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Pictures of Merrivale Prehistoric Settlement

in the town of Merrivale, in the county of Devon

About Merrivale Prehistoric Settlement

Set in a dark, brooding corner of Dartmoor, the Merrivale Rows show a vast variety of shape and formation. The site is also known as the Potato Market and is the second most import ritual site on Dartmoor.

The stones, with a stream flowing swiftly between them, have many interesting items including standing stones and a large menhir. The area to the south of the site contains a "Stone Circle", whilst the ceremonial rows occupy the northern side of the site. Other varieties of stones can be identified, some small, some large, but all dominate, adding historic and geological interest to this desolate moorland area.

The Merrivale Stones, sometimes known as The Plague Stones, can be found just off the B3357 between Princetown and Tavistock. It is a fascinating site, particularly eyrie on a misty day, but once the mist rises these weathered stones battered by strong Dartmoor winds, present an unforgettable sight, well worth the effort of getting there.

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Clapper Bridge at Postbridge, Dartmoor, Devon

Postbridge (19 Pictures)

in the county of Devon

(6.6 miles, 10.6 km, direction NE)

Postbridge is a tiny hamlet, yet this richly wooded area, at the heart of the moor has become a natural starting point for the thousands of visitors who annually come to explore the splendour and wonders of the moor...

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Dartmeet (15 Pictures)

a Picturesque Village in the county of Devon

(7.1 miles, 11.5 km, direction E)

A popular tourist and beauty spot on Dartmoor. It is the meeting point of the two major tributaries of the River Dart: the East Dart and West Dart...

Okehampton Castle in Devon

Okehampton (13 Pictures)

in the county of Devon

(12.9 miles, 20.7 km, direction N)

There has been a settlement at Okehampton since the Bronze-Age, later it became a prosperous Saxon town with the Saxon Lords being overthrown at the time of the Conquest...

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Plymouth (148 Pictures)

in the county of Devon

(13.3 miles, 21.4 km, direction S)

This is a city that evokes stirring memories of England's great maritime past...

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Drewsteignton (43 Pictures)

a Picturesque Village in the county of Devon

(15.0 miles, 24.2 km, direction NE)

This attractive village is one of the most beautifully laid out of all Devon villages with pretty cottages set around a fine village square...

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Looking down the Okement, Dartmoor National Park, Devon

Dartmoor National Park (801 Pictures)

(6.2 miles, 10.0 km, direction E)

An exploration of the hauntingly beautiful Dartmoor National Park cannot be under-taken in just one short visit. To truly explore.....

The Tower, Buckland Abbey, Devon

Buckland Abbey (4 Pictures)

(6.7 miles, 10.8 km, direction SW)

Buckland Abbey is situated near Yelverton at the edge of the Dartmoor National Park. It was built as a 13th century Cistercian.....

Bridge over the river at Lydford Gorge, Devon.

Lydford Gorge (49 Pictures)

(6.9 miles, 11.1 km, direction NW)

A picturesque stone bridge crosses the River Lyd just south of the village of Lydford. At this point the river often falls fast.....

Lydford Castle, Lydford, Devon

Lydford Castle (1 Pictures)

(7.0 miles, 11.3 km, direction NW)

A simple square keep is all that remains of Lydford Castle. The castle, standing on a small mound in the shadow of the church.....

Grey Wethers Stone Circle, near Okehampton, Devon

Grey Wethers Stone Circle (1 Pictures)

(7.4 miles, 11.8 km, direction NE)

This unique double ringed circle is less dramatic than most and is interesting for the fact that the circles lie side by side.....


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