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Hindwell Pool

A view from the road 4.4.16

We approached the pool from the south and it is easy enough to see from the road. In fact you would be hard pushed to miss it. It is very large – bigger than I expected. Despite the drizzle the pool was very calm (unlike the children in the car!). No sign of any ducks or swans. Perhaps it is too early in the year?

Nice place.
Posted by CARL
11th April 2016ce

Old Radnor Church (Christianised Site)

Visited 4.4.16

I do enjoy visiting old churches and associated graveyards; all the more so if there is something interesting and/or prehistoric to see. Old Radnor church certainly does not disappoint. As it was raining Karen and the children stayed in the car as I walked up into the graveyard and headed straight for the grave of Herbert Edmund 1846? who decided to have a ‘standing stone type’ headstone. In fact at first I thought it was a standing stone! No doubt an antiquarian would describe this as a ‘rude stone’! The grass was long and very wet but it was worth getting wet boots for.

I then entered the church to seek out the pre-Norman font. It is very large with four feet and made from a single block of stone. The church also boasts a superb wooden screen and a huge organ which has a stone Green Man carved head next to in on a corbel. I was able to pick up a booklet on the history of the church and two colour postcards (one of the font). The usual honesty box rules apply. This is a great church to visit and I highly recommend doing so when visiting the nearby stone circle.
Posted by CARL
11th April 2016ce

Church of St Michael (Christianised Site)

Visited 4.4.16

You know when you have visited a site and you think to yourself ‘I must come back here again one day’ – well, this was such a site for me.
As I have said before – I like an old church site – and I was disappointed on my last visit that I didn’t have time for a proper look around to see if I could see any evidence of the stones previously reported.

I started at the church but (again) it was locked. I wandered around the graveyard and took a particular interest in the clearly very old yew trees which form a semi-circle around the church.
To my delight next to the last but one tree (furthest away from the gate) I spotted a fallen stone. One side of the trunk of the yew had rotted away and lying on the ground where the trunk would have been was a pointy stone approximately 1m long.

Was this the stone said to be embedded in the hollow of a yew tree? I don’t know for certain but it’s a nice thought. I couldn’t see any other stones lying around and it is certainly possible that this stone fell out of the tree when the trunk rotted.

Glad I cam back :)?
Posted by CARL
11th April 2016ce

Rhino Rift Barrow (Round Barrow(s))

My route heads east again, passing one barrow on the map that doesn’t appear to exist anymore, a load of the cutest spring lambs you ever saw, and then the obvious mound of Rhino Rift barrow. It’s perched above the edge of a steep sided wooded ravine, which presumably is the Rhino Rift itself. The barrow is not round, rather it’s an elongated shape, higher at one end than the other. I’m not surprised to read Chance’s post that it has been considered as a possible long barrow, although it’s not that long. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
10th April 2016ce

Beacon Batch (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery)

Back on the main path, the summit is obvious straight ahead. The map shows a big group of barrows and it’s coming back to me that Thelonious posted some photos a while ago. The going is not too bad as the weather has been dry, but would be horrible in wet conditions.

The first barrow (Burrington 11) is to the north of the path, another substantial mound despite erosion and probable excavation. From it the barrow that the trig pillar sits on obscures the linear group to the east.

The summit mound (Burrington 13) has obviously been resurfaced fairly recently with a new cap of stonework to protect it from erosion. This is the highest point of the Mendip hills and a fantastic viewpoint. As well as the views north and west that I’ve had for most of the day, there are now views south that take in Glastonbury Tor as well as Exmoor away to the southwest.

It’s a well visited place as you’d expect, and while I’m here there are walkers, cyclists and horseriders at various times.

The linear barrow group (Burrington 14-16) immediately east of the summit is also cracking, with wooden signs warning visitors that it is ancient monument and to keep off to prevent erosion. I imagine that the summit barrow itself was always going to be the target for most visitors, so this seems a good way to compromise and keep the other monuments from further damage. Two more barrows (Burrington 18 and 19) lie to the south, providing an excellent spot to head away from the other people and admire the linear group profiled along the skyline.

