Legends of Arthur and bellowing cows…
This impressive burial chamber on the Llŷn Peninsula probably dates from the late 4th to early 3rd millennium BC. It lies on the north-east facing slope of Mynydd Cefn Amlwch, with stunning views towards Carn Fadryn. The tomb consists of a large capstone supported by three upright stones and stands around 1.5 metres (5 feet) high. Preliminary examinations conducted at the site suggest that the chamber was once covered by a cairn of stones some 8.5 metres (28 feet) in diameter, but this has yet to be confirmed.The structure is fenced off from cattle,but is easily visible from a footpath at the nearby minor road approximately 1 mile south of Tudweiliog.
Mynydd Cefn Amwlch is also known by the alternative name of Coetan Arthur, or Arthur’s Quoit. Legend has it that Arthur the Giant threw the great capstone from Carn Fadrun, a mountain several miles away. His wife then carried the three upright stones in her apron and set the capstone upon them in their present location.
Frances Lynch, in her book Gwynedd: A Guide to Ancient and Historic Wales, relates another intriguing legend associated with the site. It is said that the chamber was once destroyed by the farmer who owned the land upon which it sits. But the cows grazing in the field were so distressed by this wanton act of vandalism that they bellowed incessantly until the tomb was rebuilt.
- Accessible by Public Transport
From Tudweiliog take B4417 for 1. 1/2 miles then turn left for Sarn Meyllteyrn. Tomb is in field on the left hand side approx 1/2 mile from junction
Pwllheli - 12 miles
Nearest bus stop Tudweiliog - approx 1 1/2 miles
On road cycling
Footpath along side of field. Field is Private Land.
Walking boots recommended
Full Figure Grid Reference: SH 229345
OS Landranger map sheet: 123
- Mynydd Cefn Amlwch, Tudweiliog