90456°N 5.28967°W / 51.90456; -5.28967
Naming
English translationCairn of the Gates
Language of nameWelsh
Geography
OS gridSM738280

Carn Llidi is a hill east of St David's Head in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Carn Llidi and its surrounding area is part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.[2]

The 594 feet (181 m) rocky hill stands in a prominent and isolated position dominating Whitesands Bay. On clear days, there are views west towards Ramsey Island and the Bishops and Clerks islets, and north towards Strumble Head; on clear evenings, in mid-summer at sunset, glimpses of the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland.[2][3]

Archaeology[edit]

The area is rich in archaeology. Two burial chambers, presumed to be neolithic, are located on the higher southwest slopes of the hill.[4] Another stone nearby may be the capstone of a megalithic chamber.[5] Prehistoric enclosures and field systems are located to the northwest of the hill,[6] near to an iron-age defensive wall.[7]

During World War II, a Chain Home Low early-warning radar station was located on Carn Llidi. The concrete base and a Lewis gun pit remain.[8]

Name[edit]

The meaning of Carn Llidi could be either Cairn of the Gates or Cairn of Wrath.[9]

Access to the summit[edit]

Carn Llidi from Whitesands Bay

The walk which leads from a Whitesands Bay car park can take you to the summit either through Porthmawr Farm or via the coast path towards St.Davids Head. The climb does not require any special hiking ability, but is advisable wearing proper outdoor clothing.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Carn Llidi". Hill Bagging. Retrieved 2017-02-03.[self-published source]
  2. ^ a b "Places to visit on the St Davids Peninsula". Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  3. ^ Dennis Kelsall, Jan Kelsall (2012). Walking in Pembrokeshire: 41 circular walks in the national park. Cicerone Press. p. 69. ISBN 9781849655194. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  4. ^ "Carn Llidi, Burial Chambers". Coflein. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Carn Llidi, Stone S of". Coflein. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Carn Llidi Enclosures; Penmaen Dewi Field System, St David's Head". Coflein. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Carn Llidi Defensive Wall". Coflein. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  8. ^ "St David's Head". Experience Pembrokeshire. Archived from the original on 4 February 2017. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  9. ^ Anon. "Dolmens and cairns:others". Pembrokeshire Virtual Museum. Pembrokeshire County Council. Retrieved 12 January 2010.[dead link]
  10. ^ Jacinta Ashworth. "Walk 2057 - St. David's Head & Carn Llidi". www.walkingbritain.co.uk. Retrieved February 3, 2017.