Bwlch y Ddeufaen

For me stone-chasing presents something of a problem. I love the more out of the way sites for their remoteness, tranquillity and quiet air, Burnsie at Bwlch y Ddeufaenhowever, the mere contemplation of the energy expenditure required to find them fills me with dread. Indeed a titanic struggle is played out in my mind before any excursion that may involve leaving sight of the car. Why oh why didn't our ancestors bury and honour their dead closer to the road? Remarkably the collection of stones in North Wales known as Bwlch y Ddeufaen come very close to solving this seemingly insurmountable problem.

In an amazing act of foresight by the ancients, these stones have not only been placed in easy reach of the car but they also occupy an area of windswept moorland, which feels very isolated and far from the madding crowd. Simply follow the small road that runs uphill out of the village of Rowen near Conwy until it terminates in a little parking area. Then follow the path away from the road over a bump in the ground, which then hides the road and car-park and you will find yourself on a dirty great moor. The larger stones are just visible further along the track and can be reached without any great hardship.

The stones themselves are not the most impressive you will have seen but there are plenty of them.Burnsie with the Bwlch y Ddeufaen stones There are two large stones, one of which is quite impressive come to think of it, and several smaller stones scattered about in no particular order or shape. Some are very little indeed and barely visible above the heather, which was fairly short when we visited. Still its good fun trying to see how many stones you can spot. The moor is very chilled (and windy) so you could easily forget how close to the modern world you actually are. Well, apart from the dozens of massive electricity pylons that march off across the moor in a scene reminiscent of War of the Worlds...did I not mention them?