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.

Geography[edit]

The 181-metre (594 ft) high hill stands in a prominent and isolated position dominating Whitesands Bay (South-West).

The top of the hill hosts a large cairn. In clear days it offers a view on a long stretch of Pembrokeshire coastline, Ramsey Island and across the Irish Sea to the Wicklow mountains.[2][3]

Archaeology[edit]

The area is rich in archaeology. Two burial chambers, presumed to be neolithic, are located on the higher south-west 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 north-west of the hill,[6] near to an iron-age defensive wall.[7]

In the Second World War, a Chain Home Low early-warning radar station was located on Carn Llidi. The concrete base remains, together with a Lewis gun pit.[8]

Name[edit]

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

Access to the summit[edit]

Carn Llidi as seen from Whitesands Bay

The walk which leads from Whitesands Bay up to the summit does not require any special hiking ability, but is advisable wearing a proper outdoor clothing; the walk is considered quite easy.[10]

Conservation[edit]

Carn Llidi and its surrounding area is part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.[2]

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. 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.