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Butterdon Hill cairn circle

Cairn circle

<b>Butterdon Hill cairn circle</b>Posted by thesweetcheatImage © A. Brookes (10.6.2010)
Nearest Town:Rattery (8km ENE)
OS Ref (GB):   SX65635881 / Sheet: 202
Latitude:50° 24' 47.34" N
Longitude:   3° 53' 29.12" W

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But the main draw for me is a cairn circle, which marks the southern terminal of the second-longest stone row on Dartmoor. It takes me a while to find the circle, even in low grass. Burl mentions that one of the stones is upright, but in fact all are fallen (although a couple are still – just about – leaning). There is the merest hint of the cairn mound in the centre and the stones are quite nice shapes, several tapering at what I assume was the top when they were originally erected. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
23rd August 2010ce


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Site added as "stone circle" due to appearance in Burl's "Stone Circles of Britain, Ireland and Brittany" (Yale 1995, 2nd ed 2005) and also description on Pastscape:

"(SX 65635881) Stone Circle (NR)(1)

A low cairn within a retaining circle of stones is situated at SX
65635881, at the south end of the Butterdon stone row (SX 65 NE 17),
with which it is associated.
The circle is 11 metres in diameter, and consists of twelve stones,
all now recumbent, although when Worth wrote in 1941, one was erect
and three were leaning. Some of the stones are unusually large.
The cairn is 9 metres in diameter by 0.3 metre high, with a hollow
in the centre."
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
6th July 2010ce
Edited 24th February 2013ce