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West Kennet Long Barrow
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

Please visit this wonderful ancient monument. It is such a special experience to be able to enter the barrow.

Visited May 2014
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Polperro, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

It's a Long Barrow - an ancient monument. Again, as with the rest of the Avebury sacred landscape, you find there that which you bring with you, or are open to receiving. There's a walk up hill to get to it, and it consists of a long raised barrow, of which you can access the first part only (the rest has collapsed). There are 4 side chambers, and one larger chamber at the end which has had a skylight inserted. WKLB is used for ritual and ceremonies by local Pagans of various paths. Some less responsible types leave tealights lit and stuck in the stone walls (covering them in soot and cracking the stones), others dribble candle wax on the stones - so occasionally you'll find teams of people clearing it all up.

It's also nice to sit on top of the barrow, just taking in the rolling Wiltshire landscape, and the big sky. Meditate, drum, chant, be still. A nice walk, and an historic monument. Neolithic peoples seemed to much more involved with their dead than we are today, where it's all squared away by someone else - archaeologists believe that the bones that were kept in the chambers here were brought out regularly and used in some way - ritually most likely!

Anyway, a good walk, great views, and a place to connect to the distant ancestors.

Visited April 2014
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“How our ancesters buried their dead.”
Reviewed 28 March 2014

It is believed that this ancient burial ground could be linked to the Avebury Stone Circle & the manmade Silbury Hill for the burial ceremonies of their departed. It is about a half mile trek across fields from the A4 but well worth it.

Visited March 2014
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Bath, United Kingdom
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“Great visit, if you go on a cold, quiet day.”
Reviewed 28 March 2014

It's very accessible from the road, well walked paths. Beautiful inside, but only nice when it is quiet, as this site can get very busy especially around the solstices.

Visited January 2014
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“Worth the short hike off the road”
Reviewed 22 March 2014

We parked on the side of the road and took the short hike to the barrow. It was very muddy at the end of February, but still accessible. Very few people were there when we were, so we were able to enjoy the barrow in the peace and respectfulness that this burial mound deserves.

Visited February 2014
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