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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Beardown Man
Country: England County: Devon Type: Standing Stone (Menhir)
Nearest Town: Tavistock  Nearest Village: Two Bridges
Map Ref: SX59617963  Landranger Map Number: 191
Latitude: 50.599460N  Longitude: 3.985073W
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
4 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.
2 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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TheCaptain visited on 20th Sep 2021 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 2 Day down to Dartmoor for a pilgrimmage to Beardown Man. Now at Rough Tor I have now learned (remembered) that when walking on the open moor, any sort of path in roughly the right direction is easier than trying to cross the untamed and boggy moor, so standing on the top of the tor taking in the magnificent vista all around in the sun, decide on a route across to Devil's Tor on a pathway which heads to the south of it to start with, but looks mostly fairly easy going. Then up to the top of the hill, and Beardown Man peeks its top over the horizon and grows taller as I approach. It's not at the top of the hill, just below the summit on the west side, but magnificent, twice my height, a lovely thin flat stone with views from north to south over the deep Cowsic valley on the west side, but nothing to the east, which I think odd. Its fabulous out here.

graemefield visited on 30th Jun 2016 - their rating: Cond: 5 Amb: 5 Access: 2

ChasDrown visited on 1st Jan 1954 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 2

cazzyjane have visited here

Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 4.33 Ambience: 4.67 Access: 2

Beardown Man
Beardown Man submitted by Brian Byng : Beardown Man looking north (Vote or comment on this photo)
Standing Stone on Devil's Tor near the head of the Cowsic River, out in the midst of Dartmoor.

It is about 3.5 m high and is in an area that appears to be devoid of other prehistoric remains - but I am sure there are a lot there just waiting to be found. I show two views. The one looking SW is to Great Mis Tor which is the position of sunset at the winter solstice.

This standing stone features on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks website - see their entry for the Beardown Man Standing Stone, which tells us this stone measures 3.4m high, 1m by 0.4m in section and in good condition. PDW also gives links to the Devon & Dartmoor HER: MDV4200 (Beardown Man Standing Stone) and the Legendary Dartmoor: Beardown Man web page.

The standing stone is also recorded as Pastscape Monument No. 439571 and scheduled as Historic England List ID 1008013.
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Beardown Man submitted by TheCaptain : The northern thin edge of Beardown Man (1 comment - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Beardown Man submitted by TheCaptain : A walk around Beardown Man, 20th September 2021. Here seen looking northeast (1 comment - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Beardown Man submitted by Bladup : Beardown Man and Devil's Tor. (2 comments - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Beardown Man submitted by Bladup : Beardown Man. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Beardown Man submitted by Bladup : Beardown Man, A lovely standing stone. The Devil's Tor is in the background. (4 comments - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Beardown Man submitted by Flickr : 'Beardown Man' standing stone www.legendarydartmoor.co.uk/bear_down2.htm Image copyright: OutdoorMonkey (Iain Harris), hosted on Flickr and displayed under the terms of their API.

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Beardown Man submitted by cazzyjane : Beardown Man, Dartmoor. A long and difficult walk to it - the paths seemed to disappear when you got nearby - just very boggy, ankle breaking terrain! Was worth it though! (1 comment)

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Beardown Man submitted by TheCaptain : The southern thin edge of Beardown Man

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Beardown Man submitted by graemefield : The Beardown man standing stone on a summer's day in June 2016.

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Beardown Man submitted by Bladup : Beardown Man. (2 comments)

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Beardown Man submitted by Bladup : Beardown Man, Stereotypically very thin from the sides but wide from the front and back.

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Beardown Man submitted by Bladup : Beardown Man, My favourite Dartmoor Standing Stone.

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Beardown Man submitted by cazzyjane : Beardown Man, Devil's Tor, Dartmoor. It is located in the highest position of all Dartmoor's menhirs at 542m.

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Beardown Man submitted by cazzyjane : Beardown Man, Devil's Tor, Dartmoor. At 3.5m is the 2nd tallest standing stone on Dartmoor.

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Beardown Man submitted by Brian Byng : I have a standing stone for you. Not on your list but prehistoric all right. It is Beardown Man @ SX 59607963. It is about 3.5 m high and is in an area that appears to be devoid of other prehistoric remains - but I am sure there are a lot there just waiting to be found. I show two views. This one looking SW is to Great Mis Tor which is the position of sunset at the winter solstice.

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Beardown Man submitted by HarryRocks : One of my favourite walks on Dartmoor to this majestic stone.

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Beardown Man submitted by TheCaptain : Walking back to Holming Beam from Black Dunghill there are fantastic views, with Beardown Man clearly visible on the horizon up to the north. It can even be seen from the track by the car park, magnificent.

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Beardown Man submitted by TheCaptain : Looking back over to Devils Tor and Beardown Man from the head of the Cowsic valley

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Beardown Man submitted by TheCaptain : From Devil's Tor, looking to head on to Conies Down there seems two choices, either down and up the steep and deep Cowsic valley, or a longer route round the head of the valley further north, which I decide to take.

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Beardown Man submitted by TheCaptain : The eastern flat face of Beardown Man

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Beardown Man submitted by TheCaptain : Beardown Man looking southwest to Great Mis Tor

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Beardown Man submitted by TheCaptain : A walk around Beardown Man, 20th September 2021. Here seen looking northwest

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Beardown Man submitted by TheCaptain : A walk around Beardown Man, 20th September 2021. Here seen looking north

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Beardown Man submitted by TheCaptain : A walk around Beardown Man, 20th September 2021. Here seen looking east

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