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Heyshott Down

Barrow / Cairn Cemetery


Quite by chance we stumbled upon this barrow cemetery while walking a section of the South Downs Way last weekend. Its not as large and impressive as 'The Devil's Jumps' which is a few miles further west from here and the largest barrows are only a couple of metres high at the most, but there are actually two more barrows and a couple of cross dykes intersecting the group. They're aligned roughly East/West unlike The Devils Jumps which are apparently aligned to the setting sun at the summer solstice. The best access point is probably from Cocking and a brief walk east along the SDW footpath. It's not signposted but appears on the OS explorer map 121 (Arundel and Pulborough) and you have to look hard through the hedgerows to spot it. It's also interesting to note that along this section of the SDW there are few solitary barrows and that they always seem to be in linear groups. There is another example near Westburton Hill near Bignor of a group of four barrows which lie in a valley(!), but sadly are no longer visible having been ploughed out over time. A R Cane Posted by A R Cane
24th August 2008ce

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