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Westow (Long Barrow)

Visited 30.7.17

Along a minor road, east of Kirkham Priory (EH site). OS map required.

The long barrow is in the field adjacent to Westow Grange farm. There is no public access into the field which is overlooked by the farmhouse.

The barrow is visible from the edge of the field as a grass covered mound approximately 1.5m high by 30m long.
Posted by CARL
6th August 2017ce

British Camp (Hillfort)

Visited 5.8.2017.

Three and a bit years on since my last visit, which was a claggy Easter day with visibility truncated by hazy mistiness. No such problems today, a rolling front of thunder has pushed its way up from the Black Mountains across Herefordshire, and the skies are clear and views are long in its wake.

No plan, just an entirely spontaneous diversion, jumping off a train at Hereford and catching a bus at Ledbury to emerge at the foot of the hill as the rain carries on to soak Worcester.

I decide to follow the lower rampart round the west side of the fort, which gives a great view of the ranks of earthworks climbing the flanks of the hillside, as well as beautiful unfolding panorama of Herefordshire. When I first came here in 2009, I hadn't explored the Black Mountains, or Radnor Forest, and my memories of the Clee Hills were from my childhood. All of these are in clear view today, as well as the Cotswolds escarpment to the southeast, Bredon Hill to the east and the ridiculously ubiquitous May Hill to the south. Three English counties and quite a bit of Wales to admire then.

In the years since that first visit I have come to recognise these distant hills, and the Malverns ridge is the common landmark visible from where I grew up and where I live now. The fort itself overawed me when I first came, and this third visit does nothing to diminish the impression of what must be one of the finest hillforts in these islands. The presence of other visitors, tiny specks against the serried rows of banks and ditches, serves only to enhance the sense of wonder.

I spend an hour walking the perimeter and up to the top, before reluctantly deciding to continue my broken journey. The thunderheads have broken over Worcester, and magnificent rainbows over Bredon and Cleeve Hill will follow later. Sometimes England is really very lovely.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
6th August 2017ce

Collinswood Farm (Round Barrow(s))

Visited 30.7.17

East of Sledmere on the B1253

The field was in crop (wheat). The barrow could still be made out as a low, long mound. It is only a matter of time until it has been completely ploughed out.
Posted by CARL
6th August 2017ce

Rudston Monolith (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Visited 1.8.17

Looking at my previous fieldnote I am back here exactly 2 years later - I had no idea!

When you are anywhere near the area of this hugely impressive stone you just have to visit. And it is just as impressive the second time around (no doubt also the third, fourth, fifth etc).

All was quiet in the churchyard (we were the only visitors), the sun was shining, the birds chirping - very peaceful on this late summer evening.

The stone still dominates the church, as it has always done. Rudstone is one of those special places that everyone should try to visit at least once in their lives.

*** Don't forget to check out the cist and Roman coffin lid in the corner of the churchyard under the trees.
Posted by CARL
6th August 2017ce

D50 Noord sleen (Hunebed)

Visited: July 17, 2017

On this, my third visit to the superb Hunebed D50 at Noord Sleen, I was at last blessed with warm summer weather and was able to enjoy the stones in glorious sunshine (last year heavy rain and gales forced me to retreat).

This excursion was pursued in a manner designed to allow several hours of pleasant woodland walking, and is one which I thoroughly recommend. I took the No 21 bus from Assen and alighted at the Voshaar bus halt, beside Recreation Center Rijmaaran (just south of the village of Schoonoord).

The walk started by entering the grounds of the Center and following the Hunebed sign directing visitors into the woodland and on to Hunebed D49 (the so-called Papeloze Kerk - blue marker). After inspecting the hunebed, I continued in the same direction for about 110 metres to a forestry road and headed south to Galgenberg, a large Bronze-Age burial mound (red marker).

From here, the walk continued through airy woodlands until the N381 highway was reached. Here a path leads left to a stile at the point where the woodland gives way to fields.

Cross the highway and straddle (or duck under) the single strand fence on the far side to gain the metalled road (Hunebedweg) leading to Hunebed D50, 400 metres farther on (green marker).

The total distance walked was just under 5 kilometres.

