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Devil's Jump Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

Although only 2ft tall this is worth a look because standing stones are rare in this part of the country. There used to be 3 stones here but only one remains

Cholesbury Camp (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

A tree covered Ironage hillfort, it has 2 banks, with a ditch in between, and another bank and ditch to the SE and W

The fortifications enclose Cholesbury Church

Waulud's Bank (Enclosure) — Fieldnotes

A very enigmatic earthwork, which curves around the river Lea forming a semicircular area just over 7ha. No entrances or extrenal features are known. But stone age pottery and flint arrow heads have been found. Finds are in the Luton Museum

The Five Knolls (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Folklore

This is said to be the burial place of 5 kings or chiefs.

A 17th century witch also claimed to have practised witchcraft here.

The Five Knolls (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Fieldnotes

Five Knolls Round Barrows is an ancient burial place dating from the New Stone Age/ Late Bronze Age. It is actually a group of 7 round barrows. Consisting of 2 bowl barrows, 3 bell barrows, and 2 pond barrows.

Over 90 skeltons have been found here, about 30 of these had there hands tied. Finds are in Luton museum.

Ivinghoe Beacon (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

Ivinghoe Beacon is a late Bronze Age - early Iron Age hill fort which has been settled since the 7th-8th century BC. There are numerous barrows around the site.

One in particular is quite impressive as it is rather large and there appears to be a raised causeway linking it and the top of the beacon.

This is a good place to watch the sunrise on the Summer Solstice, as the sun aligns itself with the above barrow.

Parking is good and it is well maintained.
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