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The top of Cymbeline's Mount

Towering over the village of Ellesborough is the dominating Beacon Hill, with its grassy mound and lone trees, iconic amongst the Chiltern Hills when viewed from within the Aylesbury Vale. It is also the site of Cymbeline's Mount, referred to in the Shakespeare play Cymbeline. In reality, the name refers to the British King Cunobelinus who, alongside his sons, is said to have battled at this site against the Roman Invasion of the British Isles. It is the site also of a lost medieval motte and bailey castle.

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They don't come much better than this John. A truly beautiful picture.
John Prior: Thanks a lot Frances
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 1 Nov 2011, 02:08
so pastoral. the sky above this is just perfect to complete the scene.
John Prior: Thank you Sherri
  • Chris
  • England
  • 1 Nov 2011, 06:12
A terrific image john: the sheep give it scale
John Prior: Thanks Chris
A fine pastoral scene John
John Prior: Thanks Bill
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 1 Nov 2011, 09:32
Very interesting John and a good photograph to illustrate.
John Prior: Thanks Chad, always interesting what a little research shows up.
What a beautiful vista you've shared today. The attentive sheep and rolling are the stars for me.
John Prior: Thanks a lot Mary
the cloud and sky are nice, so like a painter would present it
John Prior: I like that thought, thanks Chantal
A treat for the eyes, John; expertly captured and presented.
John Prior: Thank you Beverly
One of your best IMHO John, what a lovely hilltop.
John Prior: Thanks a lot Brian
Lovely English shot John
John Prior: Thanks Janet
Wow! Beautiful picture!
John Prior: Thank you Victoria
This is astoundingly beautiful. I love the history you put in to go with it too.
John Prior: Thank you T smile
This is very very good John
John Prior: Much obliged Richard
Very atmospheric!
John Prior: Thank you Fred
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 1 Nov 2011, 19:47
A finely composed photo - a wonderfully moved skyscape - I like very much this pastoral scene and "iconic place' as I can imagine with the windswept trees - and some reference to Shakespeare and British history - I miss only the hedges - but it may be easier to erect wire fences.
John Prior: Thanks Philine, not sure the reason for fences rather than hedges, but I suppose it does make it easier to control livestock and field sizes.
A really impressive landscape shot, John. Super lighting.
John Prior: Thanks a lot Graeme
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Nov 2011, 23:19
Love those clouds. There is something really fascinating about these lone hills topped with trees - I always feel like going to explore when I see them in the distance
John Prior: Thanks Anniedog, I've often seen these from afar, but I left the footpath and went for the steep climb up the hill this time, great views over Aylesbury vale from the top.
Very nice place! You caught a fantastic view of it!
Have a nice day.

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