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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns Alternative Name: Cosdon Beacon Cairns
Country: England County: Devon Type: Cairn
Nearest Town: Okehampton  Nearest Village: South Zeal
Map Ref: SX63619149
Latitude: 50.707003N  Longitude: 3.932959W
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
4 Ambience:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
4 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
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Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns
Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns submitted by TheCaptain : Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns, Dartmoor, Devon SX636915 to SX637917 The remains of five cairns can clearly be found at the summit of Cosdon Hill, approximately following the ridge of the hill in a north-south manner. The fifth cairn at the north of the hill is a very impressive beast. This cairn must be nearly complete except for a small depression within the centre. The outer edges of the cair... (Vote or comment on this photo)
The remains of five widely varying cairns can be found at the summit of Cosdon Hill, north Dartmoor, Devon, approximately following the ridge of the hill in a north-south manner.

Starting at the south, on the summit, the first cairn is a massive, but much altered structure, up to 3 metres high and 25 metres diameter, which incorporates a trig point and several shelters. To the east of this can be made out a large ring cairn, with diameter approx 22 metres. To the north of this is another ring cairn, with diameter approx 16 metres, incorporating many stone slabs in the outer face of the ring. Further north still, the fourth cairn is a round cairn, but containing a clearly visible cist structure within it, and also possible remains of a stone surround.

By no means least, the fifth cairn at the north of the hill is a very impressive beast. This cairn must be nearly complete except for a small depression within the centre. The outer edges of the cairn are nicely held in place by a ring of large stone slabs, and within the cairn structure itself can clearly be made out a further two or perhaps three concentric rings of stones. It is possible to imagine there being an outer ring of stones surrounding the cairn as well. Is this the complete version of a Dartmoor fourfold circle, as seen at Shovel Down and Yellowmead ?Visited Thursday, 3rd June 2004

Update September 2019: The Cosdon Beacon Cairns are featured on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website - see their entries for:
Cosdon Beacon Cairn at SX 63611 91502 (also known as Grinsell South Tawton 3 and Cosdon Beacon 1);
Cosdon Beacon Platform Cairn Circle at SX 63717 91719 (also known as Grinsell South T, Turner T1 and Cosdon Beacon 5);
Cosdon Beacon Cist at SX 63730 91654 (also known as Cosdon Beacon 4; Grinsell South Tawton 1b);
Cosdon Beacon Embanked Cairn Circle and Cist at SX 63708 91593 (also known as Cosdon Hill 3; Turner B14 and Grinsell South Tawton 2); and
Cosdon Beacon East Stone Ring Cairn Circle at SX 63663 91492 (also known as Cosdon Beacon 2; Grinsell South Tawton 3 and Turner A6).

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Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns
Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns submitted by Bladup : Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns, The Southern Ringcairn, It's found just to the East of the Main Summit Cairn, The low morning sun and mist really helped it stand out in this photo, in the others i took you can't even see the ringcairn at all (Vote or comment on this photo)

Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns
Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns submitted by Bladup : Cosdon Hill Summit Cairn, It's a big un (Vote or comment on this photo)

Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns
Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns submitted by Bladup : Cosdon Hill Summit Cairn (Vote or comment on this photo)

Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns
Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns submitted by Bladup : Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns, The Northern Kerb Cairn (Vote or comment on this photo)

Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns
Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns submitted by StoneLee : Stunning views @ The Dome of Dartmoor. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns
Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns submitted by AngieLake : Cosdon Beacon Summit Cairns can be seen as a tiny pimple on top of the mighty hill opposite.... viewed here from the top of Belstone Tor. In the valley below, the River Taw starts its run down to the north coast of Devon from its source, a few miles further south, near the west of Hangingstone Hill, and close to Cranmere Pool letter box, the first established on Dartmoor.

Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns
Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns submitted by TheCaptain : Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns, Dartmoor, Devon SX636915 to SX637917 The remains of five cairns can clearly be found at the summit of Cosdon Hill. The fifth cairn at the north of the hill is a very impressive beast. The outer edges of the cairn are nicely held in place by a ring of large stone slabs, and within the cairn structure itself can clearly be made out a further two or perhaps three con...

Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns
Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns submitted by TheCaptain : Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns, Dartmoor, Devon SX636915 to SX637917 The remains of five cairns can clearly be found at the summit of Cosdon Hill, approximately following the ridge of the hill in a north-south manner. Starting at the south, on the summit, the first cairn is a massive, but much altered structure, up to 3 metres high and 25 metres diameter, which incorporates a trig point and seve...

Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns
Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns submitted by TheCaptain

Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns
Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns submitted by Bladup : Cosdon Hill Summit Cairn and a misty June morning Sun

Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns
Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns submitted by Bladup : Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns, The Northern Ringcairn with the main summit Cairn in the misty background

Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns
Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns submitted by Bladup : Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns, The Northern Kerb Cairn

Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns
Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns submitted by Bladup : Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns, Trying to show some kerbstones on the Northern Kerb Cairn

Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns
Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns submitted by Bladup : Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns, The Northern Kerb Cairn looking North West, There's far less kerbstones on this side

Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns
Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns submitted by Bladup : Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns, The Northern Kerb Cairn, I'm trying to show the double kerb, but the Dartmoor mist is trying it's best to stop me

Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns
Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns submitted by Bladup : Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns, The Cist inside the Cairn to the South East of the Northern Kerbed Cairn

Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns
Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns submitted by AngieLake : Cosdon Hill Cairns are visible from Belstone Tor on the opposite side of the River Taw valley. Here, beside Irishman's Wall, they are just a tiny bump on its summit. Cosdon is huge, rather like Hamel Down, further south, and dominates the skyline of north Dartmoor like a huge beached whale.

Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns
Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns submitted by TheCaptain : Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns, Dartmoor, Devon SX636915 to SX637917 The remains of five cairns can clearly be found at the summit of Cosdon Hill. The fifth cairn at the north of the hill is a very impressive beast. This cairn must be nearly complete except for a small depression within the centre. The outer edges of the cairn are nicely held in place by a ring of large stone slabs, and within t...

Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns
Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns submitted by TheCaptain : Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns, Dartmoor, Devon SX636915 to SX637917 The remains of five cairns can clearly be found at the summit of Cosdon Hill. The fourth cairn is a round cairn, but containing a clearly visible cist structure within it, and also possible remains of a stone surround.

Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns
Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns submitted by TheCaptain : Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns, Dartmoor, Devon SX636915 to SX637917 The remains of five cairns can clearly be found at the summit of Cosdon Hill. The fourth cairn is a fairly normal mound cairn, but containing a clearly visible cist structure within it.

Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns
Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns submitted by TheCaptain : Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns, Dartmoor, Devon SX636915 to SX637917 The remains of five cairns can clearly be found at the summit of Cosdon Hill, approximately following the ridge of the hill in a north-south manner. North east of the summit cairn can be made out a second ring cairn, with diameter approx 16 metres, incorporating many stone slabs in the outer face of the ring. It is visible in t...

Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns
Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns submitted by TheCaptain : Cosdon Hill Summit Cairns, Dartmoor, Devon SX636915 to SX637917 The remains of five cairns can clearly be found at the summit of Cosdon Hill, approximately following the ridge of the hill in a north-south manner. To the east of the summit cairn can be made out a large ring cairn, with diameter approx 22 metres. It is visible in this picture by the paler colour of the external bank, on the u...

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