On such a lovely day, with the wind and sun on my face, this is as good a place as I could wish to be. But by now it’s getting on for 3 o’clock, so I bid a reluctant farewell to the barrows and head east. The path has been resurfaced here and initially provides nice easy going after the boggier ridge. There is a last barrow on the south side of the path (Burrington 20) which sets me on my way downhill.

Eventually the path comes to the edge of the open access land, with fields laid out to the east and another path running north-south. Right at the junction of these paths is another barrow (Burrington 22), but it’s low and buried in heather, offering little in comparison with the group on the summit. I head north briefly to look for a final barrow (Blagdon 1). It proves to be buried under the fence line and badly eroded.

From here my path goes southwest, becoming increasingly wet and marshy. I’m soon hopping precariously from tussock to tussock, and it should come as no surprise to learn that one of the tussocks proves to be less solid than it looked. My tired legs refuse to keep me upright and I’m down on one knee, with an unpleasant feeling of cold, black water trickling into the top of my boot. Gah.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
10th April 2016ce

Black Down (Priddy) (Round Barrow(s))

By now I’m feeling the need to press on, with the biggest hill of the day looming ahead, so I don’t stop very long to search. It is worth pausing to look at the unfolding view of the limestone cliffs across the gorge to the north. Somewhere in that hillside is Aveline’s Hole and there appears to be a hillfort or settlement on the hilltop above it. A good reason to come back to the area anyway.

The climb up onto Black Down is not too bad, a good clear path running above West Twin Brook. The excellent views north across the Severn/Bristol Channel give plenty to admire on each pause for breath. At the top of the ridge, the path is very eroded and muddy and I’m grateful that we haven’t had huge amounts of rain recently. The top of Black Down is a sponge that would make for a challenging visit in wet conditions.

There are plenty of people up here and it’s easy to see why the main path running east-west along the top of the hill is so churned up and eroded. Unfortunately, the same is also true of the pair of barrows immediately beside the path. The northeastern one has been worn down to its stonework and is in a sorry state, crossed directly by the path. The northwestern barrow has fared slightly better than its companion, not being quite so close to the main line of the path. A sparkly slab lies on the edge of the mound, crystals catching the beautiful spring sunshine.

The erosion is a shame as these are excellent barrows, substantial and upstanding, with terrific views. I look down on a now-distant Dolebury Warren and reflect that this walk is probably going to be a bit longer than I thought! Across the Bristol Channel, the hills and mountains of South Wales are still lying under dark clouds and I’m not in the least sorry I decided on the last minute change of plan this morning.

I head south across tussocky and damp ground to the possible third barrow in the group. This one is lower and difficult to discern under dense vegetation. So dense in fact that I startle and flush a deer from the side of the mound, watching it gracefully bound across the treacherously boggy ground.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
10th April 2016ce

Burrington (Black Down) (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery)

There are more barrows shown to the northeast, as well as another cave called Aveline’s Hole. I pass various deep sinkholes, glorying in the names Bos Swallet and Rod’s Pot. Some of these are huge scoops in the ground. As the path gives way to a metalled road, a proper look at the map shows Aveline’s Hole is actually on the other side of a steep gorge, so I reluctantly abandon any idea of a visit today. There are however three barrows (the OS shows one cairn and two tumuli) in an open area of common below the northern slopes of the moorland proper.

This area is deep with the brown stalks of last year’s bracken, which makes barrow hunting somewhat difficult, although not as much as it would be on a summer visit.

I start off looking for the cairn, the northern of the three monuments on the map. After foolishly hacking my way into and back out of a briar patch thinking it was the barrow, I realise that it’s actually a very prominent feature crowned with a stand of silver birch trees. On closer inspection it’s a beauty, lots of stonework and an crisp footprint (although no kerb as such). The trees are no doubt causing damage but enhance the atmosphere immensely, especially as the sun at its zenith is now beating down through a cloudless blue sky. Something of an unexpected highlight, and definitely worth the visit.

