Sun Rising
Natural Burial Ground and Nature Reserve
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View From Sun Rising HillSun Rising : its Location

For two years we searched for the ideal site for a natural burial ground in the beautiful heartland of Britain, and we believe we found it. Down a country lane, it is both easily accessible yet has a real sense of rural calm. Perhaps most wonderfully, however, this is a landscape with real history.

Sun Rising is on the northern edge of the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, where the higher land falls away to the Feldon plains below. The lane is the boundary of the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The escarpment just above the burial ground is called the Edge Hills, the area just behind us is Sun Rising Hill. The photo on this page is taken from the hill top, the burial ground being the green in the centre grourd, the third field down the slope.

This is the Vale of the Red Horse. Legend tells of a great horse carved into the clay-red hillside that overlooks the burial ground. Some say the horse was first crafted by local Saxon warlords. With the ancient stone circle of the Rollrights about ten miles south, and the civil war battleground of Edge Hill just a few miles to the east, the history of this place stretches over millennia. Check our page on Local History and let us know if you can help us extend the page with more information.

Shakespeare's Stratford upon Avon is 12 miles north, while the bustling town of Banbury is 10 miles south. Warwick, Leamington and Evesham are in easy distance, with beautiful small Cotswold towns such as Shipston on Stour, Kineton, Moreton in Marsh, Stow on the Wold, Chipping Campden and Broadway also close by. Indeed, despite its beautiful serenity, other major cities are not far (Coventry 27 miles, Oxford 35 miles, Northampton 40 miles, central Birmingham 40 miles, and central London just 90 miles to the southeast).