History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
There are larger slabs, some overlapping, on top of the cairn. At the centre is a badly damaged burial cist. It must have been lined with stone slabs on all sides, but only one small slab remains, on the west side of the cist. The cist was covered by a cover stone, roughly oval in shape and over 6 feet long. This has now been displaced, revealing the cist.
Written records suggest that the cairn was opened in 1700, and burnt bones and cremation urns were found. In 1875 a series of 3 parallel rectangular cists were mentioned, but there is no sign of these today. In fact, the most obvious thing to see is the modern concrete OS trig marker which intrudes into the cairn.
There are several Bronze Age round cairns to the north and south. The Roman road of Sarn Helen runs nearby, and just a few hundred yards down the hill is the Gelligaer standing stone, leaning at an acute angle but somehow still upright!
Getting ThereThe cairn stands on the summit of the hill, reached by several footpaths. One starts beside the burial ground at Pentwyn, to the north, and another from the Parc Cwm Darran visitor centre north west of Bargoed at SO113034.
About Carn Bugail
Address: Deri, Glamorgan, Wales
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site
Location: 3.5 miles north west of Deri at the summit of Cefn Gelligaer
OS: SO100 036
Photo Credit: John Lord, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Penydarren Roman Fort - 3.7 miles (Roman Site)
Llancaiach Fawr Manor and Living History Museum - 4.3 miles (Historic House)
Gelligaer Military Station - 4.6 miles (Roman Site)
Morlais Castle - 4.9 miles (Castle)
Mynydd Y Gelli (Welsh Stonehenge) - 9.6 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Blaenavon Ironworks - 10 miles (Museum)
Penderyn, St Cynog Church - 10.2 miles (Historic Church)
Caerphilly Roman Fort - 10.7 miles (Roman Site)
Nearest Accommodation to Carn Bugail: