“Lovely Site, peaceful and quiet. Nice place to escape the tourists.”
Given this is about a mile walk, and most of it is uphill, this site is not frequently visited by tourists. However, if you don't mind the walk, it's easily accessible, and leads to a terrific view in several directions. It's also very suitable for children of all ages as long as you can convince them to climb the hill.
I was on a business trip but had visited before and wanted to take my co-worker to enjoy the view. It was spring lambing season and the field was filled with cautious and wary sheep and young frolicking lambs.
The parking area is just a lay by on a single track road, but it's clearly marked and easy to get to from Winchcombe. After going over the stile, the first 100 meters is the worst, up a steep hill and into the first of several fields.
As we crested this first hill we were greeted by gentle Cotswold mist which others might describe as a light rain. The footpath turns left and goes another 100 meters or so to a stone wall, then turns again and begins to climb. As we climbed, we encountered dozens of young lambs who were gathered near the stone wall, keeping a little dry. However as we would approach each group they would nervously bleat and leap off to find their mum, no matter how slowly and cautiously we'd approach.
After nearly cresting the hill, we went through a kissing gate and then the footpath went into a wood for the final 100 meters, with only a gentle incline. This was slow going in the mud and unfortunately I managed to slip and fall and cover myself with Cotswold loam. Nonetheless, we walked on the final few feet to the long barrow.
The Long Barrow is contained in an enclosure surrounded by a low stone wall and we went over another stile to enter. There isn't really all that much to see although we did enter one of the burial chambers to get out of the rain for a few minutes. We enjoyed the view for a while and had a slightly soggy lunch. There is one interpretive sign near the stile with a map of the barrow and which explains what was found in the various excavations over the years.
The views are better on the walk back down and best of all, it's really all downhill. We also found that we could avoid the muddy wood by just walking through the adjacent field.
Highly recommended. This is not necessarily a "must see" but if you have the time and do go, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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