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Round Barrow(s)


Leaving Leek north bound on the A53, at Blackshaw Moor turn left towards Meerbrook, before you get to Meerbrook watch out for a bridge over the river Churnet and take your next right onto Whitty lane. At this junction watch out for a strange standing stone standing by the edge in a small pool, the barrow is a couple hundred yards up the lane in the field to your right.

I parked at a right angle bend in the lane, two gates and four standing stones, modern , but interesting to see big stones still having a role to play even today. On the floor by these gates and within view of the large barrow are lots of large stones lying in a jumble. Here with a perfect view up to the Roaches and Hen Cloud one cant help seeing a good spot for a stone circle.

The barrow is maybe six feet tall and really quite far across, it must have been a very big barrow before becoming slumped out over the field, mostly to the east. A slob of a barrow is this, large and slouching in it's field, with terrific views over to Gun hill and its menhir and trig point, turning round the Roaches and Hen cloud huddle together, the Bawd stone nestles between them. A great place for a big barrow, and imaginary stone circles.
postman Posted by postman
9th September 2012ce
Edited 9th September 2012ce

Comments (5)

You'll be building one next!!! when i looked at your pictures i thought it looked like it would have been a good place for a stone circle and then read your notes!! it's a big barrow and i've always thought there should have been something like that around there, you never know what was around there once do you? bladup Posted by bladup
10th September 2012ce
Well, according to antiquarian J.D Sainter, theres the Bawd stone, a stone circle and a dolmen, all on the portal but not here, yet.
We always build a stone circle if were spending any time on a beach.
postman Posted by postman
10th September 2012ce
Just don't do it in a park or you may get arrested and fined, is the chamber and the bawd stone the same place or a different place and do you know where the circle was? i think we'd all agree there must have been a lot more around there, you never know what was there once at that particular barrow you visited. bladup Posted by bladup
10th September 2012ce
The Bawd stone is different from the "dolmen", from the pictures i've seen its way up on top of the roaches and the stone circle is 76 m north of the bawd stone. John Barnatt of the Peak National Park Authority visited the site and said that he didn’t think it was a stone circle, but might be a ringcairn . postman Posted by postman
10th September 2012ce
Thank you very much, once i read it, i realised i knew, sorry lazy mind at work. bladup Posted by bladup
10th September 2012ce
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