Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks, walking the Stone Rows and Stone Circles of Dartmoor
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Dartmoor Site: Grey Wethers (S) Stone Circle

Grey Wethers (S) Stone Circle

Grey Wethers (S) Stone Circle

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Grey Wethers Double Stone Circle
OS Map: SX 63875 83122
OS Source: Google
NMR record: SX 68 SW 1
HER record: 6759
Megalithic Portal: 532
PMD: Grey Wethers Stone Circles
Alternate name: Grey Wethers (S)
Short Name: SC:GreyWethers
Turner: G2
DPD page: 134
Exist: Yes
Record: Unique
Dimensions (m): 33.0
Notes: 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
Nearby sites: SX63888312

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