To complete my day, I continued south to the end of Hunebedweg and turned left along Zweelooerstraat into the village of Noord Sleen to catch the No 21 bus to Emmen, where I spent a further hour visiting Hunebed D43 Schimmeres (the langgraaf) and Hunebed D45 Emmerdennen.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
5th August 2017ce
Edited 8th August 2017ce

Waltham Down (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery)

Camping at East Dean a few weeks back I noticed on our OS map a small collection of barrows nearby just off a trackway. One of them was evidently bigger than the others as the symbol for it was a star with a surrounding dotted line. Intrigued we set off into the woods, the setting sun behind us.

Waltham Down barrow cemetery sits on the edge of the South Downs near East Dean, consisting of an arc of four reasonably large barrows and one particularly large mound. They're quite well hidden in the deciduous forest there and it's quite magical as you wander through and one by one they're presented to you, but the trees were only planted just after World War Two, so it may have been quite open originally and easily seen, not too dissimilar to the relatively close 'Devil's Jumps' site further West just off the South Downs Way. The largest barrow in the group is slightly isolated from the other four and has been dug into at some time and almost hollowed out, giving it the appearance of a sleeping volcano. Still standing over 2m in height it appears to be unusually constructed of flint nodules, more like a cairn than a barrow, as most barrows in this area are chalk rubble and earth constructions. We wandered around for a while and followed a sort of fossilised cart track through the woods until we came out into the opening overlooking Heath Hill, then retraced our steps through the woods into the dying rays of the setting sun.
A R Cane Posted by A R Cane
2nd August 2017ce

Maelmin Henge Reconstruction

Visited 26.7.17

Signposted from the village of Milfield, on the A697. There is a free carpark immediately adjacent to the site. Access is via a gate or the site can be viewed via a raised viewing platform.

This is an excellent place to visit. Access couldn't be easier and there are several information boards which have rather amusing cartoon-like drawings on them. You basically follow the path, reading the boards as you go. This reconstruction really gives a feel for how a henge would have looked like when originally built.

Alas the Mesolithic hut has now gone, although the information board relating to it is still there.
Posted by CARL
1st August 2017ce

Scarborough Castle (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

Visited 31.7.17

I guess a Summer holiday rainy day out in Scarborough is as close to being typically British as it is possible to get? Even down to the two smiling ladies enjoying their ice creams whilst sheltering under a brolly during a torrential down pour with thunder and lightning added as a bonus!

On the walk up to the castle myself and Dafydd sheltered in the porch of St Mary's church - during yet another down pour. Whilst there I spotted the grave of Anne Bronte - one of the famous writing sisters - although the closest I have ever come to any of their work is listening to the classic Kate Bush song!

Anyway, upon reaching the castle and looking around there is a series of information boards showing the history of the site. The first board shows an artistic impression on a Bronze Age settlement which was discovered during excavations. There is a well within the castle (also called St Mary's I think) which is thought to have been a water source for the Bronze Age folk. (From my experience of Scarborough all they would have had to do was tilt their heads backwards and open their mouths if they felt thirsty!)

There is also the remains of a Roman lighthouse at the castle -if you like that sort of thing?

Great coastal views to be had in all directions. No wonder the ancients set up home here. I wonder if they had problems with the seagulls nicking their chips as well? :)
Posted by CARL
1st August 2017ce

Dunstanburgh Castle (Promontory Fort)

Visited 28.7.17

To be honest the real reason I visited the site was in order to knock another English Heritage site off the list. From the castle sweeping views along the coast are to be had and it comes as no great surprise that this was once the site of a promontory fort.

It is a fair old walk to the castle from the car park in Craster (about 1.5 miles) but well worth it, particularly on a bright and breezy day.

As we passed the lifeguard station on the way back to the car the alarm went off and the RNLI sprang into action. A tiny tractor pulled the RIB out along the beach and into the water. Within minutes the rescue craft was roaring out of the harbour and out into sea. Apparently a swimmer had gone missing further up the coast. Hopefully it was a happy ending?
Posted by CARL
1st August 2017ce

Duggleby Howe

Visited 30.7.17

This impressive barrow stands next to the village of the same name. Despite its size we somehow managed to drive past it on first approach!

Access was no problem as the field had been harvested although the barrow itself was covered in fairly high rough grass so had an 'unkempt' look about it - a bit like me really - and only a bit older! ;)
Posted by CARL
1st August 2017ce

Kemp Howe (Long Barrow)

Visited 30.7.17

A short distance east of Sledmere, next to the B1253.

