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|Description ||Standing in the centre of the dyke looking north; the ditch is visible on the left, and the dyke can be seen to continue into the farmland.
At well over 1100 feet long, High Park Cross Dyke is the longest of the main Long Mynd Bronze Age Cross Dykes. It stretches across a northern hill of The Long Mynd, to the edge of Jonathan's Hollow to the south, and across the hillside of High Park to the north. This forms a barrier east - west across the area concerned.
The northernmost part of the dyke is within enclosed farmland, where it is some 20 feet wide and 3 feet high, with trees growing along its ridge. Cropmarks have shown there was also a ditch on the west side.
The remainder is on open moorland, and easily accessible. These is a clear ditch, some 16 feet across, and 2 feet deep, making the joining edge of the dyke 4 feet high, with a width of 25 feet.
Some parts of the dyke have had erosion control of a sort carried out upon them. In places chicken wire is visible, stuck to the contours of the monument. However, there seems to be systematic damage happening to the earthwork on its eastern side, at the northern end on the moorland. Semi-circular cut-outs are visible at frequent intervals.
Where the farmland joins the moorland, there is a track intersecting the dyke. Parallel to the main dyke on the west side for some 200 feet is another lower, narrow bank. This is indicative of the strengthening of the earthworks, and likely points to the antiquity of the track.
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