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We visited this long barrow on 21 August 2011. There is a footpath coming up from the main road. I'm not sure how easy it would be to park here - we in fact parked down in Bourton-on-the-Water and had a lovely walk along by the River Windrush, and then came up a footpath out of the valley and up into the barley fields, over the main road and on up to the barrow. What a lovely place: it seems somehow linked to Notgrove, to the west. The barrow seems to have been sorrounded by its own dry stone wall, that had now largely crumbled into the mound, and the mound is covered with big trees. It is only once you go right up to the trees that you see the great mound of the barow rising up inside, and up you climb, into another world. Theer was no indication there or on the map that the long barow is called 'Long Aston': the farm nearby is called 'Camp Farm', so presumably that reflected the belief that the barrow was once an 'encampment'. Actually, give the presence of two great long barrows up on this side of the Windrush Valley, one does wonder where they all lived.

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Anthony Adolph
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22nd August 2011ce