Although the field was still in crop (wheat) it was just about possible to spot the barrow as a long, low 'bump'. No doubt that within a few years it will have been completely ploughed out.

If you are in the area take time to visit the fantastic First World War memorial in Sledmere. It is also next to the B1253. A superb piece of stone masonry which tells an important story.
Posted by CARL
1st August 2017ce

Prudhoe Castle (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

Visited 29.7.17

This is what I call a 'win - win', the chance to visit a new English Heritage site and see an 'old stone' at the same time!

The stone is just outside the door you pay to get into the castle (gratis for me due to my trusty CADW card!). There is a metal sign next to the stone which gives basic information. The cup and rings are quite worn but as far as I could tell (the light was not ideal) the top two cups had two rings around them whilst the bottom one had a single ring?

Well worth visiting if in the area - as is the castle. If you only wanted to see the stone you could get away without paying to get into the castle!
Posted by CARL
31st July 2017ce

Gladsax 8:1 (Passage Grave)

400m north of and clearly visible from it .
The passage ,at 136 degrees , is one of the few with a possible winter solstice sunrise alignment .
The capstone has 11 ships ,animal figures and 90 cup marks .
Finds included a large amount of ceramic, flint fragments, 5 amber pearls, 3 arrows , 2 pins and a slate pendant.
tiompan Posted by tiompan
31st July 2017ce

Scockness (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

One day I manaaged to walk from the pier on Rousay as far as Scockness. After navigating a field gate I followed the irregular shoreline to reach one of those enigmatic traditional 'Picts underground houses', which sits on a spit of land between Mae Sand and a tidal pond. From my visit it looks like as if it has been excavated at least once, with a slight hollow on the top and the pond-side rather too regular for simple erosion to my mind, and I fondly imagine the removal of a rectangular feature.
On the other side of the hill, by the N end of the Loch of Scockness, and only seperated from the sea by South Sand storm beach, is the Taft o' Faraclett Broch excavated in 1857. And up on the hill at Scockness Farm in 1994 an excavator hole showed that the chapel and burial ground had been built on a settlement mound also probably Iron Age. The Yetnasteeen standing stone is on the opposite hillside, a hill topped by the Faraclett mound that may be simply 'natural'.
wideford Posted by wideford
29th July 2017ce

Innerleithen Parish Church (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

Failed visit 25.7.17

How many churches can one (relatively) small place have? Clearly one too many for me as I failed to find the right church!

I visited 5 - one converted to appartments, one in the process of conversion and 3 wrong ones!

If you happen to know which is the correct church perhaps you can provide the name and directions on how to find it - for people like me! :)
Posted by CARL
25th July 2017ce

Cardrona Mains (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Visited 25.7.17

Immediately south of the A72 - signposted Cardrona.

The stone was visible from the road - just! Access is over an old wooden field gate.

Since the photos were taken nature has taken over and the entire field is now covered in chest height vegetation, including brambles, thistles and nettles-far from ideal when wearing shorts! (at least I found some wild raspberries to pick - although the children ate them all!)

The stone is a decent size, approximately 4ft high x 1.5ft wide. The stone has a pronounced lean and is covered in white and yellow lichen. A large yellow snail clung to one side.

Worth seeking out when in the area.
Posted by CARL
25th July 2017ce

The White Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Visited 25.7.17

The stone is easy to spot being on the main road out of Peebles. Parking is also easy.

It is nice that this stone has been respected and cared for all these years. It says something that there was no sign of any graffiti or litter spoiling the stone. I would put the stone at approximately 1metre round.

Well worth looking out for when visiting Peebles - which is a very nice town. (and has an Historic Scotland site - that's another one off the list!) :)
Posted by CARL
25th July 2017ce

Hill Of Milleath (Stone Circle)

From the cairn at nearby Black Hill we headed straight east over a fence looking for a supposed track through the Ba Muir wood almost reaching the site of the long gone RSC. This detour was to prove fortunate as it is known that some of the stones from the circle had been dumped in a heap in or near a wall.

