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The Nine Stones of Winterbourne Abbas (Stone Circle)

It is no longer possible to visit the circle via the A35 and over the little bridge which is gone.

The gate is sealed and a sign directs to access via the Little chef and path- a bit late if you didn't know! But probably a good thing as it had to be one of them more dangerous routes to a circle.

Clava Cairns

We stumbled over various large stones with possible cup marks in the meadow and found a couple of the same built into garden walls.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/66391623@N03/sets/72157627435147864/

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Mains of Clava NE (Clava Cairn)

Never noticed before but the stone is aligned exactly east west.

The Clerk's Well (Sacred Well)

If you wish to inspect the well at close quarter. Contact the local historian at Finsbury Library. They have a key and will open the space by arrangement.

There is little about any pre-historic provenance but the little exhibition next to the well is interesting.

The room housing the well is suffering from subsidence and will undergo restoration and be closed for a period soon.

Vauxhall Cross (Ancient Trackway)

To view the site of the timber structure, walk north east along the embankment road from the southern end of Vauxhall bridge past the MI5 building. This is easy to spot as it looks exactly like a secret services building. Between Mi5 and the adjacent office building is a short road which leads to a ramp down into the river. This is the route used by the amphibious London 'Duck' tours.

You will need to go at very low tide. Tide times can be found here:

http://www.pla.co.uk/display_fixedpage.cfm/id/11/

(Add an hour or so onto the Tower Pier times).

Turn left at the bottom and walk under the bridge. On either side of the bridge in the embankment wall you will pass the outfalls of the river Effra. (Opposite further upstream on the north bank you will see an arched opening which is one of the outfalls of the river Tyburn). The structure is visible as a collection of timber stumps in the river just beyond the huge green glass St George's apartment development which is above you on your left.

The timbers can also be seen from above - again only at very low tide - from the raised embankment path to the south west of the bridge at the end of the St George's development - not where the information board claims.

Tenants Hill (Enclosure)

In case it isn't obvious, this enclosure and the adjacent hut circle are a short walk from the Kingston Russell stone circle.

Walk down the hill towards Little Bredy. There is a fence with two gates in it. Take the right hand and walk straight ahead. The hut circle (5m diameter) is the raised green doughnut in front with the similarly shaped but larger (15m diameter) enclosure a little further on and to the left.

The entrances of both (like the Grey Mare and possibly the circle) are aligned South East

They are beautifully sited on the slope of this amazing valley and, with the stone circle, grey mare and other adjacent tumuli, form part of a little Neolithic sequence - and presumably once, a linked community

The stone here is a real mixture of Oolite, flint and quartz. Pick a pebble up and you can see the sparks dance in the sunlight.
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