Fifteen Days Out in South Wales – Pentre Ifan

As you may know, the bluestones in Stonehenge came from the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire, no one knows how, transported by someone, like Neolithic slaves, or maybe by something, like glaciers.

The Preseli Hills are impressive. On clear days you can see as far as the Brecon Beacons to the east, the Snowdonia to the North and Ireland to the West. All around is summer flowers, dotted with forts and stone circles, and cut by an ancient public path dating back 5000 years, the Golden Route, which runs from Wessex to Ireland.


Finding a huge dolmen on top of a grassy hill sounds like an easy task, bu the first time we tried to reach Pentre Ifan we go lost in the Ty Canol wood instead. Actually, we were not lost, we just could not find the dolmen. The woodland is ancient, rich in native trees and lichens, the same that used to cover the area in Neolithic times. It’s fascinating place. From the thick of the wood you simply cannot see the dolmen, which stands on top of a nearby hill. In the woodland we met a family who claimed they used to have a cottage nearby and still got lost and could not find the dolmen, and two Indian couples wearing the wrong footwear (sparkly sandals in the mud).

From Pentre Ifan the Ty Canol wood looks dark and impenetrable.