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Clashmach (Ring Cairn)

After the A96/97 roundabout on the Keith side, at Huntly, take the first minor road heading south signposted Tullochbeg. I parked at the mart car park a few yards down this road.

From here follow the minor road and continue on the track heading up the Clashmach Hill. Today it was wintry and very cold but at least it wasn't windy. The condition of this track is variable at the best of times but the frost had at least stopped a mud bath. About 2/3s of the way up there are some sharpish corners, from here I jumped the fence and headed south.

Climb another fence and follow the next one, it leads straight to the site. This is a beautiful location for a cairn. Stunning views north to Knock Hill, down onto Huntly and almost the whole north east. Very easy to see why this place was chosen.

The site is about 6m wide and has several earthfast stones still in place. Some stones have been dumped in the middle but the site seems relatively unharmed. What might be a cist still sits in the middle of the strewn clearance.

A truly stunning view from this place and I look forward to coming back in slightly warmer conditions. With the weather to the south apparently heading my way it was time to walk to Allrick Hill and it's bonny wee cairn.

Visited 2/1/2017.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
28th January 2017ce

Pittenderich (Cairn(s))

Heading North East from Tarland take the B9119, going past the Culsh souterrain, take the first minor road heading north after this show site. Les and I pulled in at the forestry track at the Hallhead Plantation. These tracks head eventually to top of Pressendye and we followed one of them as a path indicated on our maps had vanished, we assumed it was thanks to the new track we were on.

We kept going on through the Hallhead Plantation looking for a crossroads which never appeared. Pittenderich is to the south and we hoped this road would lead us to a clearing. It didn't so we kept going a short distance until the road headed sharply north, we headed south cutting through the trees, jumped the fence and landed in a field just to the north of the ruined croft of Burnside.

The track at Burnside is a boggy mess but at least it led over the burn onto a track heading south up Pittenderich. Shortly after the track veers west a small track, today covered in snow, heads steeply upwards to the flat summit of Pittenderich.

There is a huge cairn on the summit. It sits at over 20m in diameter and is at least 3m high. As usual hill walkers have plonked their cairn on top. Four wind breaks (used as benches) have also been built into the cairn. All round this site are hills covered in prehistory - Pressendye, Morven, Mulloch, Cairn More etc etc - all with similarly large cairns. How this cairn isn't listed anywhere is unbelievable. To me, it is one of the best Aberdeenshire cairns I've seen. (I'm sure Les was impressed also)

On the way down we retraced our steps to Burnside. This time we followed the tree line east as a track of sorts did exist. After field of heather a newish track appears which led us back to the new forestry road. The old track hadn't vanished, they had simply built a new road next to the older which hid the original track round the side of forest from view.

It should be said that Thelonius encouraged me/us to have a look up here as did the Mad Man of Glass. So after a day of looking at nice wee cairns it was good to look at an absolute belter.

Update

Historic Scotland have been informed about this site. Aberdeenshire Archaeology are going to the survey the site. Also a track will lead to the summit of Pittenderich later this year.

Visited 29/12/2016.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
27th January 2017ce

Dolmen de Vinyes Mortes 2 (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech)

Discovered in 1947 . Only finds were small amount of ceramics .
90 metres from
http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/site/18047 /dolmen_de_vinyes_mortes_1.html
, horizon very similar , orientation of chambers differ by 60 degrees .
tiompan Posted by tiompan
24th January 2017ce

Dolmen de Morelles (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech)

Discovered in the early 1970's. A Flint Knife and small amount of ceramics were found when excavated . Orientation of chamber and passage is 170 degrees and therefore not facing any solar or lunar set or rise . tiompan Posted by tiompan
20th January 2017ce

Cherhill Down and Oldbury (Hillfort)