Heading south the other two marked barrows are less easy to find. The middle barrow is a low mound next to one of the many paths that criss-cross this open area. It’s misshapen and has hawthorn growing on it, assuming I’ve even found the right thing under all the bracken. I can’t find anything in the marked position of the southernmost barrow, although I think it’s likely to be somewhere near a single silver birch, as these trees seem to feature close to many of the barrows in this area. Either it’s deeply buried in bracken or the map has it in the wrong place.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
10th April 2016ce

Read's Cavern (Cave / Rock Shelter)

Before heading on to the open moorland, the map offers one more site: Read’s Cavern. Heading ESE from the junction of paths, the track follows the course of the stream, soon opening onto a small clearing with a seat. The cavern lies immediately to the north, where the fast-running waters, cold and crystal clear, disappear into the side of the hill. The cave appears to be accessible, but only if you’re prepared for a proper caving expedition. The limestone rocks around the entrance are liberally decorated with fossils of sea-creatures from impossibly distant epochs of time.

The entrance is very small and the water pouring in suggests an instant soaking. A sign fixed to the rockface above gives an emergency call-out number in case of difficulties. I’m not equipped either mentally or physically to go pot-holing on this trip, so I sit near the entrance for a while and watch the splash and sparkle of the water.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
10th April 2016ce

Rowberrow Warren (Cairn(s))

To the southeast, the route drops gently towards the upper end of a valley. On the other side is a dense conifer forest that wouldn’t be out of place above the South Wales valleys. Somewhere over there the OS map shows a pair of cairns, which I’m intending to call in on before climbing onto the main Mendips ridge. The first thing that stands out is a large area of felling – the cairns are somewhere in it, which will either make them easy to find or impossible.

Luckily there’s not a huge amount of height loss to cross the valley at its head. Bridleways head off in several directions – to get to the first cairn I take the one heading west then a fork to the southwest, which slopes gently uphill into the felled area. The map shows the cairn at a bend in the track, right in the heart of the felling. I could be back in the Welsh forests here. Forestry clearance is a messy business, often leaving deeps ruts from the machinery and then a burst of vegetation as the tree covers disappears. This is no exception. I find the cairn right by the track, hidden at first glance by the high verges pushed up by logging vehicles. It’s in a sorry state, the edge has been damaged by the felling operation and it’s covered in a tangle of brambles and bracken. The only redeeming feature is a single silver birch, left to grow on the western side of the mound.

Once over the pitiful state of the immediate surroundings though, the location can be appreciated. The cairn looks down the steep-sided valley between Dolebury Warren to the north and the high Mendips ridge to the south. As with many of the upland cairns of South Wales, there seems to be a definite relationship between watercourses and the placing of these Bronze Age funerary monuments.

I head back the way I’ve come to the junction of paths. The second cairn is also in a felled area, this time a narrow triangle of land between tracks. The OS map shows it as right next to a bridleway heading onto Black Down. Unfortunately the felling here has left behind a deep tangle of bracken and water-filled ruts and ridges. I head uphill, but the track seems to follow a slightly different route to the map and after a while of fruitless prodding about in the bracken and tree stumps I reluctantly abandon the search. I’m sure it’s still here somewhere, but I won’t be the one to find it this time.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
10th April 2016ce

Dolebury Warren (Hillfort)

The approach is through woods, climbing fairly sharply although not quite taking the direct route up the scarp. I’m anticipating a slog but in fact the ramparts come into sight pretty quickly – after spending so much time in the Welsh uplands it’s easy to forget that the hills here are not very big, for all that they’re very steep-sided. The sun starts to break through as I reach the western entrance.

It’s immediately apparent that this is a first rate hillfort in great preservation. There are two lines of ramparts, the inner one much higher than the outer and built of stone blocks. The western entrance is at the lowest part of the fort, which continues to climb steeply towards the top of the hill a good 30 metres higher than where I’m standing. The banks are inturned and the entrance appears to be an original one.

I follow the rampart along its northern side, steadily climbing as it goes. The fetish for building shelters that has damaged so many Bronze Age summit cairns is in evidence here too, with the plentiful stone of the rampart obviously being too difficult to resist messing about. Actually, it’s a pretty windswept place. Although the sun is now out, when it occasionally dips behind ragged cloud there’s a serious chill and I’m quickly reminded that it’s still early in the year to be wandering around a hillfort in a t-shirt.

