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.Arrange to visit Belas Knap and other attractions in Winchcombe using our Winchcombe road trip planner.
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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Very good interpretation board with information about the site. Also, great variety of wild flowers growing here. more »
There is a layby at the start of the footpath, with a notice regarding car thieves. The walk is pleasant, but fairly steep with uncertain footing, so sensible shoes are advised. As you emerge from... 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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