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Carn Goch Iron Age Hill Fort

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Carn Goch Iron Age Hill Fort
Author: Mattreed, Published: 21 Nov 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Carmarthenshire,
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Carn Goch Iron Age Hill Fort
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A particularly striking example and one of the largest iron age hill forts in Wales can be found in the west of the Carn Goch national park impressively located on a hilltop whose presence dominates the surrounding countryside. This walk travels through the hill fort with its massive stone defences and also offers excellent views of the surrounding hills.

Carn Goch is one of the remotest parts of the Brecon Beacons National Park (SN 690 243). Head to the hamlet of Bethlehem three to four miles outside the small town of Llangadog. Just outside Bethlehem a narrow single track road traverses for 1 1/2 miles approximately until reaching a small car park where parking is available.

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Walk Sections

Start to standing stone
Start to standing stone

Start point: 51.901 lat, -3.9179 long
End point: 51.9014 lat, -3.9132 long

Starting at the car park, you will find a sign with a map of the area. Head up the hill following the footpath to the left of the map as you are facing it.

Standing stone to hill forts
Standing stone to hill forts

Start point: 51.9014 lat, -3.9132 long
End point: 51.901 lat, -3.9084 long

From the parking area a path winds up the hill passing through the smaller hillfort. You will pass on the way, a standing stone commemorating Gwynfor Evans, the first Plaid MP.

Hill forts to gate
Hill forts to gate

Start point: 51.901 lat, -3.9084 long
End point: 51.9006 lat, -3.8966 long

Follow the steep rough track until it brings you to the first of the stone ramparts. There are two hill forts at this location known as Y Gaer Fach (the small fort) and Y Gaer Fawr (the large fort). They occupy two separate summits on the same long ridge. The ground can be a little rough underfoot and the ramparts consist of loose stones which constantly move under your feet so considerable care needs to be taken. Traverse both forts and continue downhill to the small lane below. Once you reach this take a right turn and continue on until you reach a private gate.

Gate to road
Gate to road

Start point: 51.9006 lat, -3.8966 long
End point: 51.8984 lat, -3.9084 long

At the private gate, turn right and head back onto the lower reached of the hill keeping the fort well to your right. After a while you will reach a narrow road which is passable to traffic. There is a farm on your left - turn right onto the road.

Road to end
Road to end

Start point: 51.8984 lat, -3.9084 long
End point: 51.901 lat, -3.918 long

Continue along the road which takes you back to the car park.

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1 responses to "Carn Goch Iron Age Hill Fort"

loved it!

By ninoovcov on 2015-04-24 20:24:43

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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