As the rampart climbs, the views open out wonderfully in every direction but east. The Severn is the main event, looking towards Steep Holm and Flat Holm islands that we got familiar with walking the coast path on the opposite side. I also recognise Brean Down and assume the urban sprawl to be Weston-super-Mare. Almost due west a wooded hill with open interior is the neighbouring Banwell Plain hillfort.

The ditch between the ramparts is overgrown in places, but there is obviously regular clearance of scrub going on. A couple of dog walkers and a couple of walkers are dotted around the fort, but it’s a big place and there’s no sense of intrusion. Reaching the very top of the fort there’s another entrance facing east, also looking like it’s probably original. The views are now magnificent, right across to South Wales – if the cloud and rain lifted there, I’ve no doubt the Brecon Beacons would be readily visible. To the south the high ridge of the Mendips blocks the view, open moorland that will be my next objective once I leave here.

But first there’s the southern circuit and interior. On the south side the rampart is less built-up, but the reasoning is obvious as the ground falls very steeply away to a lovely wooded gorge below. Rowberrow church is visible across the ravine, and in a field beyond there is a sizeable round barrow that just manages to be obscured by trees no matter where I stand on the rampart. I head back up into the fort’s interior, which is heavily scarred and pitted. The fort’s name gives the reason away, as it was the site of a huge artificial rabbit warren in the 17th century. At the highest part of the interior, just inside the eastern entrance, there is a low curving linear feature with a square structure inside. This was apparently the garden wall and footings of the warren-keeper’s house. I wonder what it must have been like to live here, surrounded by rabbits and the ghosts of the original inhabitants. Whatever, it makes a great spot for an early lunch before heading east.

A final touch as I leave is the way Steep Holm in the Bristol Channel is framed by the eastern entrance. What a great place this is. I reluctantly turn away, hugely impressed by this great fort with its sweeping views.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
10th April 2016ce

Trefllys (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Visited 5.4.2016

In the village of Pentrefelin on the right hand side of the A497 when heading east.
Best place to park is a side road opposite the stone – parking on the A497 is not recommended!
The stone is very tall and narrow and ‘square like’. It has white lichen on it.

It always amazes me how standing stones manage to survive in built up areas. This is a very fine stone and well worth seeking out when in the vicinity.
Posted by CARL
9th April 2016ce

Hindwell round barrow group (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery)

‘Drive by’ 4.4.2016

The Hindwell Ash barrow is easily visible on the western side of the minor road which runs past it. It is in line with a hedgerow. I think it had a small tree growing out of it.

My memory isn’t what it was! :)
Posted by CARL
9th April 2016ce

Dolddeuli (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Visited 7.4.2016

A short distance south west of Pant Clyd cairn off the A494. On private land owned by Dolddeuli Farm. Right up against the disused railway embankment.

I had previously attempted to visit this stone a couple of times over the years but could never find the right turn off. Driving slowly along the busy A494 looking for a small turning is not as easy as it sounds! However, it was early evening in early Spring and I had the chance of a lift in a transit van so I was hopeful that this year I would succeed. Succeed I did but it was still not that easy………..

It took a while to find the correct turning, much looking at map and scratching of head required. Once we identified the turning and drove up the narrow lane under what would have been a railway bridge I still couldn’t see the stone. I expected it to come into view immediately to my right but the farm house and out buildings put a stop to that. We continued along the lane past the farm and uphill into woodland. I peered across the fields next to the farm but still couldn’t spot the stone. We turned around and drove back to the farm.
We pulled up outside and the farmer (who viewed us with much suspicion) came out to meet us. (I can’t say I blame him as we were strangers driving around back lanes in a transit van – there is a lot of countryside crime). I showed him my map and explained what I was looking for. He didn’t seem convinced. I kept up the chatter and he said the stone could be viewed from the lane we had just driven along but there was no access to it as it is on private land – his!

At this point I said I would walk up the lane behind his form and try to spot the stone from there as it was something I had wanted to see for some time. At this point his demure started to change and he said that if I was that keen to see the stone he would escort me to the stone through the farm yard. We headed past the buildings and barking dogs and out into the field beyond – which had several sheep in it. The stone (at last) soon came into sight. It is in a square fenced area built into the side of the railway embankment – no wonder I couldn’t see it! The stone is approximately 5ft high x 3ft wide x 1.5ft deep. Squared off in shape. It was covered in green, white and orange lichen – quite pretty really.

