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The Camp

Long Barrow


6th January 2011

A rejuvenating hill/woodland walk around the Slad area in the Cotswolds.
Mid afternoon, still quite light as we headed towards The Camp village. Friend parked in a layby along the Calfway - don't be mislead by the name, this is a fast road. From the road the tumuli and long barrow looked uninviting set as it is in a smallish triangular field, surrounded by a stone wall with an electric fence running along it. At first I thought I would be content to just have a look from the grass verge - until I spotted a couple of tantalising old stones atop the long barrow. We gained entry to the field via a gap in the hedge, across a tumbled down, mossed covered wall and under the electric wire - no problem. Access also possible by climbing a rusty old gate near the layby, which was the way we left. Something of an enigma - the long barrow is much ruined from excavation though the chamber stones seem to still be where they should be. Alongside the barrow is a large tumuli which I didn't know quite what to make of - possibly another long barrow but somehow didn't feel like one.

Still walking in your footsteps tsc
tjj Posted by tjj
6th January 2011ce
Edited 7th January 2011ce

Comments (3)

You're doing a much better job of Cotswold coverage than I am June. Interesting re access - the gate was open when I visited. I liked this one though, I think the visible stonework puts it a few notches above many of the ruined barrows in these parts. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
7th January 2011ce
Ooh I like the idea of the 'The Calfway' - that's got to be some ancient droveway surely? I admire your hedge-burrowing, wall-leaping, wire-dodging antics btw. Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
7th January 2011ce
Thanks for the comments both, the credit belongs to my car-owning, map-reading, walking friend - though in fairness I do provide the enthusiasm. tjj Posted by tjj
8th January 2011ce
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