<< Our Photo Pages >> The Langstone - Standing Stone (Menhir) in England in Devon

Submitted by TheCaptain on Saturday, 08 September 2007  Page Views: 5762

Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: The Langstone
Country: England County: Devon Type: Standing Stone (Menhir)
Nearest Town: Tavistock  Nearest Village: Peter Tavy
Map Ref: SX55027873
Latitude: 50.590249N  Longitude: 4.049535W
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.
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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Catrinm visited on 13th Aug 2022 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 2 Great stone associated with the nearby circle and stone row. Interesting different angles

graemefield visited on 4th Jan 2017 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 3

SandyG visited on 6th Jul 2013 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 2 Car parking is available at SX 52178 77879. From the car park follow the track leading eastward. This one is a bit of slog, pretty much all uphill for over 3kms. The row is situated just inside the Merrivale military live firing range and it is important that you check that there is no firing and that the range is open for visitors. It’s a long way to go to find you can’t visit.

TheCaptain cazzyjane have visited here

Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 3.67 Ambience: 4.33 Access: 2.33

The Langstone
The Langstone submitted by TheCaptain : The Langstone, with Great Mis Tor in the background. (Vote or comment on this photo)
This is a lovely menhir nearly 3 metres tall, standing beside the Lich Way on open ground in a saddle between the many local highpoints of the moor. It was re-erected from a fallen position in its original socket hole, in 1893 by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee.

The stone is fairly recognisable from its distinctive, almost lightning strike shape, and it is about 0.7m wide and up to 0.5m thick. It stands at an altitude of 438 metres.

What at first look to be possible cup marks in the stone are in fact bullet wounds the poor thing has suffered, it having been used as a target during training in the build up to D-Day, during the Second World War. Despite the damage the bullets have caused, I have to say that it gives the stone some character, and is a sign of yet more history the stone has been witness to.

This stone is fairly straightforwards to reach, although it involves a walk of about 3 km each way. The obvious way is to walk east along the Lich Way from parking at Godsworthy, past White Tor.

Update November 2019: This standing stone is recorded as part of Pastscape Monument No. 439621, which also includes information about the stone row, as MDV4225 (Standing Stone on Langstone Moor) on the Devon and Dartmoor HER, and scheduled as part of Historic England List Entry No. 1007897 (Stone alignment and round cairn on Langstone Moor).

The stone also features on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks website - see their entries for the Langstone Moor Standing Stone and the Langstone Moor Stone Circle, Stone Row & Settlements.

More information can also be found on the Stone Rows of Great Britain website's entry for the Langstone Moor stone row, where this stone marks the southern end of the row. The SRoGB adds: "The Langstone denotes the southern end of the row. It is significantly larger than any of the other stones and was used as a target for small arms fire during the Second World War. The hollows in its surface are the consequence of this activity are not cup marks".

Please note, the Langstone is in the Merrivale live firing range, you will need to check the range open times beforehand. Also beware before walking off from here to the Langstone moor stone circle on a direct route. The nasty Langstone Mire lies in between.
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The Langstone submitted by crannog : Langstone standing stone. Stands battered, shot at and in rather a beat up state but retains a stoic presence (like an old soldier)..... about a kilometer from the stone circle on the mod area. (1 comment - Vote or comment on this photo)

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The Langstone submitted by cazzyjane : The Langstone. A lovely stone and well worth the hard trek to find it, walking against the strong biting wind on what felt like the coldest day of the year! (1 comment - Vote or comment on this photo)

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The Langstone submitted by cazzyjane : The Langstone, April 2012. (2 comments - Vote or comment on this photo)

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The Langstone submitted by crannog : The Langstone from a different angle. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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The Langstone submitted by Bladup : The Langstone with Roos Tor in the center background (Vote or comment on this photo)

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The Langstone submitted by SandyG : Western face complete with bullet holes.

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The Langstone submitted by cazzyjane : The Langstone, Dartmoor.

