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Guidance for walkers: The monuments featured in this database are archaeological treasures and need to be protected and preserved - please do not disturb any sites. Please check access and firing times before visiting sites, not all sites listed are on open access land. Firing ranges and boundaries of open access areas are marked on the OL28 OS Dartmoor Explorer map. Please stick to the country code and consider giving support to the numerous agencies that help to keep Dartmoor a fabulous natural and historic environment!

About the database: In all listings clicking on the photo will open a page for the site with a larger photo. The listings are drawn mainly from scientific journals and will not include the most recently discovered minor sites. There is comprehensive coverage of stone circles, stone rows and menhirs. Listings for cists and cairn circles should cover most of the better known sites. There are only partial entries for round cairns, settlements, pounds and none for reaves. For listings of specific types of monument click on Resources in the menu above. Corrections, or any feedback or suggestions are very welcome, email: info@dartmoorwalks.org.uk.

NOTE: Clicking on the icons for each monument in the map will give the name of the monument. Where icons overlap they are replaced with an icon with a number - zooming in may separate them out.


Search for sites near-by OS Grid Reference (6 or 8 digit) SX
Dendles Waste Ring Setting Cairn and Cist

Dendles Waste Ring Setting Cairn and Cist

OS Map: SX 61535 62805
NMR record: SX 66 SW 35
HER record: 4276
Megalithic Portal: 45691
PMD: Dendles Waste
Alternate name: Dendles Waste S. Ring Setting Cairn and Cist
ShortName: CT:Dendles Wst
Butler map: 52.15
DPD page: 64
Grinsell: COR 14
Turner: D19
Barrow Report: 43
Notes: Turner D19. Dixon #43. Bar Rep. 43. Butler Dendles Waste S. - Vol. 3. Map 52.15 (diagram p.194). Grinsell CORNWOOD 14. "The circle, consists of eight flat slabs, set on edge and has an internal diameter of approximately 3.4m. Some of the stones from the western quadrant of the circle are missing; a single earthfast stone is all that survives. The rectangular cist lies roughly centrally within the circle and is oriented E to W. It measures 1.2m long by 0.6m and 0.5m deep with slabs still in place both sides". Lethbridge diagram p.63, photo p.64.
Nearby sites: SX61546281
Distance: 0.59km

Harrowthorn (North of) Cist

Harrowthorn (North of) Cist

OS Map: SX 62454 62652
NMR record: SX 66 SW 26
HER record: 4269
Megalithic Portal: 45746
PMD: Harrowthorn Plantation
Alternate name: Coombe Brook N.E. Cist
ShortName: CT:Harrowthorn
Butler map: 52.11
DPD page: 66
Grinsell: COR 15
Barrow Report: 58
Notes: Dixon #83. Bar Rep. 58. Butler Coombe Brook N.E. - Vol. 3. Map 52.11. Grinsell CORNWOOD 15. Located 200m due east up hill of the Coome Brook enclosure. "A cist lies 700 yards north of Harrowthorn Plantation and a few feet west of the track from Watercombe Moorgate to Ranny Brook. Only the two side stones and the eastern end stone remain. The structure is unusual in that the southern side
stone is an earth fast boulder, an approximately vertical face of which forms a side of the cist." Lethbridge p.66. diagram p.65 Ranny Brook Cist 3.
Nearby sites: SX62456265
Distance: 1.46km

High-house Waste Enclosed Settlement

OS Map: SX 60500 62700
NMR record: SX 66 SW 39
HER record: 4362
Megalithic Portal: 45579
ShortName: ES:HighHouse
DPD page: 63
Notes: "Scattered settlement of at least 12 circular huts, some of them being very large. Possibly Romano-British as opposed to the Bronze Age/Iron Age settlements nearby. Later rectangular house on south edge of area". Lethbridge p.63-64 Hut Circle with largest door jambs (over 4 foot tall) on Dartmoor.
Nearby sites: SX60506270
Distance: 0.78km

