Winterbourne Poor Lot Barrows

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Open any reasonable time during daylight hours


Winterbourne Abbas , Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9XD

Before You Go

Winterbourne Poor Lot is a 'cemetery' of 44 Bronze Age burial mounds of varying types and sizes, straddling the A35 main road.

Read more about the history of the barrows.

Before You Go

Parking: Turn left off the A35 along Longland's Lane approximately 1/2 a mile west of Winterbourne Abbas. Continue along the lane for approximately 1 mile, park on the verge of the right side of the road just before the junction on the left for Portesham.

Access:  The site is reached by a walk of approximately 1 mile over farmland and has some moderate slopes. From the suggested parking, follow the public footpath (part of the Jubilee trail) opposite the junction for Portesham towards Longlands Dairy Farm (the gate on the right). Continue straight over the crossroads immediately after the Dairy with the woodland on your right. Follow the chalk track between two fields, then as another field opens up ahead keep following the edge of the field to your right down towards West Hill Farm. In the corner of the field nearest West Hill Farm is a gate immediately adjacent to the entrance into the Poor Lot Barrows field.

Please be aware: English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.

Dogs: Sheep may be grazing on site and cattle may be present on the access route, so please keep dogs on leads. 

Plan a Great Day Out

Whilst in the area continue east along the A35 for a short distance to The Nine Stones, a small Neolithic circle of standing stones.

Kingston Russell Stone Circle is also within easy driving distance, as is the impressive Iron Age hillfort of Maiden Castle near Dorchester. Its history stretches from Neolithic to late Roman times.