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Stone Circle, Devon

One of Dartmoor's longest rows
Photo Tom Bullock

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This has to be one of the most attractive megalithic features on Dartmoor. It is a ring-cairn attached to a 349m (1145-foot) stone row that is concave as it dips downward and then rises upward with the terrain as it approaches the circle. The ruined cairn within the 11m (36-foot) diameter ring is some 8.5m (28 feet) across. There are twenty-five small stones forming the circle, averaging 0.5m (1 foot 7 inches) in height. A five-foot terminal stone lies at the WSW end of the row, while the 2.7m (9-foot) terminal stone at the other end, just outside the circle, stands at right-angles to the row. The stones in the row increase in height as they approach that 2.7m (9-foot) pillar.

Access: A 2km walk east from the NE end of Burrator Reservoir.
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Rating: General Impression 5, Ambience 5, Access 3

Images on this page are Tom Bullock

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