I called here on my way to my parents near Swindon and hadn’t been here for more than 20 years prior to this. It’s very easy to locate owing to the Lansdowne Monument, a 38m stone obelisk on Cherhill Down visible from both the A4 and the A361. Because of its proximity to Avebury, Silbury Hill, West Kennet Long Barrow, et al., the area is littered with sites from the Neolithic to the Iron Age and also includes more recent works like the white horse cut in 1780. I parked at the run off East of the hill fort in what must have been the Old Bath Road before it was metalled and straightened somewhat and made my way past the gallops and up towards the top of the Down. The path isn’t very obvious from this direction, but you do get to see a lot of earthworks which may, or may not, be connected with the hill fort. Some may be hut circles or animal pens, others might be dew ponds or slightly unambitious chalk quarries. Reaching the South East corner (it’s not round!) of the hill fort you get great views of the surrounding hills to the South and West including the linear Bronze Age barrow groups on Morgans Hill and also an impression of the scale of the mighty banks and ditches of the fort itself. Early evening is almost always the best time to visit these kind of sites, particularly if you have low raking sunlight. It brings out the best definition and colour in the landscape and makes it almost heartbreakingly beautiful and, for me, tinged with nostalgia. Moving around the earthworks in a clockwise direction you come past the Lansdowne Monument and get a good view of the long barrow, the oldest element in the vicinity, standing on a slight promontory just below it. By this time it’s becoming clear that the Western horizon is filling with rain clouds and so I head North East again taking in the white horse and then exit via the hill fort’s Eastern opening descending back towards the A4. As you get to the bottom of this track you’ll notice a fine barrow in the corner of a field (Cherhill 4 - not very romantic is it?) and if you turn right you’re back on the Old Bath Road track which is where the parking place is. By now the weather was going into overdrive and though the torrential downpour I’d been anticipating hadn’t yet materialised, the sky was now leaden and a fantastic rainbow appeared at the end of the track urging me onwards. Before you get to the parking spot there’s another large barrow right beside the track which, although I didn’t notice at the time, has a World War Two bunker built into the North side of it. This makes strategic sense in terms of the now disused Yatesbury airfield just the other side of the A4. I reach my car just in the nick of time as the raindrops descend. What luck! What weather! What poetry! A R Cane Posted by A R Cane
13th January 2017ce

Dolmen Estanys 2 (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech)

Discovered in 1986 by Josep Tarrus and Miquel Cura . Finds were 170 pottery fragments ,some of which were decorated , a flint blade and fragment of granite millstone . At 278 degrees this is the most westerly oriented dolmen in the region tiompan Posted by tiompan
12th January 2017ce

Torr Na Sithinn (Cairn(s))

From the Cadhach Burn cairn we headed north past the deserted 'ferm toun' of Lochans crossing over a few gates and burns but mainly on old farm tracks. The destination is fairly easily spotted as it is a small mound with trees on top set in the middle of the valley near Stroin Cottage. Just to the north of Stroin Cottage there is a lime kiln with an old car rusting away to nothing in it. Odd!

From the old car the cairn at Torr Na Sithinn is a short walk north west and is situated in the southern end of the small wood. Boulders or kerbs are set in a circle, indicating perhaps a stone circle?, (both Les and myself had similar thoughts) that is about 10m in width. The bank between some of these stones has smaller kerbs poking thru the turf especially at the southern end. It reaches no more than 0.4m in height. Animal damage has also revealed some stone work.

A very beautiful area with three nice cairns. Well worth a visit but park in the small car park before entering the land belonging to Birkwood if you don't want to be questioned by the farmer.

Visited 29/12/2016.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
11th January 2017ce

Lunt Meadows (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

25/12/2016 - If you are in the area Lunt Meadows nature reserve is worth a visit for a little leg stretch. Site of Mesolithic settlements (see link below). Car park and decent track round. Good place for owls if you get lucky. thelonious Posted by thelonious
10th January 2017ce

Cadhach Burn (Cairn(s))

From the nearby Lochans cairn we headed east jumping a couple of fences on the way to the north of the small hill that houses the Cadhach cairn.

This cairn, is almost 8m wide and is about 0.5m tall. Some kerbs still occupy their original positions, some made visible with the aid of the local rabbits, and cairn material can be seen poking through the turf. This, like its near neighbour, is a very beautiful place.

After sampling the atmosphere and the view it was time to trek north to Torr Na Sithinn.

Visited 29/12/2016.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
10th January 2017ce

Belrorie (Cairn(s))

Belrorie, what a place to find although near a path these damned trees do get in the way and they certainly obscure the view. Alternatively they might be protecting the cairn, at the moment. Hopefully when it is the trees time to come down the forestry people will take care and look after what is a pretty decent site.

