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Stone Circle, Devon

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Its dramatic setting on the rugged moorlands makes this 26.8m (88-foot) circle a worthwhile visit. Only thirty-four stones remain of an original sixty-five to seventy, and only twenty-five of those are still standing. Two cart-tracks run right through the ring, making its appearance even more dramatic. The stones are not evenly spaced, and the tallest, at 2.5m (8 feet 2 inches), is located in the NW. There is a prostrate massive slab,1.8m (6 feet) long and 1.5m (5 feet) wide, slumped at the SSW. The 2.4m (8-foot) pillar at the NW is set radially to the perimeter of the circle, and its alignment with the most northerly moonrise from the centre of the circle might indicate an attempt to incorporate astronomy into the construction of the circle.

Access: Short walk from Batworthy Corner, over clapper bridge crossing River North Teign.
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Rating: General Impression 5, Ambience 5, Access 4

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