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Turner Stone Circles

Turner in 1990 made one of the first serious attempts to classify Ring Cairns and Stone Circles. This work included a category G for stone circles defined as "rings of free-standing orthostats without any central features". Traditionally stone circles are defined as monuments that have no obvious funerary purpose and that stand alone as a circle of stones. This definition excludes circles associated with stone rows or that are thought to be cairn structures. However, Turner in his category G included stone circles that are attached to stone rows but do not have obvious cairns and also those circles with no visible cairn or cist which most other authors today would probably term as cairn circles. There are a number of problems with Turner's approach and on this website we use the more accepted traditional definition of a stone circle. However Turner's list of stone circles does include a number of prominent monuments that members of the public would probably call stone circles and it may also be of use to researchers and for those reasons we make it available here. For a more detailed discussion of the difference between stone circles and cairn circles see Guide to Dartmoor Stone Circles.

The following Turner listing of stone circles is ordered by size of monument. The entry for G2 and G4 are the Grey Wethers north and south stone circles respectively. Turner included a separate Gii listing for Multiple Stone circles, these are the Yellowmead and Shovel Down Four Fold circles which are listed last at G30 and G31. All of the following entries will also be found correctly listed as Stone Circles or Cairn Circles in the following listings:

Bibliography & references

Butler, J. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Vol. 5. - The Second Millennium B.C. (Devon Books, 1997)
Gerrard, Sandy, English Heritage Book of Dartmoor: Landscapes Through Time, (1997)
Grinsell, L.V., Dartmoor Barrows, Devon Archaeological Society Proceedings No. 36 (1978)
Newman, Phil The Field Archaeology of Dartmoor (English Heritage, 2011)
Pettit, Paul. Prehistoric Dartmoor (David & Charles, 1974)
Turner, J.R., Ring Cairns, stone circles and related monuments on Dartmoor, D.A.S.P. No. 48 pp. 27-86 (1990)
Worth, R.H. Worth's Dartmoor (David & Charles, 1971)

About the Database Listings

Details of archaeological sites used to be kept in the Sites and Monuments Records (SMRs). These are now held in National Monument Records (NMRs) maintained by English Heritage although these in turn are being merged into Historic Environment Records (HERs). The NMRs contains details of the site and will often include field notes, a limited bibliography and other useful information. Another rich source of such information is Bill Radcliffe's Prehistoric Monuments of Dartmoor (PMD) website. The records below were compiled independently from books and journals and then matched to the NMR records and then cross-referenced with any corresponding PMD records to ensure accuracy. Each record has a link to corresponding NMR and PMD records, a link to the location on the Ordnance Survey map, a photo (if available) and a link to relevant coverage on Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks and a link giving a listing of nearby sites. The HER records are not included as they do not yet have much information but they can be looked up via the PMD records. The author would like to thank Bill Radcliffe for the helpful correspondence whilst checking records. See also: Database and Web Search Tools

Default listing is by Turner number which is approximately largest first. Click here to order instead by: Site Name, OS, Monument Type, Turner Number.

Grey Wethers (N) Stone Circle

Grey Wethers (N) Stone Circle

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Grey Wethers Double Stone Circle
OS Map: SX 63877 83162
NMR record: SX 68 SW 1
HER record: 6758
Megalithic Portal: 532
PMD: Grey Wethers Stone Circles
Short Name: SC:Grey Weth N
Turner: G4
DPD: 134
Dimensions (m): 31.5
Nearby sites: SX63888316

Mardon Down Stone Circle

Mardon Down Stone Circle

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Mardon Down Stone Circle & Cairns
OS Map: SX 76764 87203
NMR record: SX 78 NE 19
HER record: 8289
Megalithic Portal: 3376
PMD: Mardon Down Stone Circle
Short Name: SC:Mardon Down
Butler Vol 5: p.148 & Fig.90
Turner: G1
DPD: 149
Dimensions (m): 38.0
Notes: Mardon Down stone circle is the biggest by circumference on Dartmoor with a diameter of 38m. The site would have been impressive in its day and is one of the only ones sited on the top of high ground and has a fine view of the surrounding area. Today the circle is fairly dilapidated. Six stones remain upright and another 16 lie roughly in place. There are two massive megaliths one of which is on the north-western part of the circle. A short arc of seven stones remains in position on the south-east of the circle. The circle was first described by Dr Milles in 1772 who reported around 70 stones. Butler suggests it probably originally consisted of around 61 stones many of which are probably buried under the peat where they originally fell although some have no doubt been robbed out.
Nearby sites: SX76768720

