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Carn Llidi
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Highest point
Elevation 181 m (594 ft)
Prominence 122 m (400 ft)
Listing HuMP
English translation Cairn of the Gates
Language of name Welsh
Carn Llidi is located in Pembrokeshire
Carn Llidi
Carn Llidi
Location in Pembrokeshire
OS grid SM738280

Carn Llidi is a hill east of St David's Head in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Carn Llidi and its surrounding area is part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

The 594 feet (181 m) rocky hill stands in a prominent and isolated position dominating Whitesands Bay. On clear days, there are views west towards Ramsey Island and the Bishops and Clerks islets, and north towards Strumble Head; on clear evenings, in mid-summer at sunset, glimpses of the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland.


The area is rich in archaeology. Two burial chambers, presumed to be neolithic, are located on the higher southwest slopes of the hill. Another stone nearby may be the capstone of a megalithic chamber. Prehistoric enclosures and field systems are located to the northwest of the hill, near to an iron-age defensive wall.

During World War II, a Chain Home Low early-warning radar station was located on Carn Llidi. The concrete base and a Lewis gun pit remain.


The meaning of Carn Llidi could be either Cairn of the Gates or Cairn of Wrath.

Access to the summit

Carn Llidi from Whitesands Bay
Carn Llidi from Whitesands Bay

The walk which leads from a Whitesands Bay car park can take you to the summit either through Porthmawr Farm or via the coast path towards St Davids Head. The climb does not require any special hiking ability, but it is advisable to wear proper outdoor clothing.

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