Historic Landscape Characterisation

Dolgellau - Area 17 Northern slopes of Cadair Idris (PRN 19196)



Historic background

This area of mountain slopes has remained largely unchanged since the 1838 tithe map, except that the 1901 OS map shows enclosure stopping at the line dividing this area from 16, and none of the drystone walls within area 17 appear to have been built. The lower slopes (area 16) contain a series of farms (such as Bryn-mawr and Tan y fedw) which are recorded as being in the township of Dyffrydan. The very top of the area (above the line marking the southern edge of the modern National Trust property) is marked as 'Common'.

There are several prehistoric sites here, particularly along the western edge of the area where there is a concentration of prehistoric cairns, and isolated standing stones and possible hut circles occur elsewhere. There are summit cairns along the ridge of the mountain. A series of impressive house platforms is located on the northern (lower) edge of the area, where the fields begin.

Key historic landscape characteristics

Prehistoric sites, open mountainside

This remote and bleak area comprises a ridge of open, rocky mountainside below the summit of Cadair Idris. There are isolated sites situated along the fringes of the area, but the main central block (much of which is owned by the National Trust) is so inaccessible and bleak that it does not even contain the straight drystone walls that are characteristic of many upland areas. All of the area lies within one of the largest SSSIs in Wales.

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