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The Thornborough Henges — Fieldnotes

Just spent three nights here for the Mabon celebrations. Rituals aren't really my thing but camping besides an henge with two others in close proximity definitely is.

I'm not sure what the situation has been in the past but at the moment you cant walk the direct route between all three henges, the way from the central henge to the north henge is private property, the field contains an house, big disappointment. On a more positive note you can easily walk from the central henge to the southern one, though you do have to cross a small lane.

If you want to visit the northern henge (you really should, it's easily the best imo) then it's quite straight forward.
From within the central henge leave by the gate facing the southern entrance, as if you we're heading for the southern henge but turn right and walk along the lane a short while, 300 metres-ish and take the first possible right (on foot) up a narrow path that's rather overgrown (atm) with sloe berries, stay on it till you meet the road. Cross the road and follow the other lane till you are almost at the point where it dog legs, dip through the hedge here (on your right) and you're in the northern henge.
It's well worth the effort. ;)
harestonesdown Posted by harestonesdown
19th September 2017ce

Crown End, Westerdale (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Links

The Smell of Water - Crown End


fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
16th August 2017ce

Kitty Hill (Round Barrow(s)) — Miscellaneous

Drive by

Directions:
A short distance east of Stamford Bridge along the A166.

Despite EH reporting that this barrow is 2.5m high by 26m in diameter I couldn't spot it due to the hedgerow. Time prevented me from stopping for a proper look.
Posted by CARL
8th August 2017ce

Pockley Gates (Round Barrow(s)) — Miscellaneous

Drive by

Directions:
A short distance east of Hensley along the A170

As per the nearby Low Common barrows I couldn't see any sign of the barrows due to the hedge and the field being in crop. The A170 is a very busy road and parking is problematic at best. Perhaps it would be easier to spot the barrows in the winter?
Posted by CARL
6th August 2017ce

Low Common (Round Barrow(s)) — Miscellaneous

Drive by 31.7.17

Drirections:
On the northern side of the A170, west of Pickering.

Due to the hedges and the fact the field was in crop I could see no sign of the three barrows my OS map shows are here. EH have nothing to add on the subject.
Posted by CARL
6th August 2017ce

Westow (Long Barrow) — Fieldnotes

Visited 30.7.17

Directions:
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

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

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

Duggleby Howe — Fieldnotes

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

The Seven Stones (Standing Stones) — Links

The Smell of Water - Scarth Wood Moor


fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
16th July 2017ce

Ellers Wood, Askwith (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>Ellers Wood, Askwith</b>Posted by listerinepree listerinepree Posted by listerinepree
16th April 2017ce
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