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A pictorial visitors guide to the Long Barrow at Ash Holt in Lincolnshire
Bank Holiday Monday and the weather is glorious - I must be in the wrong country !
Clearly not to be wasted so a flying early morning start saw me breakfasting whilst studying an Ordnance Survey map looking for somewhere to cycle to

The trip would take me through Waltham, Barnolby Le Beck and on to Beelsby taking in some of the most vicoius hills in the area - not only are the high but a really long drag.
I tackled them with grit and determination and despite being a little rusty on the cycling front managed them though a pounding chest suggested only just !

My destination was the wood Ash Holt. which is a SAM ( Scheduled Ancient Monument ) and the Neolithic long Barrow contained therein.
It’s situated on the road to Swallow and set in glorious countryside shown quite to its best by the beautiful clear sky and blazing sun.

Ash Holt Wood

The Road to Ash Holt with the copse on the right

A long barrow is a prehistoric monument dating to the early Neolithic period. They are rectangular or trapezoidal earth mounds traditionally interpreted as collective tombs.

Long Barrow

The area around the Long Barrow

Given their nature they are not perhaps the most exciting of thing purely to look at, especially here as it is very overgrown but given their great age there really is something special about standing on a site which was of huge importance to out prehistoric ancestors

ancient Lincolnshire Monuments

The actual area

As with previous trips it was both a day to savour and to cherish - as I sit here this evening the day has gone, never to return so it is particularly satisfying to have made to absolute most of it.
With no cars or people about and an almost serene silence only occasionally punctuated by the distant discharge of a shotgun it is easy to imagine you are seeing and experiencing the site much as it was many centuries ago.

Lincolnshire Cycling Trips

The old and the new - somehow sitting happily together

On returning I sat in my garden, surrounded by trees and looking out onto the kitchen garden, I was sheltered and in total privacy - as I enjoyed a well-earned smoke and green tea it was a time to reflect:
I am increasingly interested in ancient history but always look forward in my own life. I believe advancing years tends to make history of greater interest yet I don’t display the usual other symptom of always looking back at one’s own life.
My hope is that I can continue to enjoy days such as this for many years to come - I may find the hills harder one day but I’ll still try - it’s so worth the effort

Thoughtfully Yours


  1. Little Brother said,

    May 25, 2009 @ 9:14 pm

    Sounds like a great day, love the pics. Beats a first day back at work anytime :(


  2. WoE said,

    May 25, 2009 @ 11:41 pm


    Rusty on the cycling front not good news but rust on the cycling rear is much worse…. steer clear of it if you can… the Witches will recommend an effective ointment :)

    Great post. These historic sites are all around us if we care to look…… did you pick up any vibes from the Barrow? Some Coven members spent time at the coast, something we haven’t done for years. We had a splendid afternoon arriving as the swarm of day trippers were leaving… perfect timing if a little on the windy side, still you can’t have everything and the sea breeze certainly felt bracing though our modern day arctic fleeces. It is well documented now that the area covered by the north sea between Britain and the continent, was once the fertile dwelling place of stone age man…. they still find evidence under the waves.

    There are such things as cycling holidays Rod….it’s possible to even venture outside the county. Don’t worry you won’t fall off, the world is spherical and something a bit like cosmic velcro keeps our feet and wheels firmly planted… something of a challenge on a bike but one you might enjoy :)


  3. Rod said,

    May 26, 2009 @ 7:42 am

    keep working hard - your countrty needs you !

  4. Rod said,

    May 26, 2009 @ 7:44 am

    some of these places do feel ‘different’ at times but I suspect that is state of mind really.
    If was was stoood in Sainsbury’s Car Park I wouldn’t be thinking about people buried, who has been here before, ancient rites etc.

    Don’t worry you won’t fall off, the world is spherical
    I’ll have to review my membership of The Flat Earth Society then :)

  5. Lincoln Museum said,

    July 6, 2009 @ 8:19 pm

    […] One of the things that really caught my eye was this skull, it’s over 4,000 years old and was excavated from a barrow at Walcott Common and is the oldest known skull found in the county.The exhibits are laid out in chronological order so you can see the development of Lincolnshire stage by stage, period by period. It’s not only educational but fascinating as well. You have to actually see these artefacts in the raw to truly appreciate them - a picture of an old Saxon sword is just that - a picture - but look at the real thing and you cannot but imagine the arm that wielded it, the damage it did, where it’s life took it - marvellous ! […]

  6. James clayton said,

    May 27, 2016 @ 7:00 am

    Hi rod I’m a keen biker and runner most of my routes are round swallow and cuxwold i run past ash Holt quite often and it’s all over grown with a gate saying private keep out

  7. Rod said,

    May 27, 2016 @ 7:02 am

    Thanks for the update, much appreciated and welcome to the site.

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