Further along the South Deeside Road, the B976, heading west from Dalwhing I parked at Burnroot just after the massive Sawmill. After asking permission to park I headed a short distance south, then follow the track as it veers east. At the next T junction start heading south, shortly after there is a meeting place of three tracks, head west for a short distance then head south following the better of the tracks. At this point there is a steepish slope, half way up this the cairn is situated to the east.

At this point the trees looked very dense so I headed further uphill and jumped the fence when the fir trees began to thin out. From here I battered, stumbled and crawled my way north, another battering for the legs. The cairn is covered in trees except for the northern section which is clear, a place to stand up hurrah!! I reckoned the cairn to be 10m wide and about 1m high. Stones, thanks to the forestry, have been strewn everywhere and trees are planted on top. As usual there has been an amount of houking but the remains of small rectangular structure sit near the centre of the site.

Once again there would have been tremendous views here in the past but sawmills have their needs. Interestingly if you follow the paths to Belrorie Farm, heading south west, there is another path that leads to Hillhead and Cairn More. Another route for another day.

Visited 15/12/2016.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
10th January 2017ce
Edited 11th January 2017ce

Dalwhing (Cairn(s))

Dalwhing appears to a series of small kerb cairns situated in a field just north of the B976, the South Deeside Road. This is just north of the Bridge O Ess and the Glentanar estates, which I knew well as a wee boy. Once up at the top of the hill after the bridge there is enough room to park a car at the side of the road.

Jump the fence and head downhill into the rough pasture and woods. If you head north west you will go straight to the biggest of the cairns, sitting at over 4m wide and approx. 0.5 high. Kerbs survive but another nearby large cairn has been trashed and isn't pictured here. Out into the open there are several cairns and its worth taking a look at the surrounding scenery. On a sunnier day this is a beautiful place, on this day it was dark which only changed when I'd reached the top of Deecastle.

Nice place if passing. If visiting Bridge O Ess/Glentanar the superb Cairn More is high above the visitor centre.

Visited 15/12/2016.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
10th January 2017ce

Tom Dubh 2 (Cairn(s))

This cairn is 60 meters to the south west of Tom Dubh 1. From the first cairn go back to the track and jump the fence into the wood to the south, then walk west.

This cairn has been very badly disturbed, houked and to add insult has had farm waste of a corrugated kind dumped at its side. The 14m wide cairn lies mostly hidden under pine needles, what pops thru is mostly small stones. On the south side a couple of stones/boulders/kerbs remain at the highest point of the site, 0.4m.

After a wee look round it was back to the track heading south west to Migvie Church (very beautiful interior) and a shock at Glack Farmhouse.

Visited 29/12/2016.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
9th January 2017ce
Edited 10th January 2017ce

Hill Of Backtack (Cairn(s))

This fieldnote is really an update on the state of the cairn (I removed the snow covered photos as they hid the damage) and the nearby wind turbine site.

The cairn looks like it is still in much the same condition except for the new improved fence. I'm glad it wasn't there a few years back when the Mad Man and myself did a huge walk on the Winter Solstice.

Now the turbines seem to have contented themselves by staying in the valley between the hills of Cairnborrow and Backtack. The no pedestrian signs I ignored. However Backtack being a rolling hill has a couple of turbines reasonably close on its western slopes.

On climbing the Both Hill I saw the western side of Cairnborrow had its lower slopes 'evened out' very recently. This side of the hill leads straight to the three fantastic cairns at Glenshee.

Every time I pass here I will now stop and keep an eye on what is going on.

Re-visited 2/1/2017.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
3rd January 2017ce

The Great Circle, North East Circle & Avenues (Stone Circle)

Stanton Drew, located at 51.366997, -2.578645

For us this was not an easy place to find and we would recommend using a Sat Nav. The latitude and longitude given above will take you directly to the car park allocated for the circle. The narrow country lanes access make this a tricky place to drive to. Some of the roads marked as main A roads on the map were little more than country lanes and quite inadequate for the volume, speed, and size of today's traffic.

The stone structure is of large rough stones irregularly positioned and standing in flattish farm land. It is a very peaceful spot though, and an inner city dweller (Bristol?) may find it very relaxing and effecting. The size of the rings and the stones are impressive (photo 5 and 6) and the rustic local village and pub, which contains the Cove, is well worth a stroll round.

From a more technical point of view there are interesting alignments to the sunrises via the causeways, and the numbers of stones in the two main circles which provide some indication for a sunrise weather/season forecaster.

