Weekend Wandering: The hunt for Lanhill Longbarrow
Last weekend's walk was a new-to-me-route from home and full of surprises. The quest was to find Lanhill Longbarrow, something I've known about for a while and probably Chippenham's oldest feature, as it dates back to between 3,500 and 2,500 BC i.e. Neolithic times.
The first surprise I found was the pictured intriguing stone at the side of the road... it looked ancient - especially as my head was full of images of standing stones at the time - but what looks like a mason's mark towards the bottom made me think it's not quite as old as it might be.
Then I found the footpath to the barrow, which was surprisingly not at the top of the hill where I thought it would be, especially as there's a tell-tale clump of trees, but I liked the view over the surrounding countryside anyway.
As I walked down the hill, I suddenly saw a low-ish mound with a gaping black hole. I had found the barrow!
- The original account of the barrow I discovered a while ago which made me resolve to go and find it. It took me several years and the purchase of the local larger scale Ordnance Survey map under Lockdown last year to realise it wasn't as inaccessible as I thought.
- A more recent and atmospheric account of a visit to the barrow.
- Historic England's information about the site. Chippenham has a nationally important monument on its doorstep.