Warriors Dyke was named by Sabine Baring Gould a vicar of the 19th Century, who also wrote hymns, beside books on antiquities, mostly of Europe. He excavated here and found the usual bits of pottery, charcoal and faience beads, plus to my joy, spinning whorls. Sadly any 19th C excavation messes up the site so that any future more valuable excavation has all the evidence destroyed.
Getting there involves a walk from the popular Whitesand beach, up the side of the cliffs and through the gate onto the moor. You will be faced with a shallow valley to cross with a stream running through it.
To your right is Carn Llidi with its double cromlech, which we did'nt visit this year; the tomb is hidden, or huddles, against the rock face and in front of it is an old WW2 platform, it takes some finding.
But to return to the settlement, fort is not quite the right word, over in the distance on St.Davids Head you will see another cromlech this is Coetan Arthur, again hidden in a jumble of rocks, but its capstone stands clearly against the sky. Coetan Arthur is framed between two outcrops, the westward is the settlement, and you can find it either by taking the path that goes along the cliff edge, or by heading for the outcrops and walking along the top - a much safer option.
|Coetan Arthur cromlech|
|I photographed five but they are all very similar.|
The settlement is defended by three banks of stones, two very small, whilst the inner one is massive, and tumbles down in a dramatic manner. Go inside and you will find a small grassy enclosure covered in stones. There are six stone hut circles here, we found five, the stones haphazardly arranged in circles, presumably the huts would have been thatched with the reeds you find in the boggy marsh valley, but trees around the coast are usually non-existent due to storms, only gorse and heather survive the weather and quite a few wild flowers of course. Sabine Gould says the huts were co-joined but in will need another trip to confirm this!
|Toadflax lots of it around|
|Devil's bit scabious|