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Waun Lwyd Stones (Standing Stones)

"If you would like to visit the stones, please contact us at, as we are the new owners and are happy for people to visit, but do occasionaly have animals grazing there, so would appreciate being contacted first. many thanks."

Archerton, Newtake (Ring Cairn)

Originally posted by Lubin as caption to photo
The kist is situated inside the newtake on the south side of the farm buildings. It is found by walking from Postbridge up the Drift Lane to where it joins the newtake wall.

From here follow the wall west then south west untill you come to a 90 degree corner. Follow south east to a leat [probably dry]. The kist is over the wall if you look north.

This is not the kist where the archer's wrist band was found, that kist is nearer to the farm buildings on Chittaford Down. This one is so called as it is in the newtake.

Bincknoll Castle (Hillfort)

This seldom visited and moderately small Iron Age fort sits on the end of a promentary on the escarpment beneath the Ridgeway to the South and overlooking the plains around Swindon to the North. The nearest village is Wroughton about 3 miles East and the more famous Barbury Castle hill fort is about 3.5 miles away to the South-East. It can be reached by taking the A4361 South (Swindon to Avebury) then taking the turning to the right after passing the entrance to the Science Museum at Wroughton Airfield (on your left). There are limited places to park near Quidhampton Wood but it's only about a miles walk through fantastic beech woods till you come out at this amazing site with steep valleys on both sides and staggering views all around. Touchingly romantic and you only have to share it with a few cows.

[From a comment posted by A R Cane]

Appletreewick (Stone Circle)

The TMA Eds have received an email from Miles Johnson, the Countryside Archaeological Adviser for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

He wishes to remind people that the circle at Fancarl Top is on private land not covered by the CRoW open access Act. The landowner contacted him because people trespassing to get to the circle were damaging the surrounding drystone walls. The landowner was also unhappy that the stones had been 'inappropriately decorated' by people accessing the field without asking for his permission.

Although Mr Johnson wished us to remove the circle from the website, we would respectfully suggest that it would be better left on here with this note attached, in order that anyone using TMA to identify visitable sites will then know and understand the landowner's wishes (unfortunately this will not influence the trespassing of people who do not use this website).


Park of Tongland (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

The TMA Eds have received an email from the owner of the land on which this rock art lies. It is not on the land of Argrennan Mains, as may have been suggested below. He seems to be a friendly and accommodating chap and says he is happy to show the rocks to anyone who is interested, and he will be happy to escort you to them; indeed he says that the marks recorded for Park of Tongland are in fact some distance from the ones these photos show.

He would like to stress that he does not want people entering the fields on their own and pulling the vegetation from the rocks, exposing the marks to the weather.

If you want to visit this site, please have the courtesy to call at the farm first. Indeed this method applies to all sites on private land.

Thank you.
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