Bury Ditches

Lydbury North, Shropshire


NGRef: SO327837
OSMap: LR137
Sitetype: IAf

Iron-Age Hillfort

Bury Ditches Hillfort Iron Age? Lydbury North 137(SO:327836) E of A488, SE of Clun and SW of Lydbury North. Just W of minor road from Lower Down to Clunton. Steep climb through woodland. - A small (2.5ha) tree-covered, oval fort, it was probably built in 2 phases: first, a double bank, with median ditch; later it was strengthened on the NW by two more banks and a median ditch. There are two complex entrances, on the NE and S, with inturned passages and guard-chambers. There is a legend that the site cotains a pot of fairy gol, attached to which is a thread of gold wire that will lead someone to the spot.

tSGtBA, p.177

Visit, 1st May 1999:

The steep climb up the woodland path to the hillfort is lined with patches of Bluebells, Stitchwort, Willow Herb, Red Campion, the occasional bed of Speedwell and Wood Sorrel, and single specimens of Dog Violet. The fort has superb views in all directions save the S, where the long ridge of Black Hill and Radnor Forest obscures the view towards Coxall Knoll. In the distant E can be seen Titterstone Clee, Brown Clee and Wenlock Edge; NE sees the Long Mynd, N over the rooftops of Bishops Castle can be seen the neolithic axe factory of Corndon Hill, Heath Mynd, Stiperstones and the Roveries hillfort; to the W are the rolling, largely cultivated hills of Clun Forest, and the line of Offa's Dyke, which unfortunately is obscured by the hills, lying for the most part below their crests. The fort is noticably higher in its northern quarter, and it is this extreme N of the camp that offers the best all round views.