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Pentre Ifan

This large burial chamber is made up of three large stones with a capstone and there is a solitary standing stone close by. The site, which is thought to date back to 3500 BC, is about five miles southeast of Newport (Welsh: Trefdraeth which can be translated into English as "town by the beach"), in Pembrokeshire (Welsh: Sir Benfro). Pentre Ifan is off the A487 and within Pembrokeshire Coast National Park (Welsh: Parc Cenedlaethol Arfordir Penfro).

It is a neolithic dolmen which is a type of single-chamber megalithic tomb dating to the Neolithic period (4000 to 3000 BC). It is the largest and best preserved in Wales. The capstone weighs over 16 tonnes; it is 16ft 6in (5m) long and 8ft (2.4m) above the ground, resting on three uprights. There are six upright stones; the three which support the capstone and two portal stones form an entrance with the third standing at an angle that would have been across the doorway. The site is managed by Cadw, who have produced a CGI video that allows us to see what the original burial chamber would have looked like.

On a beautiful day clear blue skies can form a marvelous backdrop. However, different weather conditions can change the perspective. When dark brooding clouds appear to highlight the stones in a particular way that give it a magical presence. In the Celtic lands folklore associates ancient stones like this as portals to the Otherworld. Pentre Ifan is no different with old stories of supernatural beings and fairies having been seen by the tomb. It is definately a place worth visiting. It is in a wonderful location and Parc Cenedlaethol Arfordir Penfro is a haven for wildlife, spectacular scenery, hill and coastal walks along with many more places of historic interest to visit.

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