Opening times for 30 November 2023
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No overnight parking permitted
North Downs, Kent, near West Malling and Maidstone, just off A20 and M20
Parking: Car park (NT) off Pinesfield Lane, Trottiscliffe - spaces for 10 vehicles
Access on foot from car park, off Pinesfield Lane, Trottiscliffe
Borough Green - approx. 4.5 miles West Malling - approx. 5 miles Snodland - approx. 4.5 miles
Arriva 58, Addingstone to Maidstone, regular service, alight outside The George pub
View local cycle routes on the Sustrans website
Coldrum Long Barrow is the least-damaged megalithic long barrow in Kent and takes its name from the now demolished Coldrum Lodge Farm.
Coldrum Longbarrow is the least-damaged megalithic longbarrow in Kent and takes its name from the now demolished Coldrum Lodge Farm.
It's possible the name 'Coldrum' derived from the old Cornish word 'Galdrum' which means 'place of enchantments'. Owned in perpetuity by us since 1926 in memorial of Benjamin Harrison, an Ightham historian, this 3,000 year-old burial chamber is the only one of those originally present in the Medway Valley to remain virtually intact.
Every year, on the 1 May at dawn the Hartley Morris Men visit the stones to 'sing up the sun'. This consists of performing a number of dances within the stones on top of the barrow, followed by a song usually performed at the base of the stones.