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Explore  Pendinas With Our  Fantastic New Map!

How well do you know Pendinas? Do you know that Pendinas, Penparcau, near Aberystwyth, is an Iron Age hillfort dating back over 2000 years? Do you know that Pendinas is the largest hillfort on Cardigan Bay, more complex than any other coastal hillfort from north Pembrokeshire to the Llŷn Peninsula?  Do you know that the Wellington Monument at the top of Pendinas commemorates the Battle of Waterloo? Do you know that Pendinas is a local nature reserve rich in wildlife as well as archaeology accessible from every direction and the perfect place for a walk?

All these aspects of Pendinas, and many more are celebrated and depicted in a wonderful colourful pictorial map by the contemporary artist Carys Tait, and commissioned by the Pendinas Hillfort Community Archaeology Project, one of the  lasting legacies from its two-year National Lottery Heritage Fund funded project.

This new map is a glorious bird’s eye view of Pendinas in the village of Penparcau, just south of Aberystwyth. The map is adorned with the wildlife – kite, buzzard, chough, and other birds, as well as the orange-tipped butterfly and even the (un!)common  lizard  – you can expect to see if you take the intriguing and rewarding walk up Pendinas.  The hillfort is shown at the intersection of several pedestrian and cycle routes: the celebrated Coastal Path, the Ystwyth Trail (along the old railway line), as well as the walks that weave up and around the banks and ditches of Pendinas.

Created by Carys Tait, known for her bold, detailed, and always engaging artwork, the map  vividly explores the themes of flora and fauna, history and archaeology, and embraces the sheer joy of getting out and about and exploring this magnificent hillfort. All these elements have been skilfully woven together pictorially  to create an indispensable and vibrant new map accessible to everyone.

Dr Toby Driver of the Commission, who has contributed much to the project success, is delighted with the map, saying:

‘We’re very happy with the new Pendinas access map, brilliantly drawn by Carys Tait. The Pendinas and Tan-y-bwlch Local Nature Reserve is a real treasure for all Aberystwyth residents, but sometimes it can be difficult to know just how to access it. This new map shows footpaths, car parks and all the archaeology and wildlife highlights visitors can see, including the mighty Pendinas hillfort! ’

Copies of this map will soon be available in a new free printed and digital publication on the hillfort. Discovering Pendinas Hillfort will be launched at the Pendinas Hillfort Festival of Archaeology at the Hub: the  Penparcau Community Centre , near Aberystwyth, on 27 July 2024. Everyone is welcome! The digital version will be available to download from the Commission’s online bookshop: https://shop.rcahmw.gov.uk/collections/downloads

Printed copies of the book will also be distributed to local schoolchildren and local groups. There are also plans to create a number of exhibition panels  displaying the map in local schools and the Penparcau Community Centre  as well as sharing the image with the County Council and other interested parties. To find out more, please contact Nicola Roberts: nicola.roberts@rcahmw.gov.uk

The Pendinas Hillfort Archaeology Project is a two-year partnership project between the Royal Commission and Heneb-The Trust for Welsh Archaeology (formerly Dyfed Archaeological Trust). Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, with additional support from Cadw, it has helped us to discover more about this spectacular Iron Age hillfort that dominates the heights above Penparcau, Aberystwyth. The project’s many activities included excavations, guided walks, working with local schools and community groups, extensive gorse clearance, as well as two Pendinas Archaeology Festivals. Don’t forget, come and join us on 27 July 2024 for the second festival, a day filled with fun activities, and the launch of our new free Pendinas booklet which celebrates the work of the project! For more information, please contact Beca Davies: beca.davies@rcahmw.gov.uk

Carys Tait is an independent designer and illustrator. For further information about her work, please visit her website: https://www.carys-ink.com/


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