Causeways -
The circles have Eastern causeways which, from their irregular positioning of their stones, appear to have been disrupted. The stones of the causeways seem to have been in pairs.
They point towards the sunrises of 15 August - the end of summer, and the 1 Oct - the end of Autumn - as can be seen in Diagram 1. These would be important dates for a rural community.

Circles -
The circles appear to have been disrupted with displacements having taken place along the circumference rather than the radius. However it can be seen that the Great Circle does not fit a circle too well; it fits two arcs, one East, one West, far better - as can be seen in Diagram 1 which shows a Plan diagram of the Great Circle and North East Circle and their sunrise orientation. This arrangement can be seen in other structures such as Blakeley Raise, England, and Loupin' Stanes, Scotland. The centres of the circles and The Cove align with the midsummer sunrise, as can be seen in Diagram 1.

It is interesting to note that the smaller North-East circle appears to have 9 stones - which could give alignments for midsummer, spring/autumn, and midwinter if the stones were suitably placed, as for Nine Ladies in Stanton Moor, Derbyshire, England, and others circles - as can be seen in Diagram 2.

Apparently there are 27 stones present in the Great Circle (source Wikipedia). The stones seem intact although very weathered, and do not seem to have been broken up and left in pieces - although they differ in height - so the original number may have been 27. This, if the stones were placed equidistant from one another in circular shape and one aligned from a central observation point towards the midsummer sunrise, would provide alignments, like Stonehenge, for a 12 season annual cycle - as can be seen in Diagram 3. The Great Circle is so large that the centre would have to be marked in some way. The differing heights would be useful to indicate required alignments, such as midsummer.

Some of the stones in the North East circle - numbers 3 and 4 (photos 1 to 3) and The Cove (photo 4) appear to have been pushed over to lie flat, rather than sunken over with time to lie at an angle. The break lines of the stones are regular with the pieces not being displaced, indicating deliberate breakage after the stone were flat, perhaps using iron wedges and heavy hammers. Two damaged stones (3 and 4) lie together, indicating their displacement on the circle. It is recorded that the Romans destroyed the Druids and their sacred groves, and as it is highly likely that the Druids knew of and used the stone circles, it could be thought that Stanton Drew was disrupted and damaged by the Romans, perhaps to be partially restored by the British once they had left.

Please refer to the diagrams and photos.

For fuller information on sunrises weather/season forecasters please see:

https://sites.google.com/site/originsofstonehenge/
Dave1982 Posted by Dave1982
2nd January 2017ce
Edited 8th January 2017ce

Windmill Hill (Causewayed Enclosure)

I parked to the immediate east of Windmill hill, just off the A4361, opposite East farm, leaving my weary daughter on car protection duties, then made my way up the white horse trail. You only have to follow the path across two or three fields and already it has taken me unseeingly close by three barrows, I did see a lady who looked like she spends a lot of time sitting around ancient places. I could slip into her shoes or wellies as they may be, quite easily. In short time I reach the top, a National trust sign informs me I am at Windmill hill, tell me something I don't know, another more faded sign shows me there are more barrows up here than I had anticipated, something I didn't know.

Once through the gate the first barrow is almost on top of you, naturally, I got on top of it and had a look around. Oh dear, there's much more up here than I had thought. Close to me are more barrows, with ditches winding around and through and off away around the hill. I thought there may have been a couple of barrows at best, I'm not going to have enough time.
Then I make for a barrow shape, only to find it's one of them funny reservoir thingies. Humph!
From there I make for the big barrow at the top of the hill, only to get beaten to it by a whole family, first on the scene was a little girl who had as much energy and enthusiasm as a football team made of modern antiquarians, she was dancing and spinning round, rolling down the barrow, poking her nose into rabbity holes and everything. Don't see that very often.
Most of the family left quickly, leaving one adult overseeing the exuberant child, who was playing in the deep ditch of the barrow, I don't think I've ever seen such a good ditch around a barrow before, reminds me places like Bryn Celli Ddu and Maes Howe.
Time had passed by like I was stuck in a time warp, making it time to get going, I left the hill top to the next generation of barrow rollers, and passed out of view. Then we went home, the motorway was crap.
postman Posted by postman
1st January 2017ce

Tom Dubh (Cairn(s))

Returned with LH and I'm glad to say the cairn doesn't look any further damaged. In fact it looks a bit better than the previous visit. Lots of farm waste seems to have been moved from the nearby track making access much easier.

