My thanks to Howard for supplying the text and pictures on this page, it is always nice for me to see views of the old country (however damp), as well as adding another obscure stone circle to the catalogue of those which can be seen on-line.

The Stone circle at Tyfos is south of the main route between Corwen and Bala and north of the river Dee. It is close to a single track road which runs along the north side of the Dee and can be easily seen from the road. A good map will be a help in following the roads in the area e.g. Ordance Survey Landranger 125 Bala and Lake Vyrnwy (2 cm to 1 km).

The damp Tyfos vista

From the picture above there are clear signs of an encircling bank. The stones seem to be set on the inside of the bank, now very much eroded. This type of embanked stone circle is quite common in Derbyshire but I am not sure of how many Welsh circles display this characteristic.

Tyfos can be found on the OS map at reference SJ028388. Burl gives its full name as 'Tyfos-uchaf' the high, ditched house. Some have interpreted the site as a dismantled ring cairn, that is a circular bank of earth, in which the larger stones are simply ballast. The remains of the central mound can be seen inside the circle to the right of the centre in this photo. There are similarities however, with the circle at Bryn Cader Faner, where a cairn was added to an extant stone circle.