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|Description ||Knap Down Standing Stone (Devon)
Grid Reference SS602469
Date Visited Saturday 6th May 2000
Heading east from Ilfracombe, through Combe Martin, along the A399, an unclear left turn is needed! If I remember correctly, there was a signpost for Silver Dale Nurseries, which takes you along the required road. As is often the case, the road is steep, narrow, and very bendy! After a while, there will be two lanes either side of the road, in short succession. First to the left, then to the right. Very soon, there will be a gate to your left, with a field dividing hedge to the left of that gate; this is the only point of access for this stone, and the stone is situated diagonally right (NE) at the pinnacle of the field. If using the 1:25000 scale map (recommended) the stone marked may be difficult to see on the map at first, as it sits just within the broad green line denoting Exmoor National Park.
This stone stood near 5' 5" tall, and unusually, was very red in colour. On this beautiful spring day, its presence was like a the jewel in a crown of beauty - a field with green grass, innumerable daisies speckling it everywhere, hills to the north (a cairn was clearly silhouetted on the tallest), and a valley below, to the south. A local I spoke with, informed me that dowsers find this a particularly powerful stone; that in the legend which speaks of Jesus visiting England in his youth (ie Glastonbury etc), he visited this site; and that UFO actvitity has been witnessed in the area near the stone!|
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