Penn Beacon Platform Cairn Circle

OS Map: SX 59827 62268
NMR record: SX 56 SE 63
HER record: 2402
Megalithic Portal: 45617
PMD: Penn Beacon 2
Alternate name: Penn Beacon S.2 Platform Cairn Circle
ShortName: PC:Penn Beacon
Butler map: 52.14.2
Grinsell: COR 4
Turner: E7
Notes: Turner E7. A tumulus with a retaining circle, in poor condition. Diameter 12m, height 0.5m. "A cairn, about forty feet in diameter, from which almost all the stones have been removed and the central cist destroyed. It was surrounded by a circle of upright stones from one to three feet high, and to the west a row of two pairs of stones."
Nearby sites: SX59836227
Distance: 1.57km

Penn Beacon Cairn

Penn Beacon Cairn

OS Map: SX 59928 62929
NMR record: SX 56 SE 60
HER record: 2404
Megalithic Portal: 45853
Alternate name: Penn Beacon Summit Cairn
ShortName: CN:PennBeacon
Butler map: 52.14
Butler Vol 5: p.157 & Fig.96
Grinsell: COR 2
Barrow Report: 14
Notes: "A round cairn, 22 metres in diameter and 1.7 metres high, lies on the summit of Penn Beacon, at 430 metres above O.D. It is of small boulders and has been much disturbed, with a central hollow, 8 metres in diameter and 0.8 metres deep, and a modern marker cairn, 1 metre high, on the south side". Lethbridge p.62-3 suggests possible ruins of chambered cairn (diagram p.59).
Nearby sites: SX59936293
Distance: 1.2km

Penn Beacon 1 Cairn Circle & Cist

Penn Beacon 1 Cairn Circle & Cist

OS Map: SX 59532 62482
NMR record: SX 56 SE 62
HER record: 12909
PMD: Penn Beacon 1
Alternate name: Penn Beacon 1 stone row Cairn Circle & Cist
ShortName: CT:Penn Beac2
Butler map: 52.14.1
DPD page: 61
Grinsell: COR 3
Notes: A cairn on the lower slope of Penn Beacon, close to stone row (sx56se/2). Opened in 1872 by Spence Bate and Oliver: a fine cist was found, a stone implement and many pot fragments, one quite substantial. The cairn stands at the north end of a double stone row which extends for 7.0m. The cist is not visible. See also: Bate's 1872 Report
Nearby sites: SX59536248
Distance: 1.73km

Penn Beacon S. Stone Row

Penn Beacon S. Stone Row

OS Map: SX 59947 62553
NMR record: SX 56 SE 65
HER record: 2400
Megalithic Portal: 2076
The Stone Rows of GB: Penn Beacon South
PMD: Penn Beacon Stone Row
Alternate name: Penn Beacon S Stone Row
ShortName: SR:Penn Beac S
DPD page: 62
Notes: "A single stone row, sixty-six feet long, the largest stone being about 2 1/2 feet high. This row is no more than a remnant". Lethbridge p.62 Penn stone row - diagram p.59.
Nearby sites: SX59956255
Distance: 1.32km

Penn Beacon S.W. Stone Row

Penn Beacon S.W. Stone Row

OS Map: SX 59523 62471
NMR record: SX 56 SE 62
HER record: 2399
Megalithic Portal: 2077
The Stone Rows of GB: Penn Beacon South West
PMD: Penn Beacon Cairn Stone Row
Alternate name: Penn Beacon SW Stone Row
ShortName: SR:PennBeac SW
DPD page: 61
Notes: "A short double stone row 24ft. long and nearly 2ft. wide consisting of two pairs of stones on the southern slope of Penn Beacon. To the north end of the row there is a cairn approximately 52 feet in diameter and 6 foot high. It was excavated in 1872, a cist was discovered, though the capstone had collapsed at one end. Fragments of a wide mouthed jar were found and a slate implement, thought to be used for fashioning clay vessels". Lethbridge p.61 Penn Moor south double stone row and cairn - diagram p.59. See also: Bate's 1872 Report
Nearby sites: SX59526247
Distance: 1.74km

Ranny Brook Cist

Ranny Brook Cist

OS Map: SX 62616 63544
NMR record: SX 66 SW 27
HER record: 4270
Megalithic Portal: 14987
PMD: Ranny Brook Head
Alternate name: Ranny Brookhead Cist
ShortName: CT:Ranny Brook
Butler map: 52.10
DPD page: 66
Grinsell: COR 12
Barrow Report: 64 68 69 71
Notes: Dixon #90. Bar Rep. 64. Butler Ranny Brook Head - Vol. 3. Map 52.10 (diagram p.186). Grinsell CORNWOOD 12. "Three
sides of the grave are still in place; the third has been turned back and lies parallel to its original position. To the south of the cist, and about a foot away from the nearest point of the buried side-stone, lies the displaced coverstone. This stone has a greatest length of four feet and a greatest width of two feet six inches". Sides of cist sunken below surface. Lethbridge p.66. diagram p.65 Cist 2.
Nearby sites: SX62626354
Distance: 1.56km

Ranny Brook (North of) Cist

Ranny Brook (North of) Cist

OS Map: SX 62154 63547
NMR record: SX 66 SW 29
HER record: 4272
Megalithic Portal: 45747
PMD: Ranny Brook settlement
Alternate name: Ranny Brook N.3 Cist
ShortName: CT:Ranny Brk N
Butler map: 52.9.3
DPD page: 65
Grinsell: COR 11
Barrow Report: 58
Notes: Dixon #84. Bar Rep. 58. Butler Ranny Brook N. 3 (Cist 3) - Vol. 3. Map 52.9. (pp.184-7 general plan of Ranny Brook settlements and cairns p.184, diagram of cists p.186). Grinsell CORNWOOD 11. "The northern end-stone and the western side-stone survive, whilst smaller stones may represent the other sides. This agrees with Worth's survey, but in his report he has transposed north and south." Lethbridge diagram p.65 Cist 1.
Nearby sites: SX62156355
Distance: 1.11km

Ranny Brook (Yealm) Enclosed Settlement

OS Map: SX 62320 63540
NMR record: SX 66 SW 102
HER record: 43608
Megalithic Portal: 45574
ShortName: ES:Ranny Brook
Notes: An enclosure of earth and stone walling 0.5m wide by 0.4m high encompasses an oval area 18.0m by 16.0m. It lies on the South facing slope to the North of Ranny Brook. Scheduled: Devon 10853.
Nearby sites: SX62326354
Distance: 1.27km

Rook Tor Cairn Circle

OS Map: SX 60230 61530
NMR record: SX 66 SW 36
HER record: 49463
Megalithic Portal: 3445
ShortName: CC:Rook Tor
Butler map: 52.8
Turner: G21
Notes: Turner Stone Circle G21. "10 stones standing, one a boulder" (Turner). The closest possible NMR entry that could fit refers to natural boulders. Butler refers to a possible cairn at SX60236153 "a semi-circle of slabs amongst the rocks of Rook Tor are obviously artificially set - remains suggest the site of a cairn, entirely demolished but for the retaining circle." (Butler Vol. 3. p.182). An alternative NMR entry refers to a hut circle at SX60866173, see: SX 66 SW 119. NB. Turner gives NGR SX61276148 - from satellite imagery this is way to the east away from outcrops and seems likely incorrect. This record sticks with Butler's grid reference.
Nearby sites: SX60236153
Distance: 1.88km

Shell Top Stone Ring Cairn Circle

OS Map: SX 59835 63835
NMR record: SX 56 SE 67
HER record: 12790
Megalithic Portal: 1250
Alternate name: Shell Top Summit 3 Stone Ring Cairn Circle
ShortName: RC:Shell Top
Butler map: 51.10.3
Grinsell: COR 1a
Turner: A44
Notes: Turner A44. "a stone ring 20.5m overall diameter, comprising small, heather covered stones, 0.8m wide and 0.2m high. It lies on the broad level summit of shell top at 475m above sea level. There is a wide 3m wide gap on the north side and the interior is slightly domed, about 0.4m high, possibly a natural rise since it is off-centre. The term 'stone circle' is rather a mis-nomer since only half a dozen stones protrude from the turf and in appearance it is simply a low circular bank."
Nearby sites: SX59846384
Distance: 1.41km

Shell Top Platform Cairn Circle

OS Map: SX 59766 63805
NMR record: SX 56 SE 68
HER record: 12905
Megalithic Portal: 45646
PMD: Shell Top
Alternate name: Shell Top Summit 1 Platform Cairn Circle
ShortName: PC:Shell Top
Butler map: 51.10.1
Grinsell: COR 1
Turner: E53
Notes: Turner E53. Cairn 9.5m in diameter with boulder of tor. Butler Vol 3 map 51.10 p.174.
Nearby sites: SX59776381
Distance: 1.46km

Shell Top S.W. Stone Row

OS Map: SX 59473 63142
NMR: No record found
HER record: 48897
Megalithic Portal: 36955
The Stone Rows of GB: Shell Top South West
PMD: Shell Top Stone Row
Alternate name: Shell Top SW Stone Row
ShortName: SR:ShellTop SW
DPD page: 60
Notes: Not listed in NMR. Discovered by Lethbridge in 1992. Butler Vol. 3 Map 51.9. Oval cairn at the higher end. Orientated just west of north and 73.5 m from the cairn is a massive fallen longstone 2.7 m long which is probably the terminal stone of the row. There are 31 of 47 original stones visible in the row, all but a few either flat or leaning. Lethbridge p.59-61 diagram p.59, 61.
Nearby sites: SX59476314
Distance: 1.63km

Stalldown (W) Platform Cairn Circle and Cist

Stalldown (W) Platform Cairn Circle and Cist

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Stalldown Stone Row
OS Map: SX 62833 62328
NMR record: SX 66 SW 75
HER record: 13234
Megalithic Portal: 45791
PMD: Stall Moor W.
Alternate name: Stalldown W.11 Platform Cairn Circle and Cist
ShortName: CT:Stalldown W
Butler map: 54.18.11
DPD page: 67
Grinsell: COR 11c
Turner: E30
Notes: Turner E30. Butler Stalldown W. (Cairn 11) - Vol. 4. Map 54.18.11 (p.61-2 diagram p.62). Grinsell CORNWOOD 11c. "This small round cairn, diameter 5.7 to 6.4m, height 0.5m, is built of small boulders ... It contains a cist, the south side stone, 1.2m long, both end stones, 0.4m long ...On the south side of the cairn 3 large stones, 0.8m to 1.0m long and set on edge are the probable remains of a kerb". Lethbridge pp.65-67. diagram p.65 Cist 4, photo p.67.
Nearby sites: SX62836233
Distance: 1.94km

Yealm Steps Enclosed Settlement

Yealm Steps Enclosed Settlement

OS Map: SX 62000 63550
NMR record: SX 66 SW 30
HER record: 4273
Megalithic Portal: 45575
ShortName: ES:Yealm Steps
Notes: "A fine example of enclosure and hut circles. Extensive prehistoric settlement area. Two villages contiguous, the larger pound a development of the smaller. Pound walls and those of huts consist of stone and turf. At least 22 huts within the enclosure. To the north and south of the pounds are scatters of isolated huts generally much larger than the enclosed huts. On the south there are remains of fields or paddocks. Rough moorland."
Nearby sites: SX62006355
Distance: 0.97km

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