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The Langstone submitted by Petercastle : The Langstone is at the head of a stone row on open moor and a walk is needed to reach it. The row is in poor condition with only a few stones standing and these very small. There is one large stone, which is 2.7 metres tall, at the southern end of the row and this is visible from quite a distance. There is a small mound at the northern end which is the possible remains of a cairn, it is near th... (6 comments)

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The Langstone submitted by Catrinm : Langstone on hottest day ever on Dartmoor at 33 degrees

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The Langstone submitted by Bladup : The Langstone with Great Mis Tor in the background on the left (1 comment)

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The Langstone submitted by Bladup : The Langstone with Roos Tor (On the Left) and Cox Tor (On the Right) in the background

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The Langstone submitted by Bladup : The Langstone, Looking East

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The Langstone submitted by Bladup : The Langstone with Langstone Stone Circle to the left of the Standing Stone

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The Langstone submitted by Bladup : The Langstone, Looking North West

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The Langstone submitted by Bladup : The Langstone with Great Mis Tor in the background

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The Langstone submitted by Bladup : The Langstone with White Tor and it's Neolithic Enclosure/Settlement in the background

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The Langstone submitted by Bladup : The Langstone with White tor neolithic fort in the background.

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The Langstone submitted by Bladup : The Langstone.

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The Langstone submitted by thecaptain : The Langstone with its distinctive shape. Seen here looking roughly westwards towards White Tor.

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The Langstone submitted by thecaptain : The Langstone. Isn't it splendid. (1 comment)

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The Langstone submitted by thecaptain : The Langstone viewed looking in a southwesterly direction, with Great Staple tor on the horizon just to the right. (3 comments)

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The Langstone submitted by thecaptain : Close up of a bullet wound the poor thing has suffered, it having been used as a target by US troops in the build up to D-Day. (1 comment)

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The Langstone submitted by thecaptain : The western face of The Langstone, showing its distinctive lightning strike shape. What at first look to be possible cup marks in the stone are in fact bullet wounds the poor thing has suffered, it having been used as a target by US forces during training in the build up to D-Day.

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The Langstone submitted by thecaptain : The Langstone, looking roughly north along the line of it's stone row, of which a few stones can be seen.

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 99m NW 313° Langstone Moor row 2* Stone Row / Alignment (SX54957880)
 106m NE 47° Langstone Moor 3 Stone Row / Alignment (SX55107880)
 121m N 359° Langstone Moor stone row* Stone Row / Alignment (SX5502278851)
 327m W 261° East of White Tor Cairn 4* Cist (SX5469478690)
 411m W 260° East of White Tor cairn 3* Cairn (SX5461278668)
 425m W 264° Cairns East of White Tor* Cairn (SX5459578695)
 432m W 260° East of White for cairn 2* Cairn (SX5459278664)
 780m W 264° White Tor (Peter Tavy)* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX5424078673)
 790m WSW 244° South of White Tor Cairns* Barrow Cemetery (SX543784)
 811m SE 129° Langstone Moor circle* Stone Circle (SX5563478198)
 829m S 191° Langstone Moor Cairn Circle* Ring Cairn (SX54847792)
 934m SE 129° Langstone Moor 2* Cairn (SX55737812)
 1.1km SE 140° Langstone Moor settlement* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX55687790)
 1.1km WSW 246° White Tor Long Cairn* Cairn (SX5401478316)
 1.1km S 186° Cairns North of Roos Tor* Cairn (SX5488477645)
 1.2km ENE 68° Cocks Hill West Cairn* Cairn (SX5618579154)
 1.2km SSW 203° Wedlake Cairns* Barrow Cemetery (SX545776)
 1.3km W 278° Cudlipptown Down Cairn (SX5373278949)
 1.4km W 259° Cudliptown Down Enclosed Settlement* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX536785)
 1.8km SSW 212° Roos Tor north west* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX5403977254)
 1.9km ENE 71° White Barrow (Cocks Hill) Cairn (SX568793)
 2.2km SSW 197° Roos Tor Rocks* Rock Outcrop (SX543766)
 2.4km NE 39° Limsboro Cairn (SX5656780550)
 2.6km SSW 211° Cox Tor north east* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX536765)
 2.7km N 352° Standon Hill Cairn Cairn (SX5473781373)
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