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Wayland's Smithy (Long Barrow) — Fieldnotes

I visited the Smithy for the first time this week, running the gauntlet of an angry stoat on the way!
What a stunning site. Warming sunlight filtering through the almost protective wall of trees and the lack of other visitors created a perfect atmosphere.
The long, low tapering mound is beautifully shaped and the row of stones guarding the entrance way are just perfect.
I will be back soon.

Wayland's Smithy (Long Barrow) — Folklore

Leave your horse and payment here and by the morning Wayland will have shod the horse and pocketed the cash.

Nympsfield (Long Barrow) — Fieldnotes

A strangely tidy Neolithic long barrow 90 feet in length.
Approximately one mile from Hetty Pegler's Tump this barrow lies in a public park just to the right of the car parking area.
The chamber has been opened up so no dirty knees at this one folks.

Hetty Pegler's Tump (Long Barrow) — Fieldnotes

I parked my car in the small space on the verge of the road and started beaming like a fool as I approached the Tump (also known by the less romantic name of Uley Long Barrow). Although the mound is somewhat disfigured where it's been dug into, the entrance to the chamber is beautiful.
Crawling under the huge slab of stone above the entrance I was immediately struck by the warmth and absolute stillness, a marked contrast from the gale blowing outside.
Get someone to walk about on the mound while you're inside...the amplified thump of footsteps is fantastic!
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