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
NMR record: SX 68 SW 1
HER record: 6759
Megalithic Portal: 532
PMD: Grey Wethers Stone Circles
Short Name: SC:GreyWethers
Turner: G2
DPD: 134
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

Sourton Tors Stone Circle

Sourton Tors Stone Circle

OS Map: SX 54683 89587
NMR record: SX 58 NW 21
HER record: 4626
Megalithic Portal: 3472
PMD: Sourton (Corn Ridge) Stone Circle
Short Name: SC:SourtonTors
Turner: G3
Dimensions (m): 32.0
Notes: "A stone circle, diameter about 110 ft and appearing to have comprised 32 stones of which all but six remain where they have fallen, has been discovered between Sourton Tors and Cornridge. In size it compares with the circles of the Grey Wethers and Scorhill". For a photo of this site, see: Megalithic Portal: Sourton Tors Stone Circle
Nearby sites: SX54688959

Sherberton Stone Circle

Sherberton Stone Circle

OS Map: SX 63945 73188
NMR record: SX 67 SW 23
HER record: 6290
Megalithic Portal: 1252
PMD: Sherberton Stone Circle
Short Name: SC:Sherberton
Turner: G5
DPD: 101
Dimensions (m): 29.5
Notes: Remains of a 97 ft diameter stone circle with a stone wall passing through its western side. "Nine of the original stones are still standing, plus one larger stone which is incorporated in the remains of the old wall which bisects the western extremity of the circle. This stone appears to have been removed from the original circumference, and its height is 1.4m. The remaining nine stones range in height from 0.3m to 0.75m. The original circle appears to have been c. 30m across, although no stones appear to the west of the old wall. The length of the 2 fallen stones at the southern end is 2.6m and 2.4m". For a photo of this site, see: Megalithic Portal: Sherberton circle. Lethbridge p.101, diagram p.99 and p.100.
Nearby sites: SX63957319

Scorhill Stone Circle

Scorhill Stone Circle

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Scorhill Stone Circle
OS Map: SX 65460 87398
NMR record: SX 68 NE 26
HER record: 6122
Megalithic Portal: 540
PMD: Scorhill Stone Circle
Short Name: SC:Scorhill
Butler map: 38.8
Turner: G6
DPD: 146
Dimensions (m): 27.0
Notes: One of the most impressive stone circles on Dartmoor and one of the few that has not been restored. The circle consists of 23 granite slabs up to 2.5m high with a further 11 recumbent stones. The circle is not the largest in terms of diameter but it is the most striking circle on Dartmoor with some of the largest standing stones. See also, Legendary Dartmoor: Scorhill Stone Circle and HER MDV6122
Nearby sites: SX65468740

Buttern Hill Stone Circle

Buttern Hill Stone Circle

OS Map: SX 64949 88482
NMR record: SX 68 NW 11
HER record: 4371
Megalithic Portal: 724
PMD: Buttern Hill Stone Circle
Short Name: SC:ButternHill
Turner: G7
DPD: 147
Dimensions (m): 24.8
Notes: NNE of Scorhill about 2Km. "The remains of a Bronze Age stone circle situated on level ground overlooking the valley of the North Teign River and Whitemoor Marsh. The stone circle measures 24.8 metres in diameter and is denoted by five upright granite slabs standing up to 0.76 metres high. A further 12 recumbent stones lie where they have fallen." Also known as the Throwleigh circle. According to R.N. Worth, although not confirmed since, there was "a small cairn between five and six yards in from the southern edge" and also there is a companion circle a short distance on the slope westward, 60 feet in diameter consisting of four stones with a possible large central pillar, see T.D.A. Vol 24 (1894) p.303-4. For a photo of this site, see: Megalithic Portal: Buttern E - Stone Circle
Nearby sites: SX64958848

Brisworthy Stone Circle

Brisworthy Stone Circle

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Brisworthy Stone Circle
OS Map: SX 56468 65495
NMR record: SX 56 NE 64
HER record: 3983
Megalithic Portal: 542
PMD: Brisworthy Stone Circle
Short Name: SC:Brisworthy
Turner: G8
DPD: 35
Barrow Report: 29
Dimensions (m): 24.0 x 27.0
Notes: The Brisworthy circle underwent major reconstruction carried out by Breton and the Barrow Committee in 1909. At the time only 4 stones remained standing whilst another 21 were lying roughly in place. Some 15 stones out of 40 are missing, no doubt robbed for nearby enclosures and walls. A low rubble bank surrounds the circle.
See also: Legendary Dartmoor: Dartmoor's Brisworthy Circle. Lethbridge p.34-35. Diagram p.34 site 1.
Nearby sites: SX56476550

