Grey Mare and her Colts
Neolithic Chambered Long Barrow
North of Abbotsbury, Dorset OS Map Ref SY584871
OS Maps - Landranger 194 (Dorchester & Weymouth), Explorer OL15 (Purbeck and South Dorset)
Mare and her Colts is a Neolithic
long barrow that stands at a height of 200 metres above sea level around 3
miles north of Chesil Beach. It is situated on a plateau of land just to southeast
of the head of a dry valley whose stream would have flowed down into the River
Bride while the stone
circle of Kingston Russell stands about half a mile away to the northwest.
Aligned southeast to northwest, the barrow mound is now about 24 metres long, although originally it would have been longer, and still survives to a height of about 1 metre. The collapsed burial chamber at the southern end still has 2 large uprights, and may human bones and pieces of pottery were discovered here during excavations in the early 19th century.
This area of the country was made famous as Thomas Hardy's Wessex and still has many charming villages and places of interest, however, the nature of the twisty country lanes can sometimes make traveling around here difficult. To get to the Grey Mare, take the road that leads in a northeasterly direction out of Abbotsbury and climbs up onto Abbotsbury Plains. At the top of the hill, the road bears right and shortly afterwards is a turning to the left. Take this turning and then follow the public footpath in a northwesterly direction - after around 500 metres another path leads off to the left. The barrow is on the left of this path a short distance further on.
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