The UK’s oldest dogging site has been re-opened by the National Trust, with interactive displays of sex with strangers, improved viewing areas and better signposting.
Barrow Wake, near Birdlip in Gloucestershire, was first used for copulation during the Bronze Age, when travellers would attach maroon coloured rags to their carts as an indication that they were looking for a casual hump.
It reached its peak in the early 19th Century and was even mentioned in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park when Fanny Price explains that her muddy knees and squinty bonnet are the result of ‘a jaunty bout of Frenchman’s intercourse upon the Barrow Wake, with Mr Deakins, a magistrate’.
Its popularity waned due to underinvestment and by the 1980s it was reduced to just a beautiful spot for a picnic or a Sunday afternoon hand job.
But thanks to a National Trust makeover, Barrow Wake has been relaunched as an interactive fuck-park with antique condom displays and a cafe serving ‘hot drinks’ and locally made chocolate fancies that look just like a black man’s penis.
A National Trust spokesman said: “Furtive sex with strangers is an important part of England’s cultural heritage, but sadly in these intolerant times many of our old dogging areas are being given over to pointless, family-based activities.”
“We’ve installed a ‘Seven Ages of Dogging’ display which takes visitors through the site’s history and includes a stunning waxwork diorama of someone getting a reverse Dutch steamboat in a Mazda Bongo.”
“There’s plenty of used condoms around so people can go on a ‘treasure hunt’, and hidden speakers mean you are never more than a few yards away from the sound of someone ejaculating.”
He added: “Visitors don’t have to engage in sex with strangers but if they do feel the urge to be taken roughly up the dirt box they will have an excellent view of the Malverns.”
Adventurous dogger Ian McAllister who had made a special journey up from Dorset said: “It’s great how you can learn something about history while getting noshed off by a Gloucester housewife with split ends. My only complaint is that you have to go through the shop to get out, which is a bit cheeky. However I did purchase a charming snow globe showing a miniature gang bang in the back of a Ford Transit. It will be a treasured memory for me.”