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Submitted by thecaptain on Sunday, 08 August 2004  Page Views: 5137

Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Piles Hill Cairns Alternative Name: Grinsell Harford 12; Turner A53
Country: England County: Devon Type: Cairn
Nearest Town: Ivybridge
Map Ref: SX653609
Latitude: 50.432457N  Longitude: 3.897956W
Condition:
5Perfect
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
3 Ambience:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
3 Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
0No data.
3 Accuracy:
5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
0no data
3

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Piles Hill Cairns
Piles Hill Cairns submitted by thecaptain : On the top of Piles Hill, to the north of the large summit cairn is a smaller, but more well defined cairn about 15m diameter, which has at some point in time been remodelled into a shelter. It has a reasonably well defined ring of stones around its perimeter. (Vote or comment on this photo)
Cairns in Devon
Piles Hill Cairns, Piles Hill, Dartmoor.
On the top of Piles Hill are the remains of three cairns.

On the summit is a large cairn about 18 metres diameter, which has had the usual mutilations and digging in its top. Around the outside of this, about 5 metres further, is a large ring, which is perhaps the remains of a platform onto which the cairn was built.

To the north of this is a smaller, but more well defined cairn about 15m diameter, which has at some point in time been remodelled into a shelter. It has a reasonably well defined ring of stones around its perimeter.

The third cairn is no more than a small bump. Visited Sunday, 20th June 2004

Update November 2019: The Piles Hill Stone Ring Cairn Circle at SX 65334 60849 is featured on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website. This bell cairn is also recorded as Pastscape Monument No. 441922, as MDV5763 (Ring cairn on Piles Hill) on the Devon and Dartmoor HER, and scheduled as Historic England List Entry No. 1012474 (Cairn on Piles Hill).
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Piles Hill Cairns
Piles Hill Cairns submitted by Bladup : Showing the bank at Piles Hill Cairn - SX65334 60849 at Sunrise (Vote or comment on this photo)

Piles Hill Cairns
Piles Hill Cairns submitted by Bladup : Showing the middle of Piles Hill Cairn - SX65334 60849 (Vote or comment on this photo)

Piles Hill Cairns
Piles Hill Cairns submitted by Bladup : Showing the bank at Piles Hill Cairn - SX65334 60849 (Vote or comment on this photo)

Piles Hill Cairns
Piles Hill Cairns submitted by Bladup : Showing the bank that goes around Piles Hill Cairn at SX65334 60849, In the background on the left is Sharp Tor and in the middle is 3 Barrows hill (Vote or comment on this photo)

Piles Hill Cairns
Piles Hill Cairns submitted by Bladup : The center of Piles Hill Cairn at SX65334 60849 (Vote or comment on this photo)

Piles Hill Cairns
Piles Hill Cairns submitted by Bladup : Piles Hill Cairn at SX65334 60849

Piles Hill Cairns
Piles Hill Cairns submitted by Bladup : Piles Hill Cairn at SX653610 with 3 barrows hill in the background

Piles Hill Cairns
Piles Hill Cairns submitted by Bladup : Piles Hill Cairn at SX653610

Piles Hill Cairns
Piles Hill Cairns submitted by Bladup

Piles Hill Cairns
Piles Hill Cairns submitted by thecaptain : To the north of the large summit cairn is a smaller, but more well defined cairn about 15m diameter, which has at some point in time been remodelled into a shelter. It has a reasonably well defined ring of stones around its perimeter.

Piles Hill Cairns
Piles Hill Cairns submitted by thecaptain : This is a view of the central area of the cairn, which seems to have some sort of structures within it. In the distance can be seen the Longstone, and beyond that, Ugborough Beacon.

Piles Hill Cairns
Piles Hill Cairns submitted by thecaptain : On the summit of Piles Hill is a large cairn about 18 metres diameter, which has had the usual mutilations and digging in its top. Around the outside of this, about 5 metres further, is a large ring, which is perhaps a platform onto which the cairn was built. It was difficult to get a picture which showed this cairn well.

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 206m SE 140° The Longstone (Piles Hill)* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX65436074)
 326m NW 309° Piles Hill W* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX65056111)
 478m SSE 153° Hobajons Cross* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX65516047)
 615m ENE 69° Piles Hill NE* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX65886111)
 639m SE 136° Glasscombe Ball North* Stone Row / Alignment (SX6573360429)
 644m SE 130° Glasscombe Ball North (North Cairn)* Cairn (SX6578360473)
 651m SE 137° Glasscombe Ball North (South Cairn)* Cairn (SX65736041)
 716m SSE 159° Butterdon Hill Row* Stone Row / Alignment (SX6553960225)
 744m ESE 105° Glasscombe Corner Stone Row* Stone Row / Alignment (SX6601660691)
 752m ESE 108° Glasscombe Corner SW Terminal Cairn* Cairn (SX6601060646)
 804m E 96° Glasscombe Ball NE* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX6610060802)
 939m NNW 340° Sharp Tor cairn* Cairn (SX65006179)
 998m SW 228° Lower Piles* Ring Cairn (SX6453660255)
 1.0km S 184° Butterbrook* Stone Row / Alignment (SX652599)
 1.0km WSW 244° Lower Piles Enclosed Settlement Ancient Village or Settlement (SX64376048)
 1.0km S 190° Harford Moor N* Stone Row / Alignment (SX651599)
 1.0km NNW 342° Sharp Tor North East* Stone Row / Alignment (SX65006188)
 1.1km SE 145° Spurrell's Cross* Ancient Cross (SX65915997)
 1.1km ENE 70° Upper Glazebrook* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX66366126)
 1.1km S 189° Harford S.* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX651598)
 1.1km SSE 150° Spurrells Cross Row* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX6583759896)
 1.2km SSE 150° Spurrell's Cross Row Terminal Cairn Cairn (SX6585859864)
 1.2km SSE 154° Spurrells Cross Cairn Circle* Stone Circle (SX658598)
 1.3km ESE 107° Lower Glasscombe* Cist (SX6650660502)
 1.3km ENE 77° Corringdon Ball* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX6660761169)
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