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Megaliths, Mênhirs and Stone Circles of North Devon

Brendon, Two Gates Standing Stones

Neolithic Menhir, Lynton

Grid reference SS76604364


Map showing Brendon, Two Gates Standing Stones

These 3 longstones or menhirs lie to the east of the B3223 minor road between Simonsbath and Watersmeet. They lie on the boggy open moorland just to the north of Brendon Two Gates, and to the southwest of a war memorial. The 3 Standing Stones lie in a row, aligned NW-SE. and are set about 7 metres apart. The largest stone is the central one standing just over 0.6 metres tall high.

Challacombe Longstone

Neolithic Menhir, Challacombe

Grid reference SS70514307


Map showing Challacombe Longstone

Challacombe Longstone lies high up on Exmoor, about two miles from the nearest road. It is tall and slender, standing almost 3 metres high making it the tallest stone on Exmoor. Consisting of slate local to the area, it is just over a metre wide but only 25cm thick at its base. Nearby lie the Longstone Barrow, Wood Barrow and the Chapman Barrows.

Chapman Down Barrows

Bronze Age Barrow Cemetery, Lynmouth

Grid reference SS698435


Map showing Chapman Down Barrows

Chapman Down Barrow Cemetery lies on the Exmoor moorland just north of Challacombe. Otherwise known as Longstone Allotment, six barrows lie in a row aligned E-W. In the immediate area a further five barrows can be located. On one of the largest and best preserved barrows, situated on the highest point of the hill, an Ordnance Survey Trig Point has been set. There are a number of ancient sites on or around Challacombe Common making the area well worth a visit.

Clannon Ball Standing Stones

Neolithic Menhir, Lynton

Grid reference SS75924366


Map showing Clannon Ball Standing Stones

Situated on open moorland to the northwest of Brendon Two Gates, above Farley Water, Exmoor. Three Standing Stones each about 0.45 metres tall lie grouped into a triangular shape. The stones stand about 5 metres apart.

Clovelly Dykes

Iron Age Hill Fort, Clovelly

Grid reference SS311235


Map showing Clovelly Dykes

Clovelly Dykes is an Iron Age Hill Fort situated to the southwest of Clovelly in North Devon. It is one of the largest and most impressive Early Iron Age hill-forts in the whole of Devon. It is a complex series of earthworks covering more than 20 acres (8.1 ha). Its position atop a 210 metre hill meant that it commanded the landscape around and could keep an eye on the nearby coast at the same time.

Damage Barton Standing Stones

Neolithic Menhir, Ilfracombe

Grid reference SS471464


Map showing Damage Barton Standing Stones

These three Standing Stones or menhirs lie to the west of Ilfracombe, all close to each other. Marked on the OS map for the area as Standing Stones just to the south of Damagehue Cliff. The stones range in height between 0.9 metres and 1.3 metres tall. They stand at Grid References SS471462, SS471464 and SS473466.

Kentisbury Down Standing Stones

Neolithic Menhir, Combe Martin

Grid reference SS637440


Map showing Kentisbury Down Standing Stones

To the southeast of Combe Martin, near the Exmoor village of Kentisbury lie a number of standing stones. The main stone here stands about 1.5 metres high leaning slightly to the east. a short distance to the northeast lies another stone no more than 0.3 metres tall with another about 0.6m stone now lying prone.

Knap Down Standing Stone

Neolithic Menhir, Combe Martin

Grid reference SS602469


Map showing Knap Down Standing Stone

Knap Down Standing Stone or menhir, lies on Knapp Down just north of Vellacott Lane to the east of Combe Martin. It lies at the highest point of a field at Grid Reference SS602469. The slab shaped stone stands about 1.6 metres tall and is unusual as it exhibits a reddish colouration which is particularly striking in the summer sunshine.


Post Roman Well, Barnstaple

Grid reference SS556342


Map showing Ladywell

Ladywell is the name of the ancient well tucked away in the grounds of the church of St Mary the Virgin in Pilton, Barnstaple. Pilton is one of the oldest parts of the town.

Lundy Settlement

Bronze Age Settlement, Bideford

Grid reference SS135467


Map showing Lundy Settlement

Situated at the far northern end of the island of Lundy is this ancient Settlement. Thought to date from about 1000 BC - the Bronze Age

Shoulsbury Castle

Iron Age Hill Fort, Challacombe

Grid reference SS706391


Map showing Shoulsbury Castle

Shoulsbury Castle lies on the western fringes of Exmoor, just south of Challacombe. It is an Iron Age hill fort with a single rampart and associated ditch defending a central enclosure of about 2 hectares. A secondary rampart and ditch protect three of the four sides. Nearby, to the northeast lies a Bronze Age burial site. The site lies close to the top of a hill on the shoulder of Shoulsbarrow Common at a height of 472 metres above sea level.

St. Brannoc's Holy Well

Post Roman Well, Braunton

Grid reference SS487374


Map showing St. Brannoc's Holy Well

Dedicated to the 5th Century saint, the holy well of St. Brannoc, or Brannock, lies hidden away in a picturesque little glade next to a modern Catholic chapel. The chapel is built on the site of a ruined medieval chapel and dates from 1957. The well is actually a heart shaped stone-lined pool with two little piers enabling you to get closer to the water. The remains of St. Brannoc are said to be buried at the nearby church.

Tawstock Holy Well

Post Roman Well, Barnstaple

Grid reference SS553298


Map showing Tawstock Holy Well

Otherwise known as St. Peter's Well, Tawstock Holy Well is one of the largest and best preserved holy wells in Devon. The well is first recorded in the 14th century but is actually thought to have existed from early Saxon times. The well is situated near the school close to St. Peter's Church. Restored in 1938, the site is a grade 2 listed building.

Warcombe Water Row

Neolithic Stone Row, Lynton

Grid reference SS72864424


Map showing Warcombe Water Row

Warcombe Water Row is a Stone Row on Exmoor. It was discovered during the Spring of 2006, when the burning of heather moorland near Ilkerton Ridge revealed a long line of standing stones stretching for almost 100 metres. The row comprises of nine erect and three fallen stones forming a single row 99m long. The stones are all of pale yellow/grey sandstone, which is local to the area.

Winaway Stone Rows

Neolithic Stone Row, Lynton

Grid reference SS722437


Map showing Winaway Stone Rows

Otherwise known as Ilkerton Ridge Stone Rows, these double Stone Rows lie on the north facing flanks of the moors near Furzehill, Exmoor. Nearby sites of interest include Roe Barrow, Warcombe Water Row, Furzehill Common and Chapman Barrows.

Wood Barrow

Bronze Age Barrow, Challacombe

Grid reference SS716425


Map showing Wood Barrow

Wood Barrow lies just to the northwest of Pinkery Pond, high up on Exmoor. In a quite good state of preservation, this large round barrow has had its centre robbed out by treasure seekers in the mid 17th century. The story goes that 'It was excavated before 1630 when a dowser divined treasure in the form of brass beneath the mound. The diggers were stopped short by over-whelming faintness and a massive thunderstorm'. There are faint traces of a ditch running around the barrow.

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