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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Langstone Moor circle Alternative Name: Longstone Moor; Butler Map 30.10; Turner G10
Country: England County: Devon Type: Stone Circle
Nearest Town: Tavistock  Nearest Village: Peter Tavy
Map Ref: SX5563478198  Landranger Map Number: 191
Latitude: 50.585620N  Longitude: 4.04066W
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.
5 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
5

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Catrinm visited on 13th Aug 2022 - their rating: Cond: 2 Access: 2 Worth the hike on hottest day ever on Dartmoor at 33 degrees. Went from the Peter Taby end and visited the impresive Langstone and row first. Circle is spectaculars sited but a sad site because of deliberate desecration by the army.

graemefield visited on 4th Jan 2017 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 3

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Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 2.5 Access: 2.5

Langstone Moor circle
Langstone Moor circle submitted by Bladup : Langstone Moor Stone Circle, Imagine it's beauty before the pointless desecration (Vote or comment on this photo)
What a lovely circle this must have been before it was largely destroyed as target practice during World War 2. It is superbly situated on a flattish bit of land high above the Walkham valley, seemingly equidistant from the three great tors overlooking the site, these being Great Mis Tor, Roos Tor and White Tor.

Sixteen stones would have stood in an almost perfect circle, between 20 and 21 metres diameter, but possibly with a slightly flattened eastern side, which has prompted some to call it a D shaped circle. Each stone would have stood between 1 and 2 metres tall, with regular spacing of about 2 to 3 metres between each other.

There is an outlier stone, just a few metres outside the circle to the southwest, and perhaps there were others.

The circle was restored in 1894 by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee, but these days, most of the stones are all broken fragments, leaving just three unbroken stones standing in position, the rest being stumps and shattered remains to varying extents. There is no chance of further restoration.

When walking to the circle from either the north, or the southwest, it appears as silhouetted on the skyline, and would have looked very imposing. The views to the south are stunning, and it is possible to see the Merrivale complex of ancient sites.

This circle is fairly straightforwards to reach, although it involves a minimum walk of between 3 and 4 km each way. There are two main options :-
1: Park by the B3357 for Great Staple Tor, then northeast to Roos Tor and onwards along a reasonable path across the moor along the ridgetop.
2: Walk east from parking at Godsworthy along the Lich Way, past White Tor and The Langstone before heading across the moor to the circle - being wary to avoid Langstone Mire.

Update November 2019: This stone circle is featured on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website - see their entries for the Langstone Moor Stone Circle and the Langstone Moor Stone Circle, Stone Row & Settlements.

The circle is also recorded as Pastscape Monument No. 439606, as MDV4226 (Langstone Moor Stone Circle, Peter Tavy) on the Devon and Dartmoor HER, and scheduled as Historic England List Entry No. 1007550 (Two concentric stone circles on Langstone Moor).

Please note, the circle is in the Merrivale live firing range, you will need to check the range open times beforehand.

Note: Lots of new photos from the Langstone Moor area of Dartmoor, including this once splendid but now wrecked stone circle
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Langstone Moor circle
Langstone Moor circle submitted by TheCaptain : Langstone Moor stone circle, photographed in 1894. From http://www.dartmoorwalks.org.uk/site/langstone.php Extract from the Second Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee The following extract describes the discovery of Langstone circle and the arrangements made by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee to restore it to ensure it was not damaged further. It is taken from Report &... (3 comments - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Langstone Moor circle submitted by TheCaptain : Langstone Moor stone circle, seen here looking westwards. White Tor on the skyline to the right. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Langstone Moor circle submitted by TheCaptain : The fractured remains of Langstone Moor stone circle, seen here looking towards the south. Great Mis Tor on the left, Great Staple Tor in the distance to the right. (6 comments - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Langstone Moor circle submitted by Brian Byng : Langstone Moor Stone Circle. Beautiffully situated high on the open moor with clear views in all directions. Badly wrecked when used as target practice by troops training for the Normandy landings. Only 4 stones now remain standing out of a possible 16. Seen here looking west towards White Tor (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Langstone Moor circle submitted by Bladup : Winter Solstice at Langstone Moor Stone Circle (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Langstone Moor circle submitted by Bladup : A moody midwinter morning at Langstone Moor Stone Circle (1 comment)

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Langstone Moor circle submitted by thecaptain : Langstone Moor stone circle seen here looking northwards into the vast expanse of largely featureless moor. The outlier is seen on the left of the picture.

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Langstone Moor circle submitted by TheCaptain : Langstone Moor stone circle seen here from the southwest, with the outlier in the foreground.

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Langstone Moor circle submitted by TheCaptain : The north western arc of Langstone Moor stone circle. Seen here looking towards Great Staple Tor and Roos Tor. (1 comment)

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Langstone Moor circle submitted by TheCaptain : The southwestern arc of Langstone Moor stone circle. Great Mis Tor beyond.