Down Ridge Stone Circle

Down Ridge Stone Circle

OS Map: SX 65515 72084
NMR record: SX 67 SE 64
HER record: 6400
Megalithic Portal: 863
PMD: Down Ridge Stone Circle
Short Name: SC:DownRidge
Turner: G9
DPD: 92
Dimensions (m): 25.0
Notes: Also known as Hexworthy Circle. "situated on a gentle north facing slope overlooking the valley of the River Dart. The stone circle measures 25 meters in diameter and is denoted by five upright granite slabs, standing up to 1.45 meters high, which are confined to its south western sector. A further six recumbent stones lie where they have fallen. The stone circle was partially excavated in 1904 by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee and their work revealed the original ground surface covered with charcoal. An associated outlying standing stone is located 85 meters south-east of the stone circle and survives as a triangular shaped block up to 0.86 meters high." [HER MDV6400]. For photos of this site, see: Megalithic Portal: Down Ridge - Stone Circle
Nearby sites: SX65527208

Langstone Moor Stone Circle

Langstone Moor Stone Circle

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Langstone Moor Stone Circle, Stone Row & Settlements
OS Map: SX 55639 78205
NMR record: SX 57 NE 13
HER record: 4226
Megalithic Portal: 1062
PMD: Langstone Moor Stone Circle
Short Name: SC:Langstone
Butler map: 30.10
Turner: G10
DPD: 14
Dimensions (m): 20.4
Notes: The Langstone standing stone and also the stone circle were used for target practice by American troops who were stationed nearby during the Second World War. Bullet holes can be seen on the Langstone standing stone and the circle was sadly smashed to smithereens. The Langstone Moor Stone circle had been restored in 1894 when all of the stones were re-erected in their original socket holes. Today only 3 stones remain intact with 10 having been destroyed and the rest overturned during World War Two. The debris of the former stones remain in place. Pre-war photos give a sense of how spectacular this site used to be. The original restored circle consisted of 16 stones in a 20.9m circle. The original survey by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee suggested that there might have originally been a secondary concentric circle consisting of elvan rather than granite stones although the evidence for this today is unclear (see Extract from the Second Report of the D.E.C.), see also HER MDV4226. Further coverage can be found on Legendary Dartmoor: Dartmoor's Prehistoric Langstone Moor. Lethbridge p14, diagram p13.
Nearby sites: SX55647821

Little Hound Tor (or White Moor) Stone Circle

Little Hound Tor (or White Moor) Stone Circle

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Little Hound Tor Stone Circle
OS Map: SX 63284 89612
NMR record: SX 68 NW 2
HER record: 4374
Megalithic Portal: 528
PMD: White Moor Stone Circle
Short Name: SC:White Moor
Turner: G11
DPD: 154
Dimensions (m): 20.2
Notes: The circle is in good condition today but only 13 stones remained standing when the Dartmoor Exploration Committee re-erected 5 of the stones in 1896. The site is a fairly accurate circle of circumference 20.2m. A cairn lies close to the circle, a heather covered mound about 8.5m across. The White Moor stone lies 160m to the SE of the circle and it is thought to be contemporary with the circle but probably out of position having been re-erected at some point. It is now a boundary marker. See also, Legendary Dartmoor: Dartmoor's Bronze Age Landscape of Whitmoor
Nearby sites: SX63288961

Stonetor Hill Cairn Circle

OS Map: SX 65250 85470
NMR record: SX 68 NE 115
HER record: 54535
Megalithic Portal: 3478
Alternate name: Stonetor Hill (HER 54535) Cairn Circle
Short Name: CC:Stonetor
Turner: G12
DPD: 133
Dimensions (m): 20
Notes: Dubious site. Possibly site listed as Stone Circle G12 by Turner. "Two upright slabs situated in the shallow valley bottom above the headmire of the E arm of the Stonetor Brook. The slabs, 1.2m high, are positioned in line 1.0m apart and lie on the boundary of Gidleigh Parish and the Forest of Dartmoor, now Dartmoor Forest parish. The N face of the E stone has the letters 'GP' (Gidleigh parish). The S face is lichen covered. A deep water filled erosion hollow lies on the N side of these stones". For a photo of this site, see Boundary stone on Stonetor Hill
Nearby sites: SX65258547

