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Megaliths, Mênhirs and Stone Circles of South Devon

Blackdown Rings

Iron Age Hill Fort, Kingsbridge

Grid reference SX720520


Map showing Blackdown Rings

Otherwise known as the Loddiswell Rings, the Blackdown Rings is a large Iron Age hill fort. The fort lies on a hilltop 185 metres above sea level, in a commanding position above the River Avon. Its embanked enclosure has been topped later by a Norman Motte and Bailey in the northwest corner. For ease of access there is a small car park.

Denbury Hillfort

Iron Age Hill Fort, Newton Abbot

Grid reference SX816685


Map showing Denbury Hillfort

Denbury Hillfort lies just to the southwest of the South Devon village of Denbury near Kingskerswell. It is situated on a 150 metre high hill and commands views over the surrounding countryside. The hillfort was defended by twin ramparts set close together and a deep ditch on the eastern and southern sides. The location has not been excavated but similar structures that have been offer up a date of between 300BC and 100BC - the Iron Age. Within the hillfort lie two Bronze Age burial mounds.

Kent's Cavern

Paleolithic Cave, Torquay

Grid reference SX934641


Map showing Kent's Cavern

Possibly the best known archaeological attraction in Devon. Kent's Cavern is a Paleolithic Cave complex on the outskirts of Torquay. Kent's Cavern is notable for both its archaeological and geological features. The caves are a geological Site of Special Scientific Interest and are also a Scheduled Ancient Monument. They are open to the public - admission charge applies. The caverns and passages are thought to have been created about 2 million years ago by the action of water. They are also thought to have been occupied by one of at least eight separate, discontinuous native populations to have inhabited the British Isles. The site ranks amongst Pakefield, Boxgrove, Swanscombe, Pontnewydd, Gough's Cave and Paviland as one of the most important archaeological sites in the country.

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