<< Our Photo Pages >> Kraps Ring - Ancient Village or Settlement in England in Devon

Submitted by simonsworn on Sunday, 08 May 2005  Page Views: 10012

Multi-periodSite Name: Kraps Ring
Country: England County: Devon Type: Ancient Village or Settlement
Nearest Town: Princetown  Nearest Village: Postbridge
Map Ref: SX64427814
Latitude: 50.587207N  Longitude: 3.916605W
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
2 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.
4 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 12th Feb 2023 - their rating: Cond: 2 Amb: 4 Access: 4

Catrinm visited on 12th Feb 2023 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 3 Access: 4

TheCaptain visited on 18th Sep 2020 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 3 Time is getting on, and clouds seem to be coming over, and I am getting tired. What to do now, I don't want to give up and return the way I came, but completing the planned walk will be a lot further in distance. However, most of the rest of the walk will be on marked pathways, which is probably 3 times easier than tromping over open moorland, so I decide to carry on. So I head northwards downslope to Kraps Ring, past a lovely fallen tree which is still growing from its horizontal position, the branches now turning upwards. Then there is a lovely hut circle with a tree in its entrance. Then Kraps Ring itself. For some reason I was expecting some reasonably sized earthworks (no idea why, its not what you get on Dartmoor), but what I found was large low banks of stone, no doubt from a fallen wall with remnants of many hut circles within, rather like a smaller version of Grimspound. Again, I wonder the wisdom of the full walk via Postbridge which would involve a significant loss of altitude, so I decide to make a cut eastwards through the forest along what I assume is a track, but just turns out to be a firebreak or something. However walking through the forest adjacent to the break is pleasant and easy enough, encountering all sorts of toadstools and birds in the process, until I come to a fence at the side of the road from Postbridge to Bellever which is easy enough to get through. The walk is now much easier along the bridleway across open common land to Bellever where I decide to drop down to the river for a look at the pretty old clapper bridge in a wonderful riverside area of trees and grass. There are a couple of people having a picnic, and further down the river a couple fly fishing. Apart from all the no parking cones and other signs, there are no signs of the chaos that was supposedly here a month or so ago with masses camping out in the woodland. What a beautiful and idyllic place. Back to the bridleway which climbs up through the forest to Laughter Hole with its incredible lichen covered trees, and further up and eventually out onto the open moorland below Laughter Tor.

graemefield visited on 7th Sep 2016 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 3

graemefield visited on 3rd Aug 2008 - their rating: Cond: 2 Amb: 4 Access: 2

SandyG cazzyjane have visited here

Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 2.6 Ambience: 3.8 Access: 3.2

Kraps Ring
Kraps Ring submitted by simonsworn : Facing north from the isolated hut circle southwest of the settlement which is just over the ridge in the background. (Vote or comment on this photo)
Located in an open area within the Bellever Plantation on the north facing slope of Lakehead Hill, lies this rather unfortunatly named Bronze Age enclosure. Surrounded by a wall up to 2m in width and probably originally 1m in height, the settlement is c 60m diameter and contains the remains of at least 11 huts (though a plan of 1891 indicates up to 15 huts). Interestingly the remains of a much larger hut (6m diameter), lies outside the settlement, some 35m uphill to the southwest.

This settlement was never over-planted by trees and is the only remaining enclosure visible in this area, at least two others were totally destroyed during the afforestation of Bellever Tor and Lakehead Hill in the 1930's and onwards. The stone rows of Lakehead Hill East and Lakehead Hill West and Cairn 7 all lie closeby, but the nature of the topography means that they would not have been visible from the settlement.

Update November 2019: This settlement is featured on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website - see their entry for the Kraps Ring Enclosed Settlement.

This site is also recorded as Pastscape Monument No. 442593, as MDV5861 (Kraps Ring enclosed hut circle settlement) on the Devon and Dartmoor HER, and scheduled as Historic England List Entry No. 1018509 (Partially enclosed stone hut circle settlement known as Kraps Ring).
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Kraps Ring
Kraps Ring submitted by simonsworn : From the lower northern side of the settlement, facing south. The far wall of the enclosure is just behind the tree in the centre of the picture and the isolated hut circle is by the tree to the far right. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Kraps Ring submitted by Bladup : The Bank of Kraps Ring (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Kraps Ring submitted by Bladup : A Hut inside Kraps Ring (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Kraps Ring submitted by Bladup (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Kraps Ring submitted by Bladup (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Kraps Ring submitted by Bladup : Hut with tree, just to the South of Kraps Ring

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Kraps Ring submitted by TheCaptain : Inside the Kraps Ring settlement. I thought it was like a smaller version of Grimspound.

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Kraps Ring submitted by TheCaptain : The northeastern boundary of the Kraps Ring settlement. For some reason I was expecting some reasonably sized earthworks (no idea why, its not what you get on Dartmoor), but what I found was large low banks of stone, no doubt from a fallen wall with remnants of many hut circles within, rather like a smaller version of Grimspound.

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Kraps Ring submitted by TheCaptain : The southern, uphill, boundary of the Kraps Ring settlement. For some reason I was expecting some reasonably sized earthworks (no idea why, its not what you get on Dartmoor), but what I found was large low banks of stone, no doubt from a fallen wall with remnants of many hut circles within, rather like a smaller version of Grimspound.

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Kraps Ring submitted by TheCaptain : There is a lovely hut circle with a tree in its entrance just outside the uphill (southern) boundary to the Kraps Ring settlement.

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Kraps Ring submitted by Bladup : A hut circle just outside of Kraps Ring to the South South West.

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Kraps Ring submitted by Bladup : A hut circle just outside the bank of Kraps Ring and to the South West [Just in the trees].

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Kraps Ring submitted by Bladup : The Western bank of Kraps Ring [Looking North].

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Kraps Ring submitted by Bladup : Another hut inside Kraps Ring.

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Kraps Ring submitted by Bladup : A hut inside Kraps Ring.

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Kraps Ring submitted by Bladup : The Southern low bank of Kraps Ring.

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Kraps Ring submitted by Bladup : A hut at Kraps Ring.

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Kraps Ring submitted by Bladup : A hut circle inside Kraps Ring.

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Kraps Ring submitted by Bladup : The low bank of Kraps Ring [Northern part].

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Kraps Ring submitted by SandyG : Prehistoric round house situated outside the Kraps Ring enclosure. View from north west.

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Kraps Ring submitted by simonsworn : The hut circle to the southwest of the main enclosure, facing southeast.

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Kraps Ring submitted by simonsworn : General view from the higher southwest side, the ruined enclosure wall is in the foreground, a number of hut circles can be seen in the midground and the far end of the enclosure is by the foot of the plantation in the background. Facing northeast.

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