Fernworthy Stone Circle

Fernworthy Stone Circle

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Fernworthy Stone Circle
OS Map: SX 65487 84126
NMR record: SX 68 SE 56
HER record: 6534
Megalithic Portal: 530
PMD: Fernworthy Stone Circle
Short Name: SC:Fernworth
Turner: G13
DPD: 138
Dimensions (m): 19.3
Notes: The Fernworthy circle is part of a group of ceremonial monuments including 3 stone rows and 5 cairns that may once have rivalled Merrivale and Shovel Down as ceremonial centres. The site is in a small clearing in Fernworthy Forrest off the path to Teignhead Farm. The circle is remarkably intact with all but 2 stones still in their original places ... It is 20m in diameter and consists of 27 small stones. The stone rows and cairns probably came later and surround the site. The circle was excavated by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee in 1897. They found that the interior of the circle was covered in a layer of charcoal suggesting that it had been the scene of very many fires - perhaps funeral pyres or feasts. See also Legendary Dartmoor: Dartmoor's Fernworthy Stone. DNP Post 3D.
Nearby sites: SX65498413

Merrivale Stone Circle

Merrivale Stone Circle

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Merrivale Ceremonial Complex [Photo Set 2]
OS Map: SX 55362 74642
NMR record: SX 57 SE 8
HER record: 4998
Megalithic Portal: 116
PMD: Merrivale Stone Circle
Short Name: SC:Merrivale
Turner: G14
DPD: 17
Dimensions (m): 18.6 x 20.2
Notes: "A stone circle with a diameter of 20.0m. measured from northeast to southwest and 18.0m from northwest to southeast. It is formed by eleven stones spaced between 2.7m and 6.7m. apart and from 0.3m. to 0.5m. high. Three of the stones are of post type and eight are upright slabs. An additional stone, 7.5m. from the northeast side and 0.3m high, is angled towards the circle and may be quite unassociated". See also Legendary Dartmoor: Merrivale Ceremonial Complex. Lethbridge pp.16-18, diagram 16.
Nearby sites: SX55367464

Shovel Down Stone Circle

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Shovel Down Ceremonial Complex
OS Map: SX 65834 86194
NMR record: SX 68 NE 47
HER record: 29944
Megalithic Portal: 1259
PMD: Shovel Down Stone Circle
Short Name: SC:Shovel Down
Butler map: 36.6
Turner: G15
DPD: 139
Dimensions (m): 16
Notes: "The remains of an alleged stone circle lie on the gentle NE facing slope of Shovel Down 200m SW of Batworthy Corner. Three upright stones, between 0.3m and 0.75m high, are visible. The two close-set NE stones display smaller packing stones in the erosion hollows at their bases. The third stone is partly obscured by the bank of the South Hill Leat (SX 68 SW 97). It is possible that these stones constitute the remains of a stone circle however, no such feature is noted in the antiquarian records so it must remain a doubtful site". For a photo, see Megalithic Portal: Shovel Down NW stone circle. Lethbridge pp.139-145, diagram p.139.
Nearby sites: SX65838619

Erme Cairn Circle

Erme Cairn Circle

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Upper Erme Stone Row & Cairn Circle
OS Map: SX 63517 64442
NMR record: SX 66 SW 94
HER record: 4310
Megalithic Portal: 533
Alternate name: Upper Erme stone row Cairn Circle
Short Name: CC:The Dancers
Butler map: 55.7.1
Grinsell: COR 10
Turner: G16
DPD: 71
Dimensions (m): 15.8 x 0.3
Notes: Turner Stone Circle G16. An impressive cairn circle (often referred to as a stone circle) on Stall Moor which is also known as The Dancers, Kiss in the Ring or Stall Moor Circle. "Round barrow with retaining circle at south end of longest Dartmoor stone row. Diameter 16m, height of mound 0.3m." Lethbridge pp.70-71, diagram p.71
Nearby sites: SX63526444

