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Belas Knap, Winchcombe

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Belas Knap is a neolithic, chambered long barrow situated on Cleeve Hill, near Cheltenham and Winchcombe, in Gloucestershire, England. It is a scheduled ancient monument in the care of English Heritage but managed by Gloucestershire County Council. "Belas" is possibly derived from the Latin word bellus, 'beautiful', which could describe the hill or its view. "Knap" is derived from the Old English for the top, crest, or summit of a hill.

It is a type of monument known as the Cotswold Severn Cairn, all of which have a similar trapezoid shape, and are found scattered along the River Severn. Belas Knap is described in the English Heritage designation listing statement as an "outstanding example representing a group of long barrows

commonly referred to as the Cotswold-Severn group".
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  • On a clear day between lots of rain we followed the Cotswolds Way from Winchcombe across fields and up steep slopes to this Neolithic barrow on top of the hill. An impressive sight as we walked along....  more »
  • Not the easiest burial mound to access so when you arrive, it feels quite isolated and that adds to the atmosphere. We parked at the nearest parking spot and walked up which took around 15 minutes...  more »
  • This was well worth the walk. I wouldn't recommend visiting if you require a pushchair and parking is very limited but visit off-peak and you won't be disappointed. Beautiful surroundings and interesting history. Great location for photography. I will be back again!
  • Very interesting ancient monument. Great spot to explore on the Cotswold Way.

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