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Merrivale Circle

Stone Circle, Devon

Photo Tom Bullock

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An eleven-stone circle is a member of a group of several prehistoric structures: two stone circles, an avenue, a double row, a single row, a large damaged cist, standing stones and hut-circles. The stones are small, varying in height from 30cm (1 foot) to 50cm (1 foot 6 inches). It is a flattened circle measuring 20.5m (67 feet 5 inches) E-W by 17.8m (58 feet 5 inches). A 3m (10-foot 4-inch) tall slender stone stands at an azimuth of 182 degrees from the centre of the circle, suggesting an attempt for cardinal-point alignment. The axis of the ring is 88 degrees - 268 degrees, a similar suggested alignment.

Access: Just south of the B3357 cross-Dartmoor road, 6km from Tavistock. The circle is a few hundred metres on from the Merrivale stone rows.
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Rating: General Impression 3, Ambience 3, Access 5

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