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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Birch Tor Cairn Alternative Name: Birch Tor Summit; Grinsell (North Bovey 1)
Country: England County: Devon Type: Cairn
Nearest Town: Moretonhampstead  Nearest Village: Postbridge / Lettaford
Map Ref: SX6868681654
Latitude: 50.619767N  Longitude: 3.85762W
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:
2Not Good
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

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Birch Tor Cairn
Birch Tor Cairn submitted by Bladup : Birch Tor Cairn. Showing the 2 stones on the cairn. (Vote or comment on this photo)
The remains of a large, flat-topped cairn lie on the ridge crest 230m N of Birch Tor. The spread, heather-covered mound measures 16m N to S by 18m and a maximum of 1.8m high on the W.

The centre and S margin of this feature have apparently suffered from an unrecorded excavation with spoil dumped to the S and on the E fringe of the mound. Two large upright slabs are embedded in the unexcavated interior of the cairn.

This cairn also features on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website - see their entry for the Birch Tor Cairn, which tells us the cairn (which they record as measuring 17.0 x 2.0m) has been heavily disturbed.

The cairn is also recorded as Pastscape Monument No. 443799 and scheduled as Historic England List ID 1021341 (Round cairn and Headland Warrant boundary stone 210m north of Birch Tor).
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Birch Tor Cairn
Birch Tor Cairn submitted by Bladup : Birch Tor Cairn. One of the stones on the cairn with Birch Tor in the background. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Nearby Images from Geograph Britain and Ireland:
SX6881 : Old Boundary Marker north of Birch Tor, North Bovey parish by A Rosevear
by A Rosevear
SX6881 : Birch Tor by Cathy Cox
by Cathy Cox
SX6881 : Cairn by the way by Michael Dibb
by Michael Dibb
SX6881 : Ruin near Birch Tor by MrC
by MrC
SX6881 : The view from the crest [2] by Michael Dibb
by Michael Dibb

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