Fiddler’s Hill Barrow
Prehistoric burial mounds, or ‘barrows’ are amongst the most numerous type of site recorded in Norfolk, but few of them are still visible. This Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age barrow was partly destroyed during road-widening in the 1930s, leading to the discovery of three human skeletons and the bones of a dog. It is likely other burials still remain.
Sited at a crossing, Fiddler’s Hill demonstrates how many burial mounds became markers in the landscape long after they had gone out of use.
A small orchard of rare apple and pear trees fruit each autumn around the barrow.
Fiddler’s Hill Barrow
Access and facilities
Fiddler’s Hill lies immediately to the south of a crossroads on the minor road between the villages of Binham (2.5km to the south-east) and Warham (1.5km to the north-west), at TF 962 411 (OS Explorer sheet 251).
- by road: when you reach the crossroads, take the southward turn signposted to Wighton (in the opposite direction, a road is signed to Stiffkey via an unbridged ford). A very short distance along this secondary road you will find the site entrance on the left hand side. The surrounding area of north Norfolk is very good cycling country – Fiddlers’ Hill lies only a very short distance north of National Cycle Route 1, which passes between Binham and Wighton.
- by bus: Binham and Warham are served by service 46 (Sanders Coaches) linking Holt with Wells-next-the-Sea. This (infrequent) service passes Fiddler’s Hill, but the nearest designated stop is at Warham village centre, 1.5km distant. For up to date timetable information, please visit http://www.travelineeastanglia.org.uk.
You can visit the site at any reasonable time. There are no toilets or other visitor facilities. However, there are good pubs nearby at Binham (the Chequers Inn, close to the Priory) and at Warham (the Three Horseshoes). There is also a convenience store, Howell’s Superstore, in Binham village centre.
This part of north Norfolk is rich in historic monuments. The gatehouse of Binham Priory is in the care of the Trust and the cloisters, owned by the Trust, are in the care of English Heritage. A short distance to the west is Warham Camp, Norfolk’s best preserved Iron Age fort. You can easily combine a visit to these sites with one to Fiddler’s Hill.