We’ve been fortunate enough to stay at East Creech on several occasions over the past few years and having woken up to the sight of Creech Barrow dominating the horizon to the north curiosity finally got the better of us.
At 637ft high the highest point of the Dorset Heaths and the final resting place of 3 bodies dating back to the Bronze Age.
Between 1700 and 1000BC Dorset was occupied by the Celts with burial mounds and hill forts being particularly common. Located 20 miles west of East Creech the spectacular Maiden Castle is quite literally the high point of the people associated with the construction of the country’s prehistoric hill forts.
We thought about putting an offer in but after noticing the front gate hanging off its hinges decided better of it.
As ever within the Dorset countryside plenty of wildlife to be seen including loads of Swallows raising their young and preparing for the long journey south. Also enjoyed a superb (and very close) view of a Hobby from the summit of Creech Barrow,
I can’t recall coming across one of these before. In contrast to the more common grasshoppers and crickets this one actively hunts smaller insects particulary midges and small flies trapped under flysheets.