Upon complimenting him on ‘his’ fine stone he became more friendly and chatty. He told me that years ago his uncle owned the farm and had dug to the bottom of the stone to see if anything was there? He reported that the stone was in the ground to a depth of about 2ft but he could find nothing buried beneath it. He also said that there was another standing stone built into a dry stone wall on the hillside to the north east which lines up with this stone. He said the other stone doesn’t appear on any map but it is there. (He also built dry stone walls for a living) When he took over the farm the stone was totally grown over but he cleared away the vegetation.
An amusing tale he told me was his late uncle never had to buy any coal for the fire as he came up with the idea of placing a bottle on top of the stone. Apparently when the railway was in use bored rail workers used to throw lumps of coal at the bottle to try to hit it. Each evening he would go out with a bucket and collect the coal for the fire. If they actually managed to knock the bottle off his simply put it back on top of the stone ready for the next day! This all came to an end with the Beeching rail closures.

He said he still used the stone to train his sheep dogs. The small enclosure the stone stands in was just right for shepherding the sheep into and also for training the dog to manoeuvre the sheep around the stone. The sheep also use the stone as a rubbing post and keep the grass trim around it.
We headed back to the van and he recalled many stories of historical ‘finds’ discovered over the years by farmers around the nearby hills and valleys. We parted on very good terms, something which didn’t seem likely when I first arrived!

If you do plan a visit I suggest you either try to view from the lane behind the farm or ask permission. This is not a place where a ‘sneak visit’ would be advised.
Posted by CARL
9th April 2016ce

Pant Clyd (Cairn(s))

Next to Pant Clyd Farm – off the A494 – south west of Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake)

‘Drive by’ 7.4.2016

The cairn is situated in a field next to the farm house. For a close-up look you will need to ask permission from the landowner but the cairn is visible from the road if you are in a ‘high up’ vehicle – 4x4 etc. I was having a lift in a transit van so was able to see over the hedge. I have previously failed to spot the cairn when driving past in my car due to said hedge. There is nowhere to park other than at the farm.
The cairn is visible as a low stony mound with a large tree growing out of its northern edge. I would estimate the cairn is approximately 1m high x 10m across. But this was viewed from a distance whilst driving as slow as possible along a busy road so my measurements may not be that accurate!

Strangely COFLEIN has no comment to make although the cairn is marked on the O/S map.
Posted by CARL
9th April 2016ce

Upper Shampher (Kerbed Cairn)

Visited: April 8, 2016

Credit for this site really belongs to Drew because it was originally his initiative to search for it. Just the day before, he, Ashley, Bess and myself spent an enjoyable time visiting stone circles and cairns in the area. And although we had no trouble locating the giant 3 metre tall Upper Shampher round cairn, we failed to track down this lesser-known kerbed cairn because we lacked an adequately detailed map.

The following day promised superb weather and, after checking my maps, I set out to climb Scolty Hill, including a short detour to search for Upper Shampher Kerbed Cairn. This was accomplished following a 45 minute walk from the FC car-park.

Upper Shampher Kerbed Cairn is reputed, by Carnmore, to have been robbed, but nevertheless is an attractive mound, probably only half a metre in height, but exhibiting a robust kerb, somewhat tumbledown on the south, but otherwise essentially complete. The ring is filled with sizeable, moss-covered boulders, though whether they belong to the original cairn, or result from field clearance, is probably anyone's guess.

The route to the cairn starts at the Forestry car-park for Scolty. and follows the gently rising low-level path that contours round the north side of the hill, eventually reaching a col at NO 674 936. Ahead, a substantial wall stretches off to the west, and a well-worn path follows it on its north side. Five minutes walking brings you to a gate in the wall. Go through the gate and the cairn lies just 40 metres beyond, to the southwest.

