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40 41 A Warwickshire legend tells of a burial path that once existed over Brailes Hill. The path was said to run for 23 miles to Bredon Hill in neighbouring Worcestershire a long way for a funeral An alignment of sites runs from Brailes to Bredon Hill that might be the origin of the burial path legend. It runs due west from Castle Hill in Brailes, a reshaped natural hill that may have been a Norman castle, over Dovers Hill, the possible site of a turf maze, through Saintbury cross, a crossroads at Hinton Cross, an earthwork at Elmley Castle, and onto the Banbury Stone, an elephantine shaped mass of rock at the edge of an Iron Age hill fort on Bredon Hill. Projected westwards the line bisects the grand Iron Age British Camp on the Malvern ridge and marks the equinoctial sunset. The burial path referred to in the legend may be the ancient pilgrims trackway, now marked by roads and public footpaths, that snakes around the course of the alignment passing burial places along its route and skirting the lower slopes of Brailes Hill on its way to Bredon. Opposite The equinoctial sun sets behind British Camp on the Malverns, in line with the Banbury Stone and lookout tower on Bredon Hill Adam Dutton. paThway TO ThE SuN Warwickshire and Worcestershire, England
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