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.
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.
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
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.
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