Re-visited 29/12/2016.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
31st December 2016ce

Lochans (Kerbed Cairn)

Les and I met at the Mossat Shop on the A97 and followed that road until it changes to the A944. Turn south at Bellabeg over the bridge over the River Don and go past Strathdon Parish Church. Head west and the minor road will sweep south. This will come to an odd shaped T junction but keep heading south. We parked near the entrance of Birkwood Farm but where later told that there was a car park just before the farm.

From here we headed south keeping to the farm track. After the second gate we jumped the fence and headed east. The cairn sits on top of a wee hillock at the end of Glencarvie. Lochans farmstead, well deserted, is to the north east.

This lovely cairn sits amongst the beautiful Strathdon countryside. Ca-dubh (west), Gallows Hill (north), Cnoc na H-lolaire (east) and Bad an Teahdaire are the nearby neighbouring hills. It is an enclosed area almost like a separate small country.

The cairn has several surviving kerbs in its 8 metre width. Animal damage allows to see more kerbs and structural composition. As usual the cairn has been houked into a circular bowl shape. It remains at 0.6 in height and provided a superb start to our day. Surviving drifts of snow added to the atmosphere.

Visited 29/12/2016.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
30th December 2016ce

Trustach (Cairn(s))

This cairn is situated in the first clearing mentioned in the fieldnotes for Hill Of Trustach. It has been badly damaged but has more stone content and has almost retained its circular shape. As well as the forestry damage it has been houked. Still a kerb of sorts remains on the edge of a cairn about 6 metres wide, 0.6 metres tall.

Now instead of all this taking paths nonsense I headed north west through the trees, which fortunately aren't close together. Flukily it led me straight back to where I had started.

Visited 8/12/2016.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
30th December 2016ce
Edited 9th January 2017ce

Hill Of Trustach (Cairn(s))

This cairn has been badly damaged by forestry and now sits in a small clearing like its near neighbour to the west. It is surrounded by birches to the east/north and by the fir trees of encircling forest.

I parked on the A93 on a forestry track just west of the Backhill of Trustach farm then headed south climbing steadily along the edge of Trustach Hill. A type of crossroads will be reached, from here head east. After a few hundred metres another track heads north east. Take this track and the cairns are in two clearings, this cairn being the furthest east. The track by this time has deteriorated to a small walking path.

The cairn is over 6 metres in width and at its highest is no more than 0.5 metres high. What look likes a kerb has been battered, the stones on top of the cairn have suffered fate.

Even though a fair distance has been walked the A93 is only a short distance to the north. You wouldn't know as this place is completely silent.

Visited 8/12/2016.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
30th December 2016ce

Sluie Hill (Cairn(s))

Sluie Hill has lovely views looking south over the Trustach to Gouach/Tillybath Hills. In between the southern hills is the River Dee, Sluie being to the north of the river.

This is the largest of the cairns situated on the hill being almost 4 metres wide and 0.5 metres at its highest. Kerbs partially surround the site which looks like it has the remains of a cist in its houked centre. Situated near masts, to the west, is fairly easy to find.

From Banchory/Inchmarlo head west on the A93 until a track heading north signposted Easter Sluie. Permission was given to park so I headed north and uphill towards the masts. A track winds its way up towards the site which can be found between to the two masts.

Visited 8/12/2016.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
30th December 2016ce

Deecastle (Cairn(s))

From the village of Dinnet on the A93 head south on the B9158 which crosses the River Dee then head west on the B976, the South Deeside Road. I asked permission to park at the Deecastle Farm and was told it was "a cracking place to see the Northern Lights near the cairn" by the farmer. Head back east along the South Deeside Road and take the first forestry road heading north east. Only go a short distance before climbing the dyke to head south and uphill. This is quite a steep climb and underfoot conditions are not perfect. However once at the top the views are worth the effort.

Morven and its pals (Mulloch etc.) are clearly seen as is the River Dee as it meanders, today, from east to west eventually entering the North Sea at Aberdeen.

The cairn is over 20 metres wide and is easily 3 metres tall. Stones resembling kerbs are noticeable on the south side. It is very similar to the cairns on Morven, Mulloch (plus friends) and Cairn More, Glentanar. Also built into the cairn are a few wind shelters for shepherds. Canmore haven't really studied these hills close enough as they have really missed quite a few cairns i.e. Pittenderrich. Luckily the locals still have a story or two to tell.

