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Council Barrow

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<b>Council Barrow</b>Posted by pure joyImage © Martin Bull
Nearest Town:Bodmin (4km SSW)
OS Ref (GB):   SX099703 / Sheet: 200
Latitude:50° 30' 3.5" N
Longitude:   4° 40' 51.4" W

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<b>Council Barrow</b>Posted by pure joy


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Visited 20.4.12

Although looking at the map it appears the minor lane next to the Barrow joins the main A30 it doesn’t, it is fenced off, so the only way to the Barrow is via the lanes from the west as described in the previous field notes. O/S map required!

Access to the Barrow is no more than a quick hop over a locked metal field gate and a very short walk. The gorse covered Barrow is easily seen from the lane if climbing over gates isn’t your thing!
The Barrow is approx 2.5m high x 20m across. As I say, the Barrow is covered in gorse so close inspection is not possible.

A Barrow visit for the dedicated only.
Posted by CARL
10th May 2012ce

Council Barrow - 28.3.2004

If driving North on the A30 technically you can come off the A30 at SX100703 (just past the cow 'traffic lights'), and the barrow is directly on your right. In reality this is one of those amazing Cornish dual carriageway turnoffs that give you very little chance to slow down. Making that turn at this tiny junction would be almost impossible unless you knew exactly where the turn was and you had no traffic behind you. The junction before this one is a bit better (circa SX092693).

So, otherwise you can come via the scrubby looking land from the west, either from the country lanes to the north west, or from Bodmin. From Bodmin take the Old Callywith Rd but instead of getting onto the A30 slip road (circa SX084679) take the road signposted 'Helland'; and drive almost parallel to the A30 until you bear left and over two cattle grids. At the next junction take a right. At the end of this lane the Council barrow sits just off the A30 'junction' in a sad little layby. What an absolute mess! Tyre tracks circle the barrow and also go straight up and over the top! Abandoned farm machinery also spoils it and I guess the farm gate on the North side also doesn't help. Litter and fly tipping is also all around. When I get my picture back I'll send a copy of it to the Cornwall Archaeological Unit. This may not be the most important ancient site in Cornwall but nothing deserves to be treated like this!

I was so shocked at this pitiful site and forgot to think how big it is. I'd guess about 15m in diameter and 2m high.
pure joy Posted by pure joy
4th April 2004ce
Edited 4th April 2004ce