[visited 13/3/11] My overriding thought as I reached the summit of Gautries hill was how small the hill was to merit a cairn on its top. I guess being one of the northern most of the limestone hills was enough. Great views in all directions but the North where the looming hills of Dark Peak are starting to form.
Another reason for placement was presumably the fact you could have seen Harrod Low and perryfoot from up here.
The cairn itself is well formed and small befitting perhaps the small hill, but obviously worked over by an antiquarian or two. Definitely make the effort to pop up here is you are visiting Harrod Low.
Access is across a few fields from Sparrow pit, through a bit of mined wood and then up a (dare I say it again) small hill.
It's only a short walk from Harrod Low up Gautries Hill to the barrow on the top, it's well hammered now, but it's so obvious why it's here. It's only when you're fully at the top that the views open up. Mam Tor in the NE and views over Crowden and Hayfield in the West.
OK it's spoilt a little by Eldon Hill quarry nearby..... but it's still a top place.
Dated to the Bronze Age, the barrow was excavated in the 1870's by Pennington.
Two limestone cists were discovered, containing a number of flints and a bone pin.
Human and animal bones, more flints and pottery shards were also found within the mound.
J.Barnatt's & J. Collis' "Barrow Corpus"
B Marsden's "The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire"