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Pole Hill, Leask

Round Barrow(s)


The maze of roads in this corner of the North East make this a hard but worthwhile place to find. Travel north from Newburgh, on the A975 taking the first minor road north west after the B9003 Collieston road. (Slains primary school is at the junction.) Keep going in a northerly direction past the ruins of St. Adamnan's Chapel until this road ends. Then turn left then right ands keep going until a clump of trees can be seen at the top of the hill opposite Pitlurg farm.

It is only a short walk to the Neolithic round barrow from the road. Today that was a good thing as the weather returned to it's normal freezing conditions with odd ball showers of hail and sleet.

The barrow is almost 20 meters from North to South and is 15 meters wide. Some rig and furrows have encroached onto the site However it still stands at over 11/2 meters in height being made up of earth and small stones. Trees also remain within the enclosure giving a sense of age. Canmore says a wall surrounds the site, it also is covered in turf and grass. One or two biggish stones are all that can be seen. This place has an ancient feel as it looks down onto the North Sea. Although it doesn't seem high the views here pretty excellent. Bennachie can even be seen, the builders had built and chosen wisely.

Visited 19/4/2010.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
19th April 2010ce
Edited 21st April 2010ce

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