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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Merrivale Menhir
Country: England County: Devon Type: Standing Stone (Menhir)
Nearest Town: Tavistock  Nearest Village: Princetown
Map Ref: SX55367459  Landranger Map Number: 191
Latitude: 50.553127N  Longitude: 4.043124W
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
5 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.
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
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wildtalents visited on 22nd Apr 2023 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 2 Although I visited the site less than a year ago for some reason the first visit, twenty years earlier, sticks more firmly in my memory. This spindly menhir is just visible from the hut circles unless my memory is deceiving me, but you'll have to cross all of the rows, one or more leats, and some quite boggy ground to get to it. Nearby there's a neat little stone circle and then this really pretty outlier. I have a feeling it has been toppled and re-erected once or twice at least. Depending on weather conditions and whether the stone is wet it can take on quite surprisingly dark shades even though it is - I'm guessing - mostly quartzite and light in colour. The stone looks very much like a sundial gnomon and I think I read a book where a moors aficionado made very regular recordings of the shadow of the stone and posited it as a Uriel's Machine of a sort.

lauraaurora visited on 6th Aug 2022 - their rating: Cond: 5 Amb: 5 Access: 4

lucasn visited on 27th Jun 2019 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 4

Anne T visited on 14th May 2019 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 4 Merrivale Menhir: This tall stone made up for the small size of the stones of the stone circle, and I enjoyed visiting here. My goodness, with the three stone rows, the fallen menhirs, the cairn and the pits, it was certainly interesting here. I'd taken my notes for this site with me, but the wind was so strong I was unable to get them out and read them! Now having the Butler series of "Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities" has made it much easier to understand the layout and complexities of the site, as far as I'm able.

markj99 visited on 28th Nov 2017 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 3 I was impressed by the tallest stone in the Merrivale complex, though the double stone rows are probably more impressive.

sophiewilder visited on 23rd Mar 2014 - their rating: Cond: 5 Amb: 5 Access: 3

TwinFlamesKiss visited on 1st Feb 2014 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 3

graemefield visited on 1st Jan 2008 - their rating: Cond: 5 Amb: 5 Access: 3

woodini254 visited on 15th Mar 1994 - their rating: Cond: 5 Amb: 5 Access: 4

Twistytwirly visited - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 5 Access: 4

Twistytwirly visited - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 4

Andy B visited #10 in our rundown of favourite standing stones (and pairs) in Britain

SandyG Bladup TimPrevett TheCaptain TheWhiteRider davidmorgan Andy B AngieLake cazzyjane NickyD have visited here

Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 4.09 Ambience: 4.64 Access: 3.45

Merrivale Menhir
Merrivale Menhir submitted by AngieLake : This shot shows the "smaller pillar" that Butler describes, in relation to the menhir and the cairn 6 pit. He says: "The menhir, 3.1 m high, still stands in its original position, 42 m almost due south from the centre of the stone circle. There is no evidence that the smaller pillar, 2 m long, lying a few meters away ever stood upright, but it was erected in 1895 in the pit alongside, toppling ag... (Vote or comment on this photo)
A large Standing Stone making up part of the Merrivale complex on western Dartmoor in Devon. The menhir is 42 metres south of the centre of the stone circle, and is 3.1 metres high. Several other small stones stand in the vicinity, and there are also the remains of several cairns and pits.

About 10 metres to the east is a fallen slab, 2 metres in length, which may have once been a companion standing stone for the giant menhir, although there is no evidence it originally stood.

It has been noted that although the double rows cannot be seen from the base of the menhir, there are several large or special stones in the southern avenue, which when viewed from the top of the menhir would make alignments with various significant points on the skyline.

The menhir is recorded as part of Pastscape Monument No. 440047, which tells us: "(there are) Two Bronze Age standing stones with a disturbed cairn and a number of small earth fast stones. (in this general area). Located in open generally clitter-free moorland. Only one of the two stones still stands; it is 3.2 metres high and tapers from the base which is 0.7 by 0.5 metres in section. Whether the stone was once the focus or terminus of a stone rows is uncertain".

The stone is also recorded as MDV53395 (Standing Stone, Merrivale) on the Devon and Dartmoor HER, and scheduled as part of Historic England's entry for Historic England List ID 1013430.

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks also features two entries for this menhir - see their webpage for the Merrivale Standing Stone and the Merrivale Ceremonial Complex [Photo Set 2].

Butler, in volume 3 of "Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities" (p28) adds: 'the stone is 42m almost due south from the stone circle and "still stands in its original position'.

