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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Gutter Tor north Alternative Name: Grinsell Sheepstore 9; Turner E38; Dixon 86; Butler Gutter Tor 3
Country: England County: Devon Type: Cairn
Nearest Town: Tavistock  Nearest Village: Lee Moor
Map Ref: SX5767667137
Latitude: 50.486712N  Longitude: 4.007607W
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.
3 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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Gutter Tor north
Gutter Tor north submitted by thecaptain : Gutter Tor North Cist, seen here looking approximately eastwards. "The Scout Hut" is in amongst the trees, with the track up to Eylesbarrow passing it. (Vote or comment on this photo)
On the northern slopes of Gutter Tor can be found several cairns, some with cists within them, in various states of repair.

Right beside the road at SX574672 are the remains of a fairly large cairn, about 22 metres in diameter. However, this cairn has been well and truly messed around with, no doubt going to make up the road and the nearby walls. In fact, it is perhaps surprising there is anything left of it at all.

Gutter Tor North Cist is to be found at approximately SX577671. I wasn’t sure exactly where to find this, as it is not clearly marked on any maps, and I nearly gave up looking for it after having wandered around on the bracken covered moorland for quite some time. This area has many lumps and bumps in it, I am not sure whether they are some kind of old settlement remains, a form of old quarrying, or perhaps some kind of craters left after some shelling ? I was thinking of giving up, and stood on a high lump of rock looking for tell tale signs of anything in amongst the bracken, and I saw something to go and investigate only 15 metres away. And yes, this was it.

There are the remains of a 4 metre diameter cairn, with a few kerbstones remaining, in the centre of which is a nice cist. The dimensions of the cist are about 1.4 metres by 0.5 metres, but one of the ends has been pushed in.

This was a nice find, although not easy to locate. And I wasn’t carrying my gps with me, so I can’t give a very good position for it. [now updated, thank you]

Update October 2019: This cairn circle and cist is featured on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website - see their entry for the Gutter Tor N. Platform Cairn Circle and Cist, which tells us: "(this is) A cairn with cist and a double circle of stones situated on the north-facing slope of Gutter Tor at about 305m OD. The end-stones and side-stones of the cist are in situ but the coverstone is missing".

The site is also recorded as Pastscape Monument No. 438610 and as MDV4015 (Cairn in the parish of Sheepstor) on the Devon and Dartmoor HER (PDW notes there is a duplicate record for this site on the Devon and Dartmoor HER - see MDV4045.

The cairn is also scheduled as Historic England List Entry Number 1012473 (Cairn with cist north of Gutter Tor).
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Gutter Tor north
Gutter Tor north submitted by Bladup : Sunset over Gutter Tor cairn (SX574672), Sheeps Tor is on the right. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Gutter Tor north
Gutter Tor north submitted by Bladup : Gutter Tor north cist. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Gutter Tor north
Gutter Tor north submitted by Bladup : Gutter Tor north cist and what looks like a remaining kerbstone. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Gutter Tor north
Gutter Tor north submitted by Bladup : Gutter Tor north cist, Sheeps tor is in the background on the left. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Gutter Tor north
Gutter Tor north submitted by Bladup : Gutter Tor north cist.

Gutter Tor north
Gutter Tor north submitted by Bladup : A big ruined cairn at Gutter tor - SX574672, You can see the road on the left in this photo.

Gutter Tor north
Gutter Tor north submitted by Bladup : A hut circle from the Gutter tor settlement at SX577668.

Gutter Tor north
Gutter Tor north submitted by thecaptain : Gutter Tor North Cist, seen here looking roughly westwards, towards Sheeps Tor.

Gutter Tor north
Gutter Tor north submitted by thecaptain : On the northern slopes of Gutter Tor can be found several cairns, some with cists within them.

Gutter Tor north
Gutter Tor north submitted by thecaptain : Gutter Tor North Cist There are the remains of a 4 metre diameter cairn, with a few kerbstones remaining, in the centre of which is a nice cist. The dimensions of the cist are about 1.4 metres by 0.5 metres, but one of the ends has been pushed in.

Gutter Tor north
Gutter Tor north submitted by thecaptain : Gutter Tor North Cist, seen here looking north towards Down Tor.

Gutter Tor north
Gutter Tor north submitted by thecaptain : Right beside the road at SX574672 are the remains of a fairly large cairn, about 22 metres in diameter. However, this cairn has been well and truly messed around with, no doubt going to make up the road and the nearby walls. In fact, it is perhaps surprising there is anything left of it at all.

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