Tumulus at Garth Hill - kite view

This view of the valleys north of Cardiff was taken from a Canon EOS 350D attached to a kite line from Garth Hill. Garth Hill (also called Garth Mountain) is a mountain located in South Wales. It can be seen near enough all over the Welsh capital city of Cardiff, and on a sunny day as far as Weston-super-Mare across the Bristol Channel in the South West of England. It lies in the Taff Vale with the village of Pentyrch on one side and looks down onto the small village of Gwaelod-y-Garth. The Garth has a number of tumuli on its top. These date from the early to middle bronze age, around 2000 BC. They are burial sites.


A book was written about "Ffynnon Garw" which was made into a film The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain (1995). The location of Ffynnon Garw rather implies it is The Garth; however, the story is fictional. The popular movie has resulted in a stream of visitors climbing to the summit of Garth Mountain to view the location. It is also a popular location for people seeking magic mushrooms.


If you have google Earth, you don't need a kite or flickr - just go to www.nickrussill.com/garth.kmz


To see the setup I used for this shot, see www.flickr.com/photos/nickrussill/522212938/

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Taken on May 29, 2007
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