Shaugh Moor (S) Cairn Circle

OS Map: SX 55418 63425
NMR record: SX 56 SE 45
HER record: 49564
Megalithic Portal: 3458
PMD: Shaugh Moor Stone Row
Alternate name: Shaugh Moor stone row Cairn Circle
Short Name: CC:ShaughMoorS
Butler map: 48.5
Grinsell: SHA 41
Turner: G17
DPD: 55
Dimensions (m): 13.0 or 18.0
Notes: Turner Stone Circle G17. Cairn circle at the southern end of the Shaugh Moor stone row. "An egg-shaped ring of stone uprights". "Only an arc of four clearly identifiable stones survive in the circle; they are a maximum 0.3m high and suggest an approximate circle diameter of 15.0m. There are a number of buried and semi-buried stones traceable but their relationship to the circle is unclear". Lethbridge p.54-55, diagram p.55
Nearby sites: SX55426343

Shaugh Moor (N) Cairn Circle

OS Map: SX 55410 63490
NMR record: SX 56 SE 135
HER record: 29996
Megalithic Portal: 3458
Short Name: CC:ShaughMoorN
Turner: G18
Dimensions (m): 8.2
Notes: Turner Stone circle G18. "Whether the stones represent the remnants of a stone circle, a cairn circle, or even a hut is debateable". "The remains of a circle of stones lie on a north-west facing hill slope at 256m above OD on unenclosed moorland. It survives as a partial ring of five boulder and stones with an off-centre earthfast boulder; the overall diameter was approximately 10.0m to 10.6m across. The largest of the two slabs which remain upright is 0.8m high, 1.7m wide and 0.3m thick."
Nearby sites: SX55416349

Buckland Ford Cairn Circle

OS Map: SX 65740 66040
NMR record: SX 66 NE 34
HER record: 5187
Megalithic Portal: 717
Short Name: CC:Buckland Fd
Butler map: 57.23
Grinsell: LYD 107
Turner: G19
DPD: 87
Barrow Report: 65
Dimensions (m): c.9.0 x 0
Notes: Turner Stone Circle G19. Probable cairn circle. "A small, probably sepulchral, stone circle. It consists of 14 stones arranged in an 'egg' shape. The long axis is 9.9 metres aligned due east by 8.2m transversely. A further 7 stones are in close proximity but may not be associated. There is no trace of a cist or cairn." "It is largely obscured by long tussocky grass and the absence of a discernible cairn or cist makes it an unusual site by Dartmoor standards".
Nearby sites: SX65746604

Challacombe Down Cairn Circle

Challacombe Down Cairn Circle

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Challacombe Down Triple Stone Row
OS Map: SX 68980 80840
NMR record: SX 68 SE 28
HER record: 49462
Megalithic Portal: 1819
PMD: Challacombe Down Stone Row
Short Name: CC:Challacombe
Butler map: 24.3
Butler Vol 5: p.239 & Fig.169
Turner: G20
Dimensions (m): 8
Notes: Turner Stone Circle G20. Dubious site - the current arrangement relates to stones placed during restoration of the stone row. See Worth (1953) p. 226 on how "nothing coherent" came of attempts to re-erect stones scattered to the west of the north end of the row which gave the appearance of a stone circle.
Nearby sites: SX68988084

Rook Tor Cairn Circle

OS Map: SX 60230 61530
NMR record: SX 66 SW 36
HER record: 49463
Megalithic Portal: 3445
Short Name: CC:Rook Tor
Butler map: 52.8
Turner: G21
Dimensions (m): 7.5
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

Joan Ford's Newtake Cairn Circle

OS Map: SX 63033 72172
NMR record: SX 67 SW 26
HER record: 6261
Megalithic Portal: 3296
Alternate name: Joan Ford's Newtake 2 Cairn Circle
Short Name: CC:Joan Fords
Butler map: 63.3.2
Grinsell: LYD 91
Turner: G22
Barrow Report: 30
Dimensions (m): 6.0 x 0.3
Notes: Turner Stone Circle G22. Bar Rep 30. "A stone circle with six identifiable erect or leaning stones. One forms the E post of the gateway, the west post, 7ft high, stands outside the circumference. It is because of its small diameter, without doubt a retaining circle; any internal features such as a central hollow or possible kistvean have been obliterated by the wall builders."
Nearby sites: SX63037217

