Trefignath

Stone-chasing can be an arduous business at the best of times. Some stones are so small or remote that you can spend hours tramping about windy moor land only to suffer every lazy chill seeker's worst nightmare: contact failure. Burnsie at TrefignathHaving obtained this state of inverse nirvana on several occasions I thought I had all bases covered when I struck out to find Anglesey's Trefignath long cairn: I took a map. Imagine then, if you can, my utter horror upon discovering that the goal posts had moved and a large semi-built road had appeared where there was no road before. My map was out of date and now all I had at my disposal was my own guile and tenacity. I therefore opted to ask a friendly local for directions.

Until the road construction is completed the best way to the tomb is to follow the B4545 out of Trearddur towards Holy Head. Take the turn on the right in between a cafe and a small boat yard. This road becomes very narrow but does indeed lead to Trefignath. However, when we visited (September 2008), even this road was completely blocked forcing us to abandon the car and walk the last hundred feet. This left me holy unimpressed as there is clearly a little parking spot for visitors right next to the style entrance!

Despite all this hardship Trefignath is really quite impressive. A helpful notice board tells us that this Neolithic tomb was constructed in three stages over an extended period. Each of these stages is just about discernable amongst the masses of small slate grey stones that litter the site. Easily the best feature is the third chamber, which is close to its original form but for one of the uprights having been replaced by some bricks! I imagine that this site would have been quite something in its day when it was pristine as the area it covers is actually quite large.

The road debacle did give us the site to ourselves when we visited, which I obviously can't guarantee when it's completed, and it was a beautifully warm late summer day, nevertheless this is a fairly unusual collection of Stones in a Field that I heartily recommend.

Oh! Apart from the large road under construction within a few metres of this 5000 year old monument there is also a colossal aluminium smelting works about a third of a mile away. Ho Hum!