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Painswick Hill



We've all been to an ancient site and left with a sinking heart because of litter or the vandalism of past excavations. Today I almost wept - had to go to Stroud in Gloucestershire, the sun came out so thought to make a day of it and walk up to Painswick Beacon. A place I've visited once before three years and, although then the whole of Painswick Hill seems to be a golf course, it seemed peaceful and the views across the Severn Valley are pretty amazing.

Today I discovered part of the hillside is missing - a great yawning chunk of hillside gone. The noise from the diggers moving great lumps of Cotswold stone around destroyed any peace. Cotswold stone has always been quarried but I've never seen it done on such a destructive and industrial scale.
Painswick hillfort and beacon are still intact, the views still terrific, a kestrel still hovered but what a travesty.
tjj Posted by tjj
13th July 2012ce
Edited 13th July 2012ce

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Oh my god. What a mess. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
13th July 2012ce
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