Barclodiad Y Gawres is a Neolithic burial chamber on Anglesey. You can go inside on weekends or bank holidays if you ask for the key from the local shop. We went on a blustery May day with rain threatening in the west. The skies were gunmetal and white horses were crashing in bringing surfers scurrying to the beaches of Rhosneigr and Cable Bay.
It’s easy to see why the early farmers built the chamber here. It sits out on an outcrop of rock with views westwards to Holyhead Mountain and east along the Anglesey coast and across the sea to Lleyn Peninsula and beyond. It’s a splendid view and, like the Iron Age roundhouses we visited at Llynnon Mill, stepping inside is like entering a vacuum.
Apparently there are early Irish influences in the drawings on the rocks and the chamber resembles those in the Boyne Valley closely.
Sadly, the chamber is locked most of the time but it is well worth visiting. As we made our way back rain slanted in like needles. Even the kayakers and surfers ran for their coffee and towels. Rain pocked the sand and dashed off the dry-stone walls. The westerly wind puffed out its cheeks and howled. You couldn’t be further from a centrally heated office. Wonderful. Read about Cable Bay here.