Very easy to find and access in the village of Brinklow. Take the first turning right after the church (heading north through the village) and you will shortly come to a small parking area at the base of the mound. There is a wooden sign stating that this is the site of Brinklow Castle (Norman Motte and Baily) and access is via a wooden gate. Straight up the mound/motte and surprisingly good views all around await you. Worth a visit when in the area.
The mound looks impressive from the Rugby Rd approach and can be easily seen upon a short walk up by the connecting Brinklow Rd.
The best way to get onto the mound by foot i later discovered was to use the Ell Lane path just off Broad Street.I should have read fwump bungles advice below,Doh!
Still the mound was great in Warwickshires bare flat lands and a lot higher and steeper than i thought originally and provided possibly the best view over the county in all the area.
There seemed to have been some Easter Egg rolling going on down the face also which was an encouraging Pagan throwback.
Much recommended...feel the force!
I returned to the mound this morning, to climb to the top and try to gain some understanding of its geographical situation. Warwickshire isn't reknowned for its hill configurations - so there were no alignments evident (aside from the Fosse Way which you can see running straight SW and NE, going around the mound - like one of those comedy arrows you can stick on your head). This is to be expected really, as the common theory is that Brinklow is alligned on a leyline of some significance (running along similar lines to the Fosse Way).
BTW, it doesn't seem to matter what time you come to the mound - you always have to share it! (Today it was with a pleasant enough tatooed sunbather, who kind of disturbed the peace a little with his snoring...)
The mound at Brinklow (known locally at the Tump, or, even more imaginatively, the ïBig HillÍ) is presented by Warwickshire County Council as the ñearthworks of a Norman castleî. But the mound was already at least 500 years old when the NormanÍs decided to build upon it. As pointed out by Julian in TMA, the Fosse Way (much detested Roman road running 200 miles from Exeter to Lincoln) deviates in its straight course here (and only here) to go ïaroundÍ the mound. More evidence of the moundÍs antiquity is shown in the name of the village: ïBryncaÍ being an ancient personal name, and ïhlawÍ meaning hill or mound; hence BryncaÍs Mound. The mound has never been excavated, so speculation to it being a burial mound (possibly even BryncaÍs?) remains exactly that.
Despite being an excellent picnic site, itÍs always quiet here (apart from the fool who has today decided to pitch a tent on the very summit (letÍs hope thatÍs not a Stanley knife he has in that plastic bagƒ ahem) ¨¢ although NatashaÍs vertigo precludes us going that high anyhow). Looking around itÍs amusing to note that hardly any signs of the Norman occupation of this land remain (apart from a few extra ditches), while the mound itself still rolls strong and proud above the surrounding coutryside.
The site, on the outskirts of Coventry, is easily accessible from the Fosse Way. Heading North through the village, take the first right after the church of St. John. After about a 200 yards a stile on the right leads to the foot of the mound.
This maybe of interest or not, but there has always been a story handed down through the generations of a tunnel leading from the church vestry into the heart of the Tump.
Obviously the church would not have been there when the tunnel was built, but knowing the topography of the land, I was born and bred in Brinklow, there could have been an entrance tunnel to the Tump which was latter built over by the church, possibly to guard the village from whatever lies within.