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Capesthorne Park

Round Barrow(s)


This ones dedicated to TheSweetcheat and his Dad and all our Dads without whom we just wouldn't exist.

Parking can be tricky, there is no good place, I parked on the first corner to the south of the barrows on the A34 next to a pond.
A five minute walk up the road brings us to the woods in which is the first of today's sites. A weakness in the hedge was exploited to good effect and I was in the woods, not knowing exactly where the barrows was, only that it was quite big, I simply headed up the slight hill to its highest point thinking that is where it would be. Twas.
It is a big one too, bigger than I thought Cheshire had, shows what I know, and it shows you there's still plenty to see, even in your own back yard, though my back yard is fifty miles across and today it was foggy and snowy but not too cold.
It was a strange one to photograph, from the south it's just another hilltop and there's a lot of dead wood about, especially on the northern side of the barrow, and all the trees about it either get in the way or make an avenue leading straight to it, there is a big mature tree growing right out of it's center. Iv'e driven past it a few times but never spotted it from the road, Iv'e only seen its northern nieghbour.

Back on to the A34 and two hundred yards up the road and I can see the pedestal topped barrow dimly through the thick helpful fog.
It was helpful because these barrows are on extremely private property, Capesthorne park, in thick fog no-one can see you sneak (sorry Aliens is on).
So a quick jump over a gate and a straight to it walk of five minutes is all this trespass takes. The barrow is more plowed out than it's neighbour but is still quite prominent. The two barrows would have been inter visible if not for the trees and a house and the pea soup. The pedestal on top seems to serve no purpose other than to direct the eye across the perfect lawn, past the groups of four trees to the bump, to the barrow that is now only a lawn feature.
I will have to come back in the spring to get another look, especially to the wooded one.
postman Posted by postman
6th February 2012ce
Edited 6th February 2012ce

Comments (5)

Aw, bless, thanks Chris. Dad would be chuffed to read this. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
6th February 2012ce
Thanks to you too, if you hadn't added the site I might have never got round to them, and that would be a shame, I really liked the woodland one, I may try another visit in the spring.
Chesspiece ? I thought it was Bod from a distance.
postman Posted by postman
6th February 2012ce
Ha ha ha! Where's the frog with the milkshake then? Hmm? thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
6th February 2012ce
I think he just turned up postman Posted by postman
6th February 2012ce
:-D thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
6th February 2012ce
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