Note: AngieLake writes: This shot shows the "smaller pillar" (as described by Butler) in the foreground. There is no evidence that this pillar ever stood upright, but it was erected in 1895, toppling again a few years later. More in the photo caption. [Update July 2019: This pillar now has its own site page - see nearby sites below]
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Merrivale Menhir submitted by cazzyjane : Merrivale Menhir. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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merrivale menhir submitted by utherwilson : The big one! Menhir that is at Merrivale (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Merrivale Menhir submitted by AngieLake : Merrivale on the day before the official autumnal equinox last month. This is the tall standing stone that stands near the circle in the SW of the Merrivale complex. The sun had just set, I would say this was approximately 7.30pm. (3 comments - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Merrivale Menhir submitted by davidmorgan : The Merrivale Menhir with the Merrivale Circle in the background where the cow is. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Merrivale Menhir submitted by cazzyjane : Merrivale menhir with the stone circle just visible behind.

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Merrivale Menhir submitted by TimPrevett : Greeting the sun 03/06/09 (4 comments)

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Merrivale Menhir submitted by simonsworn : Merrivale standing stone, with the modern TV mast in the background, facing east

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merrivale menhir submitted by utherwilson : The big menhir at Merrivale that stands by the circle (1 comment)

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Merrivale Menhir submitted by Energyman : A cloudy sunset 13/10/17 (3 comments)

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Merrivale Menhir submitted by Bladup : Sunset at the Merrivale Menhir.

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Merrivale Menhir submitted by cazzyjane : Merrivale Menhir.

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Merrivale Menhir submitted by TimPrevett : Long Shadow - early morning 03/06/09

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Merrivale Menhir submitted by TimPrevett : Long shadow, early morning 03/06/09

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Merrivale Menhir submitted by TimPrevett : Early morning 03/06/09

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Merrivale Menhir submitted by Horatio : The rather gorgeous looking Merrivale Menhir. Only just getting around to sorting my images out re my weeks holiday in Dartmoor. To be honest, did too much and need a holiday to get over this one, just so much to see! (2 comments)

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Merrivale Menhir submitted by Anne T : Standing approximately on stone row 6 (or what remains of it!), looking east towards the recumbent stone, a pit and the cairn.

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Merrivale Menhir submitted by Energyman : I tried again 2 days later for the sunset

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Merrivale Menhir submitted by Bladup : Merrivale Menhir.

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Merrivale Menhir submitted by Bladup

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Merrivale Menhir submitted by cazzyjane : Looking very impressive. July 09

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Merrivale Menhir submitted by TimPrevett : Merrivale in the mist... 14/05/09.

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Merrivale Menhir submitted by TheWhiteRider : Merrivale Menhir.

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Merrivale Menhir submitted by TheWhiteRider : Merrivale Menhir with storm clouds approaching.

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Merrivale Menhir submitted by TheWhiteRider : Merrivale Menhir, 25th September 2006.

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 6m SW 224° Merrivale row 4* Stone Row / Alignment (SX5535674586)
 10m E 88° Merrivale Second Menhir and Cairn* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX55377459)
 11m W 279° Merrivale 5* Stone Row / Alignment (SX5534974592)
 16m W 268° Merrivale 6* Stone Row / Alignment (SX5534474590)
 41m NNW 344° Merrivale circle* Stone Circle (SX55357463)
 125m NNW 330° Cairn south of Stone Row B (Merrivale)* Cairn (SX553747)
 142m NE 38° Merrivale Stone Slabs 1 and 2* Stone Row / Alignment (SX55457470)
 171m NNW 338° Merrivale NW* Stone Circle (SX55307475)
 174m N 10° Merrivale SW row 3* Stone Row / Alignment (SX5539474761)
 184m N 11° Merrivale Centre S* Cairn (SX55407477)
 193m NNE 20° Merrivale Centre N* Cairn (SX55437477)
 215m NE 35° Merrivale Cists* Burial Chamber or Dolmen (SX5549074762)
 216m NNE 32° Merrivale* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX55487477)
 219m NNE 23° Merrivale North Row* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX55457479)
 253m N 351° Merrivale N circle* Stone Circle (SX5532674841)
 275m NE 45° Merrivale Centre Row* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX55567478)
 284m NE 38° Merrivale NE circle* Stone Circle (SX55547481)
 433m NNE 25° Merrivale settlement* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX5555174979)
 859m SSE 155° King's Tor* Rock Outcrop (SX557738)
 996m E 96° Yellowmeade Farm* Cairn (SX56357446)
 1.1km WSW 258° Vixen Tor* Cist (SX5424074392)
 1.1km WSW 254° Standing Stone next to Vixen Tor * Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX5424374307)
 1.9km W 259° Windy Post Cross* Ancient Cross (SX53437428)
 2.0km W 268° Barn Hill Cairn (SX53337458)
 2.1km NE 47° Mis Tor Farm Cairn (SX56927594)
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Re: Merrivale Menhir .... foggy for the summer solstice and Fairy Hostel AGM by Runemage on Friday, 21 June 2019
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Thanks Anon, that's our first Solstice Report for 2019 :-)
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Re: Merrivale Menhir .... foggy for the summer solstice and Fairy Hostel AGM by Anonymous on Friday, 21 June 2019
A foggy morning for the sun rise for today’s summer solstice but good venue for the Fairy Hostel AGM.
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