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Belas Knapp - SP 022254 - Winchcombe

Belas Knapp

Belas Knapp mapImpressive Neolithic chambered long barrow, oriented N/S. About 52m long and 18m wide at the wider end. Deep "horned" forecourt at the north end, leading to a false entrance. The burial chambers are built into the sides of the barrow, one about half way along each side, a third on the east side close to the south end and the fourth at the south end of the barrow. Each chamber is reached along a short passage.

Excavation of the barrow revealed over 30 skeletons, a number of whose skulls showed evidence of heavy blows at or just before the time of death, flint sickle blades and saws and a perforated boar's tusk pendant. There is now an English Heritage signpost on the road, to help find this site. It's a good walk up through some woods, and over a hill and can get a bit muddy.

Cinderford - SO 6151 - Forest of Dean

St Anthony's Well stands in woodland to the north of the town and is reached by starting at Jubilee Road and following the pathway out of the town. The well is traditionally visited at sunrise in May.

Hempsted - SO 8117 - West of Gloucester

Lady's Well near to St Swithun's church. The waters are contained in a well-house in a field. Take the path to the right of the church's main entrance to reach the well.

Hetty Pegler's Tump - Map 162 - SO 789001 - Uley

Petty Hegler's TumpNeolithic chambered long barrow. Oriented E/W, the barrow is about 36m long and 25m wide at the east end. There is a deep forecourt at the east end, leading to a gallery inside the mound which gives access to two chambers on each side of the barrow and the larger terminal chamber, ie the layout is not unlike that of the barrow at West Kennet. The barrow was excavated in the 1850s, when more than a dozen skeletons were discovered.

Kept locked, though the key is kept at the nearby farm and access is not generally a problem. You will need a torch to explore the interior.

Lydney - SO 616026 - Lydney Park

Remains of substantial Roman complex including a temple dedicated to Nodens, a local hunting God. The site also includes a promontary fort (probably 1st centure bce) with earthworks enclosing 5 acres and a Romano-British iron mine, at least one of whose galleries can still be explored. The temple is late, apparently being founded in the 4th century, and includes a suite of baths and a guesthouse for pilgrims to the temple. Many votive offerings have been found in excavations. The site overall is complex, with various additions and enhancements being made up until the end of the Roman occupation.