British Folklore
Fairy Lore & Prehistoric Sites in Britain
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St. Lythans

St. Lythans

Known locally as gwal-y-filiast – kennel of the greyhound bitch - this single stone chamber is all that remains of a once much larger burial monument. The name may come from a variant of the Arthurian legend of Culhwch and Olwen, which appears in two fourteenth-century Welsh texts, but the site itself is very much older dating from the Neolithic period, some 5,000 to 6,000 years ago.

St Lythans is a type of monument known as a chambered long cairn and was originally covered by an earthen mound, probably similar to that found at its close neighbour, Tinkinswood.

It is said that on Midsummer Eve the stones whirl around three times and go down to the nearby river to bathe.