More information from Canmore.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
8th April 2016ce
Edited 14th April 2016ce

Downie Hillock (Hillfort)

Downie Hillock, back in the day, would have been a superbly situated Iron Age hillfort and it still is except that it is now surrounded by Downie Wood.

Heading west from Forres, on the A96, head north west on the minor road at the visitor centre (actually a very expensive shop) and keep going until the wood after the first crossroads. This is Downie Wood and the fort is to the west. I parked in the furthest north of the forestry car parks and walked west. There is a path of sorts which almost leads straight to the fort. Easily spotted as it is the only hilly thing there.

There are traces of rampart on the southern edges with a sort of terrace also. I can confirm the ditch as I fell into it. The forestry people have done the site a massive favour by clearing all the trees so a clear idea of shape, oval 30 by 18 meters, can be seen.

After a good look round and a check of the old legs it was back to the car with the incessant rain and mist for company.

Visited 6/4/2016.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
6th April 2016ce

Cluny Hill (Hillfort)

Forres has a lot of well known history i.e. all the Macbeth stuff, the infamous Witches Stones, the Pictish Sueno and Rodney Stones but hardly any mention of the fort. Some locals, as I found out, still refer to the hill as a fort rather than Nelson's Tower which was built close by.

I left the B9010, St Leonards Road, at the lodge to the cemetery and kept going until a wee car park. By this time the torrential rain had abated to a downpour and I was on the wrong side of the hill. Luckily for me a local told me the directions and more interestingly referred to the hill as a fort. Old legends and myth are alive in Forres.

From here I walked until the track cuts back on itself and then headed east through the graveyard. Keep going until the far exit and follow the track up hill. A sign marked Nelsons Tower should be followed until the tower is reached. Look south and a gap in the trees can be seen. The fort is on the other side.

Sadly with the graveyard and tower this is a very popular place and a public park with the ramparts of the fort all but gone. Still on another day the views would be superb and the forts defences made all the more difficult by their steepness and today the driving rain. Reports from the 1830s suggest it must have been a huge fort.

With that it was back to the car and it still chucked it down.

Visited 4/4/2016.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
5th April 2016ce

Auldearn Cairn & Stone Row (Stone Row / Alignment)

As Canmore says this is a badly damaged site as the cairn some which is 13 meters wide and is at least 30 meters in length has taken a battering. As I remember the visit took place on a freezing morning. (I posted the picture much later in year completely forgetting I'd visited the site and then promptly forgot the fieldnotes.) Still it survives with it's stone row friend which also has been shoved around and in 4 cases toppled. The nearby circle is hiding in a nearby garden.

Coming from the east of Auldearn, on the A96, take the B9101 towards the village then take the first minor road heading south east. The cairn and stone row are in the field immediately after Roundall Wood. Look west and visit on a warmer day.

Visited 3/2/2009.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
4th April 2016ce

Corn Du (Cairn(s))

Visited 3.4.16

If anything it was even windier here - I didn't think that was possible! As with Pen Y Fan the cairn has been 'tidied up' and (again as per Pen Y Fan) people were queueing up to have their photos taken on top of it.

It was now getting even colder - time to get back to the shelter of the valley below. Hopefully next time I come I will actually be able to see something!
Posted by CARL
3rd April 2016ce

Pen-y-Fan (Cairn(s))

Visited 3.4.16

'Let's do a team building exercise' - not something you would want to hear in work (and certainly not something I normally approve of) but on this occassion the 'exercise' was to walk up Pen-Y-Fan. Sounded good to me. No only would I get to visit a site which has been on my list for too long but I also score 'Brownie Points' with my manager!

I took Dafydd and Sophie with me to make it a bit of a familly event as well. The weather wasn't great but at least it was forecast dry(ish). We met at the car park and headed out across the small wooden bridge and uo the long path. There were lots of people about and the car park and grass verges were full.

All was fine until we got about 3/4 of the way up and could see the summit was lost in cloud! As we neared the top the wind became very strong and the temperature dropped. It also started to hail! Sophie was finding it hard going and soon was wearing two sets of gloves and two coats. I also had to part carry her as she was getting tired, cold and miserable. Dafydd on the other hand took it all in his stride.

