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Cotswold Weekend Draft Itinerary

SATURDAY June 15th

    Thornborough Henges              HG4 5LH layby next to site

    Coffee Break - Bean Emporium YO51 9BA car park at the back

    Devil’s Arrows                         YO51 9LR on road opposite site

    Lunch - Poppies Café               HG4 1LX Sainsbury’s car park

    Ripon Cathedral

    Brimham Rocks                       HG3 4DW

    Evening meal & talk – TBC

09.30 - We will meet Adrian, our guide for the weekend, at Thornborough Henges.

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-ordered).

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-founded as a Benedictine monastery by St Wilfrid in 672. The church became collegiate in the 10th century, and acted as a mother church within the large Diocese of York for the remainder of the Middle Ages. The present church is the fourth, and was built between the 13th and 16th centuries.

Further information:



The final visit of the day will be Brimham Rocks, a National Trust site – parking is free for members, £6.00 for non-members. This is heather moorland; there are pathways but the

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-rocks

19.00 – Meet at Pub (TBC) for evening meal and talk by Adrian.               Next page - Sunday