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Carreg Samson, Pembrokeshire, South Wales
Image credit and © Littlestone
 
Access to Carreg Samson is via the farm lane from the main road, part of the farmyard and then a path alongside the field where the cromlech is situated. There is a large grass verge at the junction of the main road and farm lane where parking is possible. The site is rather uncared for, has no information board, and livestock are allowed access up to and even into the structure.
 
Administrative authority: CADW ( http://www.cadw.wales.gov.uk/ ).
Heritage Action Cared for Rating * (out of 5).
 
Suggested improvements: Better sign from the main road indicating location. Onsite information board. Landscaped area and barrier between monument and livestock. Signs instructing visitors not to climb on the stones.
 
See also moss’ feature on Three Cromlechs in Pembrokeshire here –http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/post/90264/weblog/three_cromlechs_in_pembrokeshire.html

The Welsh Rock Art Organisation (WRAO) Field School and Excavation 2010

Location: Newport, Pembrokeshire, South West Wales.
Dates: 3 November – 7 November 2010.

“Field work will include excavation, drawing, photography and survey work at several rock-art sites in the Preseli landscape. We will also be hunting for a stone which has passage grave art, similar to that found in Anglesey.

“Costs for the four full days of unique field work experience with lectures are £350 (concession for full time students £295), per person including up to 5 nights of accommodation, some evening meals and breakfast.”

More here – http://www.rock-art-in-wales.co.uk/top/events.html

Richard Jefferies (1848-1887)
 
Richard Jefferies was a novelist, naturalist and a mystic; he grew up in a house (now the Richard Jefferies Museum) close to Coate Water on the outskirts of Swindon. In his book, Wildlife in a Southern County, published in 1879, Jefferies writes of the Ridgeway –
  

A broad green track runs for many a long, long mile across the downs, now following the ridges, now winding past at the foot of a grassy slope, then stretching away through a cornfield and fallow. It is distinct from the wagon-tracks which cross it here and there, for these are local only, and, if traced up, land the wayfarer presently in a maze of fields, or end abruptly in the rickyard of a lone farmhouse. It is distinct from the hard roads of modern construction which also at wide intervals cross its course, dusty and glaringly white in the sunshine… With varying width, from twenty to fifty yards, it runs like a green ribbon… a width that allows a flock of sheep to travel easily side by side.

Richard Jefferies (1848-1887)

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