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|Description ||Merrivale site overview.
This is the view looking west overlooking the Merrivale site. I have tried to mark out where the various features are.
The stones in the foreground are remains of bronze age reaves and ancient settlement huts and field walls.|
|Very useful. Because the two long double stone rows are the main features of the site, I think the 'Centre Avenue' is usually called the Southern (double) Row. It depends whose article you read I guess! The menhir is a lot closer to the circle, which looks much bigger here. Sorry to be so picky!|
|Yep, now you come to mention it, I reckon I got the circle too far to the right by about a diameter, and perhaps a bit big. Trouble is, the stones are so small, that they cant be seen in the picture, so I had to guess. The menhir is visible in the orignal, and is correctly positioned.
The centre avenue is referred to as that here because thats the way its referred to by Burl and Worth. The southern rows refer to 3 and 4 (and perhaps 5). Personally speaking, the north and south double rows seems a more natural way to refer to them.|
|Controversial Vixen Tor is that large, low-lying outcrop of rock between the Captain's indicator lines to 'Cist' and 'Cairn Circle' in the site overview above. Maybe it was an important feature of the sacred landscape during the rituals here? People sometimes refer to it as 'The Sphinx', as it does resemble that famous shape at a certain angle.
The B3357 cross-moor road runs east-west just north of both of these sites. Merrivale is easily seen while driving west to Tavistock, (look to your left when going downhill a little while after passing the second turn-off to Princetown, but don't forget to watch out for straying sheep - and keep to the 40 mph limit for the animals' safety!) There are two convenient designated parking places to the left of the road, the second is closest to the rows. After passing the Merrivale Inn and quarry you can find another parking space on the right of the road to take the easy walk to the 'tor'. |
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