With the dark rapidly approaching it was time to head back down the hill to much the needed heat of the car. South of the Dee is a wonderful place.

Visited 15/12/2016.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
30th December 2016ce

Gallow Cairn, Torphins (Cairn(s))

Another cairn recycled for miss-use and most likely miss-trials.

Heading north-west from Tillybath the B993 is reached at the Potarch Hotel (a very good place). From here cross the River Dee and head west for a short distance on the A93 taking the first minor road north-west. This re-connects with the B993, keep going until the minor road heading north-east. This leads onto the A980, head slightly east then take the first minor road heading north. I parked near the aptly named Gallow Cairn cottage. Look north-east and the cairn is on top of the wee hill.

Well positioned the site has tremendous views looking onto Sluie, Tillybath to the south, the River Dee east and west. The site is over 20 metres wide and 1.5 metres tall according to the locals. Stones poke out all over the sides of the cairn which was put to different uses in medieval times.

1/12/2016.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
30th December 2016ce

Migvie (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

December 22, 2016

The Migvie Cup-Marked Stone has disappeared!

After visiting the Tom Dubh Cairns 800 metres east of Migvie Church with Drew we stopped off at the site of the well-known Migvie Cup-Marked Stone—close by the west end of the neighbouring farmhouse at 'The Glack'.

But it wasn't there!

The verge where this stone formerly stood has clearly been scooped away, the stone with it.

Has the stone been lawfully removed for preservation, or has it simply been stolen?

The stone was last seen by me on October 21, 2013. In view of the fact that the scooped out section of verge has not yet been fully colonised by vegetation, it would seem that the stone's removal was fairly recent.

I have checked with Canmore, but they make no mention of this event.

So answers would be appreciated.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
29th December 2016ce

Falkner's Circle (Stone Circle)

I've been wanting to come here for simply years, it wasn't until I finally decided upon a return to Avebury that I had a look exactly where it is, and well, blow me down, but I've only driven past it about a dozen times. Heaping upon the feeling of my inadequateness I spotted the stone from the road, it was there all the time, practically yelling at passers by to come over and have a look, but oh no, eyes are always well and truly glued upon the avenue stones.
Parking in the aforementioned layby by the avenue stones, cross over and follow the hedge to the site of the circle. As easy as the peasy.
Passing on the way, as you do, the hedge stone, a hefty stone that looks large enough to have once belonged to the very nearby circle, but it is part of an old wall, and is a completely different colour to all the Avebury stones, which are a decidedly pale white, the hedge stone is brown. What this means I can only guess at in an uneducated kind of way.

I can see how someone might just be a touch disappointed with Faulkner's circle, there is after all only one stone, which may not be in it's correct position. But not me though, I liked it a lot.
Firstly I was taken a back as to where it actually was, hardly equidistant, but between Ridgeway and the Avenue of stones, barrows crown the horizon on the Ridgeway. Secondly, why did they put a stone circle here, so close to the Avebury whopper, it doesn't make much sense, it's like building a church in a cathedral porch. But then nothing round here makes much sense, it's a sensory overload, stoney saturation point was reached some time ago, about another dozen trips to Avebury and I might get to see it all.
Still haven't walked along the Ridgeway to have a closer gander at them big barrows, nor have I been to East Kennett long barrow, the polisher or the spring. But there's still time today to take in one more never been to, and it's up hill.
Bye stone.
postman Posted by postman
28th December 2016ce

Hightown submerged forest (Ancient Trackway)

25/12/2016 - We went for a walk at Hightown on Christmas Day, just down the coast from Formby and its famous footprints. The beach is quiet and it's a nice stroll to where the River Alt meets the sea and then along the coast. An ancient trackway was discovered here in the 90s and radiocarbon dated to Early Neolithic. Don't think there is much to see of it now. Still worth the trip to see the ancient submerged forest in a fine layer of peat. Trees (mainly birch I think) and plants (Royal ferns?) lay in the peat, still soft to the touch. Such beautiful shapes and I did find the place quite moving. Great views out to sea. Well worth a visit if you are in the area. thelonious Posted by thelonious
28th December 2016ce
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