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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Haytor Down Alternative Name: Hay Tor Down
Country: England County: Devon Type: Ring Cairn
Nearest Town: Newton Abbot  Nearest Village: Haytor Vale
Map Ref: SX76617814
Latitude: 50.589913N  Longitude: 3.744494W
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
no data Ambience:
2Not Good
0No data.
no data 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.
no data 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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Ring Cairn in Devon

Information about the Haytor Down Stone Ring Cairn Circle comes from the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website. Their notes say this is a: "ring cairn on Haytor Down. Stone ring 21.0 meters internal diameter, with bank 1.5 meters wide and 0.4 meters high. Modern entrance."

The PDW web page gives links to further information on Pastscape, Monument Number 1195135, which adds that the site lies "on the northern slope of Haytor Downs, overlooking Lustleigh and Manaton. The bank is heavily tur-covered." They give slightly different information from above, saying this site "forms an irregular circle of approximately 23 metres diameter ... the bank is 2.7 metres wide by 0.7 metres high and is breached in several places."

The Heritage Gateway for Devon & Dartmoor HER number MDV48849 tells us the ring cairn lies 800 metres west of Yarner Farm and dates it to the Bronze Age (2200BC to 701BC). They add this is a "probably prehistoric ring cairn east of Smallacombe Rocks on Haytor Down, near to another cairn and other features. This site is included on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites."

It has SHINE (Selected Heritage Inventory for Natural England) protected status, which includes: "Earthworks of a Bronze Age parallel reave system with three main east-west boundary works, an enclosure hut circles and cairns, a medieval enclosure, a pillow mound, an area of post-medieval tin pits and a post-medieval field system on Haytor Down."

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SX7678 : Victoria boundary stone by Guy Wareham
by Guy Wareham
SX7678 : Old Boundary Marker by D Garside
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SX7678 : Moorland above Yarner Wood by Derek Harper
by Derek Harper
SX7677 : Cows and sheep on Haytor Down by Des Blenkinsopp
by Des Blenkinsopp
SX7678 : Old Boundary Marker by D Garside
by D Garside

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