Painswick Beacon

Castle Godwyn, Gloucestershire


NGRef: SO869121
OSMap: LR162
Sitetype: IAf

Iron-Age Hillfort

This triangular hillfort of seven acres is protected by double banks and ditches with an external counterscarp on all sides apart from the north-west, where steep slopes provided superb natural defences, and a single bank and ditch here sufficed. The north-west slopes were also the site of an inturned entrance passageway, and there was another inturned entrance on the south-east. There is a deep, circular hollow in the centre of the fort that may have served some ritual purpose, which has in the past been mistakenly identified as a well. Two national footpaths the Wysis Way and the Cotswold Way meet at the centre of the fort.