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Wayland's Smithy

Long Barrow


My first visit on a beautiful March day. Found through curiosity a good approach to the site - when coming down the Ridgeway from Uffington castle there are woods either side of the path, once you have crossed the final road before the Wayland's site - jump over the ditch and go into the woods on your left - there is a great straight avenue of trees to follow and the site can be seen appearing to your right - go back over the ditch through the gate and to the tomb

I checked out the parallell sides "trick" mentioned below - subtle, interesting

I particularly liked the sympathetic arrangement of trees around the tomb especially the four corner trees - if you go to the front and walk backwards the two back-end trees are framed nicely between the two front megaliths.

At the foot of one of the back-corner trees daffodils (I think) were coming up;

the dead are dead, but spring's begun
the old make way for blooded young
Posted by fat elvis
17th March 2003ce

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