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Long Barrow


Visited 20.3.11
My last site of the day – and a pretty good one it was as well!
After initially having difficulty finding the right country lane to access the site I eventually parked up near the correct field gate / public footpath sign.
The Barrow is easily seen from the field gate and a 5 minute walk takes you up close and personal. This was the only site I visited today which involved walking through mud.
As I approached the Barrow pheasants went scurrying across the field and a group of crows were making quite a racket in the woods to my left.
The Barrow has two tall uprights remaining and a large half fallen capstone. There is a large shrub/tree of some sort growing out from under the capstone which looks as though it has been growing there for quite a number of years. The Barrow must have been quite prominent when first built in this flat landscape.
The field had been ploughed and crops were already showing. Small wooden stakes painted red were pegged in the ground around the Barrow to signify the extent of the 'protected' area.
Well worth a visit when in the area and fairly close the picturesque village of Castle Combe.
Posted by CARL
22nd March 2011ce

Comments (1)

That sounds good Carl that they've pegged out the area of the barrow, I spose to stop it getting ploughed. Last time I was up there the field was full of sweetcorn (for years before it was just grazing) and I couldn't even see the stones, let alone get anywhere near them! I didn't like to trample the corn and I couldn't find a path at all so I went home unstoned. But it would have been quite weird to sit up there surrounded by the tall whispering stems and unable to see anything else. It's nice there isn't it. Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
22nd March 2011ce
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