We followed the tree line back north west, then north which led to a clearing for power lines heading east. This led past the ruins of Gingomyres and several piles of stones. Follow this until another clearing that heads southwards. At this point a wall begins which leads to a pile of stones at NJ4627142920. Two of the stones are possible candidates for flankers, possibly a there is a candidate for a recumbent and also a stone that looked like it was made for a circle. We battled our way into the darkness of the wood and the parallel trees. Nothing remains of the site, completely obliterated.

From here we decided to go over the Hill Of Milleath on the way back to the car. This started well but soon A and B wished they had longer legs as the track up hill was totally overgrown with tall furze and gorse. I meanwhile skipped over the growth gracefully or battered through it. The trig is still at the top but the tumuli have long gone. Down the other side following a fence proved slightly easier, coming out near the Backtack Cairn.

Visited 3/6/2017.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
25th July 2017ce

Black Hill (Cairn(s))

Of the three cairns on Black Hill one is covered in gorse and furze, NJ46004288, a second has vanished NJ46264291 leaving a third at NJ46284291 as the sole survivor.

It has also taken a battering but still survives at 4m wide and 0.3 tall. Traces of a kerb are visible and the centre has been dug into. Situated on the shoulder between the Black Hill and the Hill Of Milleath the cairn has views of Knock Hill to the north and Tap Of Noth to the south.

We parked at bottom of the hill near the Mains Of Cairnborrow, on the A920, and headed straight up the hill through the wind farm. The cairn is on the east side of the hill. It was then on to see if anything remained of the Hill Of Milleath RSC.

Visited 3/6/2017.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
25th July 2017ce

Tomfat West (Cairn(s))

Now the walk north from Cloughmor Stone is best described as varied and never good until over the last deer fence.

We, the dog and I, retraced our steps back to the main forestry track and headed straight over it into the boggy trees. Once through this it becomes an open nightmare to walk. However like idiots we literally ploughed on over tree stumps, jumping mini lochs, streams and often I landed in them. Meanwhile the aforementioned dog had a great time. The next obstacle was a deer fence which we followed north then east until an open gate which had a boggy stream underneath. Through, over or into this and keep heading north skimming the edge of a loch. Another deer fence will appear which somehow the dog squeezed through and I climbed over.

At last underfoot conditions improved as we headed straight for the cairn, a welcome sight. Not many people reach here which isn't surprising as the driest way would be to approach from the north. (or parachute in :-) )

Sitting at 18m wide and in parts well over 1m tall this cairn has good views over the flattish terrain. It's in good company if somewhat isolated. Sadly the cairn has been abused by wind breaks or shooting butts, as Canmore suggests. The centre has been opened up to reveal some slabs but no clear evidence of cist or a chamber. Despite our troubles getting there I liked this place and its complete silence.

Getting back to the car to complete the first walk proved much drier and easier. We followed the deer fence north until we spotted the Black Wood Of Leys West cairn over another fence. This led back to the B861 and an easy walk back south to the car.

Visited 30/6/2017.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
24th July 2017ce
Edited 25th July 2017ce

The Reesk (Cairn(s))

The Reesk is set amongst the maze of tracks made by the forestry people and the farmers of bygone days. This is a difficult place to find but I'll do my best. From Huntly take the A920 west and take the first minor road heading south just before the bridge that crosses the River Deveron. The road will swing west for a short distance, then take the next minor road south. Keep going until this road ends. This goes past the Bowmanhill Stone Circle and the cairns on Bar Hill.

Take the track heading west which leads to Baillesward, then south west (this part is a fallen tree nightmare) and keep heading in a semi circular fashion gradually west as the track improves. This will lead to a sub station for nearby wind turbines. Just beyond, over a wee bridge there is a lorry reverse space. Climb to the top of this and in front you will enter an almost hidden world. A very old road, a hollow way, leads almost to the cairn.

The cairn is slightly to the north of the old road and is in a very battered condition due to the forest agriculture. What is left are a couple of kerbs defiantly standing in place and a probable cist with its small capstone missing. A candidate for this job lies propped against a tree. It can just about be made out that the site would almost be 10m wide. An interesting place despite its condition.

On the way back we avoided the fallen trees by heading further east which in turn swung back to our starting place.

This is a long walk but the good news is that most of the tracks are in very good condition even the old hollow way. Beware of fallen trees just after Baillesward.

