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Walderslade Woods (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

Following up on slumpystones interesting discovery I had to see this site for myself.

I’d like to think if this pile of stones had any significance it would have been fenced off (without the iron railings! ;0) ) and lovingly had the upkeep of English Heritage!

But --- on first appearance this does seem to be a curiously dumped pile of sarsen stones, which are great to see considering most others from this area have long been broken up and all we can enjoy in Kent are the great significant remnants at Kits Coty and of course Coldrum. It’s just the way they have been dumped; thought I’d add some pictures for people to get a better view!

At least four of the stones (including the ‘shaped’ triangular ones) are buried very deeply, all the rest are of various different shapes and cuts have character, the two at the back are absolutely huge; the main triangular stone with the hotly disputed cup and ring marks looks to me like a lot of glacial weathering, but I am way far from being an expert;

Even more curious is that there are further stones located a short distance nearby deep in the undergrowth - a single smoothed buried ‘post’ stone approx 15ft further NE from the collection, and two stones (again one very deeply buried) 30ft SE easily seen from the beaten path.

Coombe Hill (Causewayed Enclosure)

Coombe Hill (or The Combe) certainly warrants a visit if you are in the South East Of England. I found it best to approach walking from the village of Jevington and following the South Downs Way, and if armed with an OS map (recommended!) you will notice there are plenty of other barrows marked on the way.

The top of the Hill has spectacular views and the three barrows are indeed impressive and extremely well looked after, so much so that the disc barrow is easy to define. If you walk south east then south from the enclosure you can be treated to further barrows, that are less impressive but worth a visit. I got to the large one at the top of Bourne Hill (TQ577009) before heading back to Jevington after an exhilarating and breathtaking walk on a fab summers' day in the East Sussex countryside.

Godstone (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery)

Godstone Village in Surrey provides a central hub to explore various interesting sites ranging from the Mesolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages.

This is great to find just outside of the M25 and a short trip away from London!

Recent Mesolithic finds are found at North Park Farm

Near to the village are the remains of some Bronze Age tumuli and are well worth checking out. North of the village green - take the public footpath by the Hare And Hounds pub and after 100 yards or so enter the field marked as Hilly Fields which is marked as owned by English Heritage, and follow the path(s) to the north where there is an obvious incline containing supposedly two Bronze Age barrows. There are no signs but a deliberate path has been cut and takes you up and onto a clearly defined mound – where the centre appears slightly hollow (no doubt from historical digging).

I struggled to pinpoint the location of the second barrow due to the summer plant growth (yay! thistles too!) but presumed it was directly south on the rise below the main barrow. The field undulates before you with many possibilities that this could have been a cemetery, but is rudely cut off to the north by a fence and the boundary to a private reservoir.

To the south east of the village and the Parish church at Leigh Place there is evidence of an Iron Age fort and a spring called Diana… link here

Farthing Downs (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

A real treasure to discover in South London, and close to Croydon!

Stone / Iron Age, Roman and Saxon history in abundance – all located on common open grassland on a ridge leading into the North Downs and ancient woodlands and pastures, that commands great views stretching as far as to The City and Docklands around the surrounding urban and rural landscape.

Visible today are low banks indicating ancient trackways and Iron Age fields, and the excavated remains of several 6th or 7th century Saxon burial mounds, of which at least seven are clearly defined on the Downs' landscape.

Alfriston Church (Christianised Site)

The pretty village of Alfriston has so much to intrigue, considering it's location with Firle Beacon to the west and Wilmington to the east. Going by the extensive write up here I tried to track down some of the stones mentioned. Go the church and note the mound it is built on. Three small stones (that could have been imported from Brighton) are located south on the green under a clump of trees, then take it from there. At the north of the village head west down North Street which leads to a (very steep!) path up the South Downs where some barrows and Long Burgh are located.

Oh, there are four pubs too!

Reigate Heath (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery)

This site is easily found and well worth checking out, for all those close to South London and have a car, to find the best examples of possible Bronze Age barrows as close to London as you may find (the next being possibly Croham Hurst in South Croydon).

Take the A25 route from Reigate to Dorking and less than 1km from the town centre you will easily see a turn off into the Heath down Flanchford Road – you can park in a dedicated car park a few hundred yards down. Cross the road and heading NE, you are on the heathland and upon the first of the tumuli that are marked on the nearby council information board - though it is very difficult to discern from the rest of the increasingly undulating landscape that unfolds the further you walk on…

Carry on up the main path and into the trees and take your guess and use your instincts as to where exactly the other tumuli might be – despite the claim to there being seven barrows here! There are two more pronounced barrow like formations as indicated on the notice board and OS maps at TQ236504 (picture to follow) and TQ237505, approx. 30 ft in diameter, with no discernable alignment, and a possible 2 or more north of these a little off the beaten path and very close to the edge of the A25/Buckland Road.

It is an attractive area to walk around despite the close proximity of yet another damn golf course! (re: Addington and Gally Hills closer to Croydon) but you can freely navigate this area! - and do take time to venture south west towards and up around the windmill/chapel for a perspective on the landscape, with rewarding views all around, especially the Downs to the north!

Morden Park Mound (Round Barrow(s))

Happpened upon Morden Park as a detour from wandering along the River Wandle nearby… Despite the iffy history (Roman; built upon previous older pre-historic remains and burial ground?) it is a clearly contrived mound built for some special purpose that makes you wonder.

Sadly littered and graffitied, with the mentioned information sign at the top of the mound removed, probably vandalised; (and yes - if you can deal with the muddy trek!) - despite that it is a wee oasis of calm in London, and commands quite a dominant position in the landscape with views all around, especially more spectacular at this time of year looking at the Winter sun setting through the trees…

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thanks for tuning in!

London bloke stuck in Croydon and making the best of his surroundings - hope you enjoy my contributions from investigating mounds in the locale!...

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