Cotswold Weekend Draft Itinerary
SATURDAY June 15th
Thornborough Henges HG4 5LH layby next to site
Coffee Break -
Devil’s Arrows YO51 9LR on road opposite site
Brimham Rocks HG3 4DW
Evening meal & talk – TBC
It is a short walk onto the uneven grassed field from the road, with a bit of a climb up the central henge bank (bring a trekking pole if you usually use one). We will spend just over an hour exploring and dowsing the central henge.
The Thornborough Henges are an unusual ancient monument complex that includes the three aligned henges that give the site its name. The complex includes many large ancient structures including a cursus, henges, burial grounds and settlements. They are thought to have been part of a Neolithic and Bronze Age 'ritual landscape' comparable with Salisbury Plain and date from between 3500 and 2500BC. This monument complex has been called 'The Stonehenge of the North' and has been described by English Heritage as the most important ancient site between
Stonehenge and the Orkney Islands.
Further information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thornborough_Henges
We drive to Boroughbridge, stopping for a coffee break at Bean Emporium, and then visiting
the Devil’s Arrows. This will involve a short walk though an arable field. We will spend about
an hour exploring and dowsing the stones. The Devil's Arrows consists of three huge stones that remain from an original four or five that stood in a southeast to northwest alignment less than 200 metres from the modern day A1(M) motorway. They date from either the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age.
Further information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil’s_Arrows
We will lunch in Ripon at Poppies Café (pre-
After lunch we will visit Ripon Cathedral, spending about an hour exploring this ancient church.
The Cathedral Church of St Peter and St Wilfrid, commonly known as Ripon Cathedral, is a cathedral in the North Yorkshire city of Ripon. Founded as a monastery by Scottish monks in the 660s, it was re-
The final visit of the day will be Brimham Rocks, a National Trust site – parking is free for members, £6.00 for non-
ground is generally uneven – it is possible to clamber over some of the Milestone Grit Rocks.
There are toilets and a refreshment kiosk, both of which close at 16.30, the site stays open
until 21.00, we will aim to finish about 17.00. The natural spectacle of Brimham Rocks, with its giant rock formations, was created by an immense river 100 million years before the first dinosaurs walked the earth. The rocks, sculpted by 320 million years of ice, wind, and the movement of entire
continents, have taken on weird and wonderful shapes.
Further information: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brimham-
19.00 – Meet at Pub (TBC) for evening meal and talk by Adrian. Next page -