Visited 27/5/2017.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
24th July 2017ce

Little Hill (Enclosure)

I parked at the uninhabited farm of Tilphoudie on the first minor road heading north to the east of Aboyne. (home of the Image Wood Stone Circle) To get to the enclosure follow the fence up the hill until it meets another. Over this and keep going.

Although overgrown at this time of year, a winter time visit would be better, the surrounding wall of the 27m wide enclosure can be seen all the way round. Several big boulders have also been placed in the wall. A gap in the wall on the eastern side marks the entrance.

Tremendous views of Dee-side and the valley to the east and south.

Little Hill is in the shadow of the bigger hill Mortlich to the north west, home to a hillfort.

Visited 15/6/2017.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
24th July 2017ce

Lunnabjär aka Borrby 3:1 (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery)

A group of nine Bronze Age barrows and five urn graves discovered in 1934 and recently cleared .
Finds were human remains , bronze knives tweezers and a tutulus (circular bronze ornament with projecting central point , associated with female burials e.g. Egtved girl . See :! )
tiompan Posted by tiompan
23rd July 2017ce

Kampsheide (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery)

Visited: July 17, 2017

Less than a half kilometre north of Tumulibos lies Kampsheide, a beautiful, compact region surrounding a large kettle-hole lake. The area is a mix of woodland and heath, and paths abound making it a delightful area for walking and enjoying wildlife. The map below illustrates the area and its surroundings, just west of the village of Balloo and a kilometre north of the main Assen-Rolde road. Kampsheide takes its name from the neighbouring Kamps Farm (Bourderij Kamps), and means simply Kamps heathland (not a campsite at all).

Kampsheide is but a remnant of a former much larger cemetery, and contains some fifty grave mounds of varying sizes as well as traces of Celtic Fields. The markers on the map above, shown in greater detail below, indicate the locations of some of the more prominent mounds.

Whatever your interests, this is a wonderful area to explore. I only encountered five of the grave mounds: the determined explorer will surely locate many more.

Information plaques are found by some of the mounds, stating roughly:
The grave mounds that lie in this part of Kampsheide make up part of a much larger prehistoric cemetery that stretched farther to the southwest. Already, by 1833 at the request of C J C Reuvens, the first professor of archeology in the world, a drawing had been made of the environment of this cemetery

Most likely the mounds that you see here today are grave monuments from the Iron Age, between 800 BC and the beginning of the Christian Era. During this period, it was usual to collect the remains of the cremated dead and bury them in an urn. The interment was then covered by a mound. This kind of mound is called a brandheuvel (fire hill). The simple objects that the dead took with them were usually burned (with the bodies).
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
22nd July 2017ce

Tumulibos (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery)

Visited: July 17, 2017

More than 35 prehistoric tombs have been preserved in the Tumulibos, a small wooded area located immediately north of the the Assen-Rolde road, less than two kilometres west of the village of Rolde.

Originally a much larger cemetery existed here, and as recently as 1833 over 150 grave mounds still existed. But countless graves have fallen victim to local exploitation over the years and today only these 35 or so mounds remain. The graves in this group span a period of roughly 2500 years, the oldest ones dating from around 2900 BCE. The most recent mounds—those dating since 1100 BCE—contain exclusively cremated remains, and are referred to as 'fire hills'.

It's thanks to the Province of Drenthe that this group of prehistoric graves has survived at all, as they had the foresight to purchase the area in 1856, thus guaranteeing its future safety. Stichting Het Drentse Landschap has administered the Tumulibos since 2001. The word tumulibos simply means a ‘wood with grave mounds’—tumulus being Latin for grave mound.

To visit the Tumulibos, take either the No 21 or No 24 bus from Assen and alight at the stop: 'Weg naar Balloo'. Immediately north, across the main road, is Tumuliboslaan, the lane that borders Tumulibos on its east. The entire woodland is very compact, measuring only 240 × 280 metres.

As you walk up Tumuliboslaan you will see several grave mounds under the trees just a few metres into the woodland on your left. Just short of the northern boundary of the woodland, a footpath leads left and meanders between the tall beech trees, taking you past numerous impressive graves, most carpeted with fallen beech leaves. You just cannot miss them.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
21st July 2017ce
Edited 22nd July 2017ce
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