|A free day - and golden autumn sunshine beckoned …
We stopped at Rodmarton long barrow,aka Windmill Tump, on our way to a Cotswold walk around Oakridge and Bisley . The plan was to walk to three different OS marked long barrows in an attempt to see what remained of them. Before this, however, my friend, now something of a Cotswold long barrow enthusiast, had identified Rodmarton as one not yet visited.
Rodmarton was a wonderful way to kick off – the sun still low in the sky and frost on the grass when we took the turning to Trull not far from Cirencester. The barrow's position, like most long barrows, was a joy – with views of the open farmland all around. Quite a few large trees growing on the around the edges of the barrow (a golden Beech, Oak and Ash) and evidence of some large tree stumps on the barrow. The three burial chambers are easy to identify though sadly they have collapsed in on themselves now (quite possibly due tree root damage) – just two entrance stones remain visible.
The English Heritage information board says: "A late Neolithic shrine incorporating at least three stone 'porthole' entrances. It was crudely excavated by antiquarians in the 19th century and its contents rifled".
As we drove away,we were reminded we were in 'horsey' country when we encountered a hunt about to set off; being an ex-townie this was a first for me so I sat quietly on my emotions and observed this privileged group of people doing what they felt was their god-given right. It was gratifying to see a large deer run across the field behind them, unseen - away and free.
The walk later was golden and crisp – we passed Money Tump near Bisley; visited Seven Wells in the village of Bisley; and walked to Giant's Stone (overgrown and unidentifiable as a long barrow) before heading back late afternoon.
Just in case they read this, a very big thank you to my friend for the transport and enthusiasm - without which this lovely day would not have happened.
Posted by tjj
25th October 2010ce
Edited 25th October 2010ce