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Langstone Moor circle submitted by Catrinm : Langstone Moor Circle on hottest day ever

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Langstone Moor circle submitted by Catrinm : Langstone one of the remaining uprights

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Langstone Moor circle submitted by Bladup : Winter Solstice sunshine at Langstone Moor Stone Circle, White Tor (fort) is in the background (1 comment)

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Langstone Moor circle submitted by Bladup : A midwinters morning at Langstone Moor Stone Circle

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Langstone Moor circle submitted by Bladup : Midwinter at Langstone Moor Stone Circle

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Langstone Moor circle submitted by Bladup : Winter Solstice sunset at Langstone Moor Stone Circle (2 comments)

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Langstone Moor circle submitted by Bladup : Langstone Moor Stone Circle, Lovely setting

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Langstone Moor circle submitted by Bladup : Langstone Moor Stone Circle with Greena Ball in the background

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Langstone Moor circle submitted by Bladup : Langstone Moor Stone Circle looking West

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Langstone Moor circle submitted by Bladup : Langstone Moor Stone Circle with the Neolithic tor enclosure of White Tor dominating the background

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Langstone Moor circle submitted by Bladup : Langstone Moor Stone Circle, Looking South West, In the background on the left is Great Staple Tor and Roos Tor

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Langstone Moor circle submitted by Bladup : Langstone Moor Stone Circle looking East

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Langstone Moor circle submitted by Bladup : Langstone Moor Stone Circle and Great Mis Tor

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Langstone Moor circle submitted by Bladup : Langstone Moor Stone Circle looking North West, The dot on the horizon (Right of center) is Langstone moor Standing Stone

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Langstone Moor circle submitted by Bladup : Langstone Moor Stone Circle with Great Mis Tor looming large in the background

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Re: Langstone Moor circle by Anonymous on Friday, 03 December 2021
Yes you can imagine how it must have looked. I really hope this circle is restored in the future and stand for thousands more years
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Re: Langstone Moor circle by Anonymous on Tuesday, 18 September 2007
What a wonderful thought Oldlongdog, since they broke the place with bombing, WHY not put it back now after they finished with it.Just something about that, hope the place has been SWEPT for anything NOT exploded,in case I ever get the chance to visit....I dowse a time of 4449 years ago when it was made around a still active sacred spot here,just wonderful the place remains as it once was on the spiritual side, and NOT broken by the bombing or the passage of time...mmike.
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Re: Langstone Moor circle by oldlongdog on Monday, 10 September 2007
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Thanks for great article, Captain; I'm in Devon a lot and will search this one out.

I wonder, though, if it really would be 'impossible' to put this back in some kind of order. Technically, stones can be pinned and bonded with modern materials and (and it's a big 'and') if all the bits can be found. Even if only 'most of the bits' can be found it may well be worth a go. Normally, though, the cost of doing it and the unwillingness of the landowner would militate against this happening. But here there is a known culprit for the destruction but also one who has technical expertise and a good reason to do something that generates good PR. I wonder if it would be worth approaching the MoD and asking them if they wanted to restore the site as a partnership between some suitably important Archaeologists (take your pick) and, say, the Army's 'university' at Shrivenham. It would be fab PR for them and worthwhile for everyone else. What do you think...?
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Re: Langstone Moor circle by TheCaptain on Saturday, 08 September 2007
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If walking from the Lich Way and Langstone to visit the stone circle beware. There is no direct path between the two, and it looks like the ground is very wet and marshy, and may contain some deep mire, even at the end of August.

I decided it was not wise to even attempt to go directly to the circle, and first headed off to the west along a reasonable pathway before turning south to the circle from a position almost directly to its north.
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    Re: Langstone Moor circle by AngieLake on Saturday, 08 September 2007
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    Martyn, can you tell us exactly how you got to the circle, please? Where did you park and set off from, and which route did you take? I remember when walking up over Great Staple Tor to Roos Tor, once, that there's a flagpole on the latter, warning walkers if 'Live Firing' is going on, as the Army still uses parts of Dartmoor for their training exercises. Langstone Moor seems to be in the centre of a 'Danger Area' in red on OS map. Even going to Belstone Common's Nine Stones earlier in week I had to check the board for safe times to walk over the common.
    (Reminds me!... On the way to Devizes in July I stopped in a layby not far south of the town for picnic lunch and was shocked by sudden booms of live firing from Salisbury Plain!)
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      Re: Langstone Moor circle by AngieLake on Saturday, 08 September 2007
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      Hi Martyn....
      Oh dear!!
      I've just read the caption to a pic of Langstone Moor posted by you last night, and you've already answered my question!

      Anyhow, maybe it would be a good idea to put the route in as a comment on the site page rather than under a picture, as folk don't always open all the pics to read the footnotes?
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        Re: Langstone Moor circle by TheCaptain on Sunday, 09 September 2007
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        Good idea Angie. Directions to circle now added to site page description.
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Re: Langstone Moor circle by TheCaptain on Monday, 27 August 2007
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Or seen here in 1937.
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Re: Langstone Moor circle by TheCaptain on Monday, 27 August 2007
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A photograph of Langstone Moor stone circle dating to 1894, just after the circle's restoration, can be seen here, showing what a magnificent site this was, before destruction by the military during the second world war, as target practice.....
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