Nine Stones, Belstone Cairn Circle

Nine Stones, Belstone Cairn Circle

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Nine Maidens Cairn Circle, Belstone Tor
OS Map: SX 61230 92849
NMR record: SX 69 SW 12
HER record: 6865
Megalithic Portal: 535
PMD: The Nine Stones
Alternate name: Nine Stones Cairn Circle
Short Name: CC:Nine Stones
Butler map: 40.13
Grinsell: BEL 1
Turner: G23
DPD: 156
Barrow Report: 42
Dimensions (m): 7.2 x 0.6
Notes: Turner Stone Circle G23. The "Nine Stones" cairn circle "survives as a ring of at least 16 upright stones, standing up to 0.7 metres high, surrounding a slightly raised 7 metre diameter internal area". "A loose granite boulder in the centre of the circle may cover a cist; and there are vestiges of a mound around it. Well preserved." See also, Legendary Dartmoor: The Nine Maidens
Nearby sites: SX61239285

Lakehead Hill Cairn Circle

Lakehead Hill Cairn Circle

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Lakehead Hill
OS Map: SX 64351 77493
NMR record: SX 67 NW 33
HER record: 5843
Megalithic Portal: 24365
Alternate name: Lakehead Hill 5 Cairn Circle
Short Name: CC:Lakehead 5
Butler map: 27.19.5
Grinsell: LYD 55
Turner: G24
DPD: 117
Barrow Report: 54
Dimensions (m): 6.8
Notes: Butler Cairn 5. Tuner lists this as G24 Stone Circle. However, it is clear from its size and location near other Ring Settings that it is in fact better described as a Ring Setting despite having no visible internal structure. In these listings we will leave it as a cairn circle. "The cairn is defined by a circle of edge set stones which measure 7.8 metres in diameter and stand up to 0.9 metres high." Lethbridge diagram p.114 and photo top p.117.
Nearby sites: SX64357749

Trowlesworthy Warren (E) Cairn Circle

Trowlesworthy Warren (E) Cairn Circle

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Trowlesworthy, Settlements, Stone Row & Cairn Circle
OS Map: SX 57651 63983
NMR record: SX 56 SE 38
HER record: 49511
Megalithic Portal: 529
PMD: Trowlesworthy E Stone Row
Alternate name: Trowlesworthy stone row 1 Cairn Circle
Short Name: CC:Trowles E
Butler map: 51.8.1
Butler Vol 5: p.229 & Fig.163
Grinsell: SHA 44
Turner: G25
DPD: 58
Dimensions (m): 6.6 x 0
Notes: Turner Stone Circle G25. Cairn circle at head of stone row. "The circle 6.5m. in diameter comprises eight orthostats from 0.7m. to 1.5m. high. In some cases the 'trig' stones are visible." "The alleged cairn at the head of the row comprises a ring of eight stones a maximum of 1.2m high with no evidence of a cist and very little to suggest the former presence of a cairn. It would seem more likely to represent the remains of a small stone circle albeit only 6.0 to 6.5m in diameter." See also, Legendary Dartmoor: The Pulpit. Lethbridge p.57-8, diagram p.58.
Nearby sites: SX57656398

Trowlesworthy Warren (W) Cairn Circle

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Trowlesworthy, Settlements, Stone Row & Cairn Circle
OS Map: SX 57544 63986
NMR record: SX 56 SE 15
HER record: 49509
Megalithic Portal: 3517
PMD: Trowlesworthy W Stone Row
Alternate name: Trowlesworthy stone row 2 Cairn Circle
Short Name: CC:Trowles W
Butler map: 51.8.2
Grinsell: SHA 43
Turner: G26
Dimensions (m): 5.5 x 0.3
Notes: Turner Stone Circle G26. This is a cairn circle at the east end of the Trowlesworthy Warren (W) stone row. "At the east is a 4.5m. diameter circle of 10 stones; average height 0.4m. There is no visible cairn or cist in the centre. Two upright stones immediately to the north west of the circle are probably associated. "
Nearby sites: SX57546399

Cholwich Town (site of) Cairn Circle

OS Map: SX 58460 62250
NMR record: SX 56 SE 33
HER record: 49508
Megalithic Portal: 770
PMD: Cholwich Town Stone Row
Alternate name: Cholwichtown stone row Cairn Circle
Short Name: CC:Cholwich
Butler map: 48.
Grinsell: COR 5
Turner: G27
Dimensions (m): 4.9
Notes: Turner Stone Circle G27. Site of former cairn circle. "the row, extending over 700ft, consisted of uprights 2-3ft. high and 3ft. apart, the circle, at the northern end of the row, was 15ft. in diameter with seven upright stones. The site was excavated in 1961, and the sockets of many missing stones were found, also a pit 8ft. in diameter in the centre of the circle. "
Nearby sites: SX58466225

