Stoney Littleton Long Barrow is one of the country's finest accessible examples of a Neolithic chambered tomb. Dating from about 3500 BC, it is 30 metres long and has multiple burial chambers open to view.
Read more about the history of the barrow.
Before You Go
Parking: There is a small free car park off Littleton Lane, approximately one mile from Wellow.
How to Find It: From the car park, cross the bridge and turn left, following the finger posts uphill for 1/4 mile.
Access: The walk is a moderate climb with three stiles to cross. The route can be muddy in places, so we recommend sturdy footwear.
Please Be Aware:
- The site is exposed so come prepared with suitable clothing.
- Sheep are regularly grazing the fields en route, so please keep dogs on a lead.
- Bring a torch to explore the full extent of the barrow interior.
Plan a Great Day Out
The elevated position of the barrow affords great views over the surrounding countryside and is a lovely spot for a picnic.
A short drive away you'll find Stanton Drew Stone Circles and Cove. Situated in a village, the two fascinating stone circles and the three stone 'cove' make up the third largest complex of prehistoric standing stones in England. In the opposite direction you'll find Farleigh Hungerford Castle, an intriguing ruin set in a tranquil valley of the River Frome.
c 3500 BCA Barrow for Ancestors
A 30-metre-long barrow is built, containing multiple-sided chambers. A special slab with a fossil ammonite is built into the entrance. Human remains are placed within the chambers.
The barrow survives intact until the site owner, a local farmer, discovers it when he breaks into the chambers in search of road stone.
The barrow is opened and explored by Revd J Skinner and Sir R Colt Hoare. They uncover human skeleton parts and confused heaps of bones.
A plaque beside the entrance records that a restoration of the barrow by Mr TJ Joliffe was carried out 'with scrupulous exactness'.
Stoney Littleton Long Barrow is one of the earliest sites to be taken into state guardianship.
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