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Black Hill

Stone Row / Alignment

<b>Black Hill</b>Posted by MeicImage © Michael Mitchell
Nearest Town:Ashburton (8km S)
OS Ref (GB):   SX766792 / Sheet: 191
Latitude:50° 35' 55.83" N
Longitude:   3° 44' 37.77" W

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<b>Black Hill</b>Posted by Meic


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Visited 17.4.15

Adjacent to a minor road across moorland to the north of Haytor Vale. O/S map required.

I saw this site on my O/S map and thought I would check it out. It’s not that often I get the chance to visit a stone row!

Although the road is narrow and parking is difficult we were able to pull over a little way to the south. The barrow is well mangled and is now no more than a low stony mound, easy to miss unless you were specifically looking for it.

30 paces to the north-east of the cairn is the stone row. I was able to identify a total of 10 stones. The tallest stones are the first two you come to. Both are approx 1m tall although one has fallen. There are then 4 smaller stones (approx 0.5m long) all of which are prostrate. There are then another 4 stones (approx 0.5m high) which are still standing. The final two stones are next to each other and clearly form a start/finish point. I suspect the same was originally true of the other end of the row.

This is typical moorland, rough gorse covered. There are good views along the valley to the east.
This site is a little out of the way but well worth the effort of visiting – I am glad I did.

Oddly, E.H. have nothing to report – so my notes will have to do!
Posted by CARL
23rd April 2015ce