Glasscombe Corner Cairn Circle

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Walk: The Erme East stone rows
OS Map: SX 66100 60802
NMR record: SX 66 SE 49
HER record: 49561
Megalithic Portal: 1951
PMD: Glasscombe Corner Stone Row
Alternate name: Glasscombe Corner stone row Cairn Circle
Short Name: CC:Glasscombe
Butler map: 56.12
Grinsell: UGB 5
Turner: G28
Dimensions (m): 3.5
Notes: Turner Stone Circle G28. Lower end of stone row. "A stone row, 300 yds S 41o W from Glasscombe Corner. The southern 368 feet are a double row and the northern 212 feet 6 inches a single row. The northern part has lost no stones and the change from double to single is abrupt and complete. At the S.W. end are the remains of a cairn and at the NE. end is a retaining circle with many of the stones fallen. It would appear thus that there was a grave at either end of the row. "
Nearby sites: SX66106080

Ringmoor Down Cairn Circle

Ringmoor Down Cairn Circle

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Ringmoor Stone Row & Cairn Circle
OS Map: SX 56157 65947
NMR record: SX 56 NE 61
HER record: 4029
Megalithic Portal: 22947
Alternate name: Ringmoor Down 3 Cairn Circle
Short Name: CC:Ringmoor
Butler map: 49.21.3
Grinsell: SHE 18
Turner: G29
DPD: 36
Barrow Report: 63
Dimensions (m): 3.5
Notes: Turner Stone Circle G29. Located about 230m NW of the cairn circle that terminates the Ringmoor Down stone row. "An 11ft 2ins diameter cairn circle composed of fourteen stones of which four have fallen over. Stones of quartz-schorl, not granite." "This feature has the semblance of having been recently created. The stones are mostly loose and irregularly spaced. As a monument type it appears to be unique on Dartmoor. It should not be considered of great antiquity." For a photo, see: Stone-Circles.org.uk: Ringmoor Cairn. Lethbridge kerb circle p.34-36. Diagram 34 site 4.
Nearby sites: SX56166595

Yellowmead Fourfold Cairn Circle

Yellowmead Fourfold Cairn Circle

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Yellowmead 4-fold Cairn Circle
OS Map: SX 57488 67846
NMR record: SX 56 NE 18
HER record: 3338
Megalithic Portal: 1371
PMD: Yellowmead Stone Circles
Alternate name: Yellowmead fourfold circle Cairn Circle
Short Name: CC:Fourfold
Butler map: 47.14
Grinsell: SHE 4
Turner: G30
DPD: 31
Barrow Report: 41
Dimensions (m): 19.0 x 0
Notes: Turner G30 - Multiple Stone Circle. "A group of four concentric stone circles of which the innermost one is considered to be a cairn circle. Three stones were standing in 1921 when all the fallen stones were raised during restoration. There also appears to have been a stone row leading away from the stone circles." See also, Legendary Dartmoor: Yellowmead Stone Circle.
Nearby sites: SX57496785

Shovel Down Fourfold Cairn Circle

Shovel Down Fourfold Cairn Circle

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Dartmoor Site: Shovel Down Ceremonial Complex
OS Map: SX 65950 86010
NMR record: SX 68 NE 17
HER record: 6158
Megalithic Portal: 3464
PMD: Fourfold Circle
Alternate name: Fourfold Circle Cairn Circle
Short Name: CC:Shovel4Fold
Butler map: 36.7
Grinsell: GID 3
Turner: G31
DPD: 143
Dimensions (m): c.9.0
Notes: Turner G31 - Multiple Stone Circle. "Fourfold Circle a sub-circular configuration of four apparently concentric stone rings. The outer ring has a diameter of 9m, the others have diameters of 6.4m, 4.7m and 2.4m respectively. The monument comprises 29 visible stones. Most are approximately 0.3m in height although they vary from 0.1-0.55m. The middle two rings define the bottom and top of the scarp of a small earthern cairn apparently an integral part of the monument. It is most pronounced on the E (downslope side). In the centre is a roughly sub-circular pit measuring 1.3m by 0.7m and 0.45m deep; it is probably the remains of a badly robbed cist. On the N side are two large fallen stones. When upright they may have served as a focal point for the end of the stone row " Lethbridge 139-145, diagram p.139.
Nearby sites: SX65958601

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