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|Description ||Kentisbury Down Standing Stones (Devon)
Grid References #1 SS637440 #2 SS637441 #3 SS639441 #4 SS639440
#5 SS638439 #6 638440
Date Visited Saturday 6th May 2000
SE from Combe Martin, along the A399, west of Parracombe, lie a group of standing stones. Off the A399, turn right onto Down Lane, which has a broad green strip up the middle for as far as you can see. We parked in front of gate, (a wind pump should be to your front left) to allow for space for other vehicles; however, we were there some 40 minutes (Helen remaining in the car), and did not see one other vehicle!
Going left through the gate, head NE staying about 20 feet out from the hedge bordering the lane on your left, and to your right, a row of trees pointing SE acts as a very good point of reference. A tall stone should soon come into view; before this one, you will come to a lone stone (nothing more than a very large pebble, really, being only a few inches high). I believe this is the first stone, due to its location near the the larger stone. The row of trees should be to your rear right.
Then, the larger stone is 5 feet tall, with a slight tilt eastwards, and inevitable indications of sheep grazing. NE from there, not far off the main road, is a small, triangular stone, about a foot high at its point. The row of trees will be behind you, as you face the road.
Heading towards the row of trees, a fallen stone, 2 feet in length (height), and then, to the front right, another large 'pebble'. When you reach this, between you and the row of trees, is a pond. When I visited, it was completely dry, but within its NW edge was a sizeable piece of stone, which I am convinced is a fallen stone, but perhaps was not visible to the cartographers due to its previous immersion in the pond.
Not an overtly impressive site, but due to the number of stones marked, I thought it of interest. It must be said, but I find stone hunting in the beauty of rural England in the beating down sunshine, one of the most sublime pleasures of life! Even if the stones are not high on the 'wow!' factor, it gives such a buzz, and makes life seem bearable!|
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