Now with new signage
Now, ET to watch over us
probably operated with a smart phone 100s of km away
There had been a surprising amount of interest in this event, which I thought would be one of our events of the year, especially for curiosity value. Weather forescast was very yo-yo. On arrival a mist was falling.
Two cars arrived with people, and news that other people were waiting for us at the new visitor's centre. The road to this centre was very new too.
Well here we are, and the new plaque tells us we are at 'Cavan Burren Park'
such as this pic of the Calf House Dolmen
now in the woods as stone hut circles remains.
There's even a 'build your own dolmen kit'
Much of this area was a commercial Sitka Spruce plantation. These have been clear felled and cleared now. Where this path is now was dense forestry with no path no long ago. Future planting is going to be of native trees and a focus on leisure and tourism way ahead of commercial forestry.
In this area, Juniper trees are being planted in response to archeaologists discovering that Juniper was quite a common tree here at the time these megalithic structures were built here.
Now we are almost at our first ancient site, this afternoon.
Health and safety reasons I suppose.
This was the least visited ancient site in the forest to be visited. Now it is the nearest to the visitor's centre, so will be the most visited.
Here we shared several poems from the various poets among us such as
Bee and Sinead. I read Ur The Heather from Ogma's Tale Of The Trees
and at the end here is everyone singing Wild Mountain Thyme,
even while taking snaps and sending texts.
but Bee was rightfully directing us to other nearby less obvious
fascinating sites that most visitors will miss.
This first is showing us some of the ancient art on stones in a ring here.
Jan read us a story from here, YouTube version following soon.
Bee led those who wanted a leisurely walk to places near the Interpretaive centre and I led the others on the more gruelling adventure walk.
You can guess which one the dogs chose ...
seems to be taking over fast here
The zig zag path looking upwards,
but some of us hardy ones continued to what is my own favourite site here.
There used to be a sign to it here ...
and here it is
with some people from the other end of the planet
The mist was now gone, even some sun coming out,
but we had a wonderful afternoon with the best company
and the best turnout for Bards In The Woods this year.
Let the joy and popularity of this spread.