Coldrum Long Barrow: a tomb with a view

Magical cloud formations reflect the sunrise at Coldrum Long Barrow

Coldrum Long Barrow is set on a small hill, in the shadow of the North Downs. Surrounded by white chalky fields and views to the south, it's the least damaged prehistoric monolith in Kent.

Dating to 3985 - 3855 BC, it is one of the earliest prehistoric monuments in Britain, older than Stonehenge by more than 1000 years.

 

Seek and ye shall find

Approaching from the west, the site is on the edge of a gently sloping plateau. To the east, the site is in full view from the lower ground below.

Despite being just 0.3 miles (1/2 km) from the Pilgrim's Way, you are unlikely to find the stones by accident.

A sense of place

This oasis of peace has an atmosphere that is hard to describe, partly because it can create its own magic. In the early morning mist, the stones are cloaked in an eerie blanket, which can play tricks on the eye. At times, on a late summers evening, the surrounding hills can glow with the sun's dimming light, whilst in stormy weather, the stones can become a fierce and imposing sight, with the darkness of the sky behind.

Maybe this is why, centuries later, the druid's saw it as a 'sacred place', believing it to be a 'rare gem in Kent's spiritual crown'.