Upon reaching the cairn we were engulfed in cloud and could only see about 20m in any direction. No views at all of the surrounding countryside - just a blanket of grey. Sophie was happy at last when she found a few patches of snow to play with.

WE didn't hang around too long and my boss decided to go back down via Corn Du - another idea I approved of! This is a place I will definitely re-visit - but on a nicer day! :)
Posted by CARL
3rd April 2016ce

Fountain Hillock (Artificial Mound)

On day of looking for sites, getting drenched and getting lost this was a very easy but lovely site to find.

The man made mound (according to the farmer at Cauldcots) sits at 27 meters wide and is over 3 meters high. As Canmore describes it has been levelled at some point which leaves to top sitting at some 9 meters in width. Some damage has been done by wildlife on the eastern side and not to be out done there is some man made houking on the northern side but none of this detracts from the site. In fact it shows how the site was constructed. On a clearer day this place would have fantastic all round views, but on this day it was very atmospheric almost as if it wanted to have a private conversation with nature. Then I turned up :-)

From Fettercairn follow the road to the excellent distillery (somehow I managed not to stop) and keep going until Cauldcots Farm. The mound is slightly further on with a track leading to it. Lovely place, lovely area and lots of nearby sites to visit.

Visited 26/3/2016.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
30th March 2016ce

Cold Pixie's Cave (Round Barrow(s))

Visited 26.3.16

Easily spotted south of the B3055 - a short distance west of the Hatchet Pond Barrow. The previous excavation of this barrow has left it well mangled.

E.H. state:
This monument includes a round barrow situated on lowland heath. The barrow mound, which was partially excavated during the winter of l941/2, measures 29m in diameter and 1.7m high. It was constructed of turves and gravel and is surrounded by a 2.3m wide ditch from which the mound material was quarried during construction. This ditch now survives as a 3m wide and 0.25m deep earthwork. No burial was found, the only find of note being an amber necklace.
Posted by CARL
28th March 2016ce

Hatchet Pond (Round Barrow(s))

Visited 26.3.16

Easily spooted south of the B3055.
Another barrow covered in gorse.
Immediately east of the barrow is an earthwork consisting of a low bank and ditch. No idea how old this is?

E.H. state:
This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on lowland heath. The barrow mound is relatively flat topped and measures 25m in diameter and stands up to 0.7m high. A slight hollow in the mound centre suggests previous robbing or early exploration of the site. Although no longer visible at ground level, a ditch, from which material was quarried during construction of the monument, surrounds the barrow mound. This has become infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature c.2m wide. This monument is one of a widely scattered group of round barrows situated on Beaulieu Heath.
Posted by CARL
28th March 2016ce

Ipers Bridge Road (Round Barrow(s))

Visited 26.3.2016.

Both barrows are easy to spot from the road but are both covered y the dreaded gorse.

E. H. state:
This monument includes two bell barrows situated on lowland heath. The southern barrow mound measures 16m in diameter and stands up to 1.4m high. Surrounding the mound is a level berm or platform, surviving to an average width of 2.2m, a ditch, from which material was quarried during the construction of the barrow, and an outer bank. The ditch has become partly infilled over the years, but survives as a slight earthwork 2m wide and 0.8m deep; the bank is 2.7m wide and 0.4m high. The overall diameter of this barrow is 35m. The northern barrow mound measures 14m in diameter and stands up to 1.5m high. Surrounding the mound is a berm, which has an average width of 1m, a ditch, which is 2m wide and 0.5m deep, and an outer bank 3.5m wide and 0.4m high. The overall diameter of this barrow is 33m. Both barrow mounds have evidence for partial excavation or robbing in the form of a slight hollow in the mound centre.
Posted by CARL
28th March 2016ce

Wolstonbury (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

20/03/2016 - We were going to come off the hills just past Ditchling Beacon on our walk from Lewes but the pull of Wolstonbury Hill proved too strong. It had been an overcast day but the sun finally came out as we started the climb to the top. Good earthwork surrounding the large summit area. I liked this one. Nice place to while away a few hours. We headed down the steep north side and made our way to Burgess Hill. A fine site to finish our trip down south with. thelonious Posted by thelonious
27th March 2016ce
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