Saturday, 14 February 2009
West Kennet Long Barrow & A Ghost Caught on Film?
The walk up to West Kennet Long Barrow is one of my favourites. It is only half a mile but it is a lovely walk, it crosses the river Kennet then passes a "dressed tree" which has been decorated with ribbons and other things (people decorated trees in the past to honour the spirits in the tree)
Then you walk up a gentle slope and see the top of one of the stones of the barrow come into view, as if it is an organic thing growing out of the earth. When you get to the top you can sit there, have a flask of tea and enjoy the views of Silbury Hill and the Marlborough Downs.
West Kennet Long Barrow is said to be haunted by a figure with a white dog, that appears on Midsummer Day. It has been speculated that this could be a folk memory of a ritual that took place here a long time ago, and if so this could be Britain's oldest ghost.
Sonia Smith also says in her book about haunted Wiltshire, that a lady who visited the barrow near dusk went inside and was apparently touched by a large number of invisibly hands.
I took some photos inside the barrow, and was surprised to find this strange white mist turn up on one of my pictures: