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Dartmoor Site: Grey Wethers (S) Stone Circle

Grey Wethers (S) Stone Circle

Grey Wethers (S) Stone Circle

Photo taken on 20-06-2024

Grey Wethers (S) Stone Circle

Plan by RHW. Two Stone Circles on Dartmoor. T.D.A. Vol.71. 1939

Database entries

PDW coverage: Dartmoor Site: Grey Wethers Double Stone Circle
OS Map: SX 63874 83121
OS Source: Google
HER: MDV6759
Megalithic Portal: 532
PMD: Grey Wethers Stone Circles
Alternate name: Grey Wethers (S)
Short Name: SC Grey Weth S
Turner: G2
DPD page: 134
Exist: Yes
Record: Unique
Record Source: PDW
Cairn Class: No
Dimensions (m): 33.0
Lidar: SX 63874 83121
Nearest Bus Stop: Warren House Inn (4.2 km) [Route: 171]
Nearby sites: SX 63874 83121


This site is one of the most impressive on Dartmoor. The circles were restored in 1909 by Burnard. At the time only 9 stones remained standing in the north circle and 7 in the south circle. It is thought that the reconstruction is fairly accurate. The circles are separated by a few meters and are almost identical. Both circles have 30 stones and diameters very close to 33 m and they are within 2 degrees of being on an exact north to south alignment. The slight differences between the two circles could even be a result of the restoration. Apparently "wether" is an old English name for sheep and legend has it that a drunken farmer leaving the Warren House Inn was persuaded that the Grey Wethers were a desirable flock for sale! See also, Legendary Dartmoor: Grey Wethers


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