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Tres Ness (Chambered Cairn) — Fieldnotes

This chambered cairn will be taken by the sea in some years. It is directly situated at the current cliff edge and the weather keeps unveiling more and more of the interior. Perfect nesting ground for fulmars, though. Therefore always approach it from the sea if you want to respect the birds and don't want to be spat at. Luckily they always missed hitting me, so far.
19.06.2012

Tres Ness (Chambered Cairn) — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>Tres Ness</b>Posted by Billy Fear<b>Tres Ness</b>Posted by Billy Fear

Metherall Settlement (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images

<b>Metherall Settlement</b>Posted by Billy Fear<b>Metherall Settlement</b>Posted by Billy Fear<b>Metherall Settlement</b>Posted by Billy Fear<b>Metherall Settlement</b>Posted by Billy Fear

Broch of Wasso — Images

<b>Broch of Wasso</b>Posted by Billy Fear

Mount Maesry (Chambered Cairn) — Fieldnotes

I walked the long way to Mount Misery and all I found was joy.
This impressive cairn is meant to be of the Maes Howe type.
It has been used by the lighthouse keepers to store potatoes in the past, so they say.
It is now used by fulmars as a breeding place so when I went I didn't want to disturb my favourite birds too much. Otherwise it would have made as a great resting place.

Mount Maesry (Chambered Cairn) — Images

<b>Mount Maesry</b>Posted by Billy Fear

Stony Littleton (Long Barrow) — Images

<b>Stony Littleton</b>Posted by Billy Fear

Thornworthy Down (Cist) — Images

<b>Thornworthy Down</b>Posted by Billy Fear

Elsness Cairn Cemetery (Cairn(s)) — Images

<b>Elsness Cairn Cemetery</b>Posted by Billy Fear

Edmondshowe Chambered tomb — Images

<b>Edmondshowe Chambered tomb</b>Posted by Billy Fear<b>Edmondshowe Chambered tomb</b>Posted by Billy Fear

Quoyness (Cairn(s)) — Images

<b>Quoyness</b>Posted by Billy Fear

The Fairy Knowe (Chambered Cairn) — Images

<b>The Fairy Knowe</b>Posted by Billy Fear

Gripper's Hill (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

There is a resemblence to the cairns of Harbourne Head. I think that they are connected to all the other cairns around here. On the summit there are 2 cairns about 45m apart with a 3rd one about 400m to the East.
Of the summit cairns the South-Eastern one measures about 10m, the other about 17m.

Harbourne Head cairns (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

There are quite a lot of cairns in the surroundings. Some of them are just clearance cairns, some are genuine burial cairns. It is not easy do be sure about these sites and hard to find information to clear up doubts.
The 2 cairns on my pictures are on the summit are a few hundred metres W from the Harbourne Head Menhir. I measured them about 23m in diameter and they are 20m apart from each other. The eastern cairn is the more prominent one of the two.

Brockhill Foot West (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Fieldnotes

On the day I have been there the reservoir was rather filled up and about one quarter of the settlement was under water. Apparently in dry times the whole settlement shows plus a monastic homestead which might have been linked to the old abbey in Buckfast.
The site has been excavated during the construction of the dam in the fifties.

Stalldown South-East (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Fieldnotes

This is a massive settlement, if not 2 seperate ones that at some point merged. There is a boundary between which makes this plausible. There is a total of over 50 huts, some of them in surprisingly good condition considering the closeness to the edge of the Moor.

Stalldown South-East (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images

<b>Stalldown South-East</b>Posted by Billy Fear

Huntingdon Warren Settlement (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Fieldnotes

The 4 settlements here are some of the highest if not the highest ones on the Moor. There are just under 30 huts between the 4 and a lot of pillow mounds of the warren. If I didn't know better I would have assumed that the pillow mounds were as ancient as the settlements. They somehow give the place a nicer appearance. There is also a little shelter that looks a bit like a bee-hive hut.

Huntingdon Warren Settlement (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images

<b>Huntingdon Warren Settlement</b>Posted by Billy Fear

Mardle Valley (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

These cairns are not in a good state and very overgrown. There is a total of 7 cairns and a few huts around. The biggest cairn(picture) is about 16m in diameter, the others are much smaller.

Mardle Valley (Cairn(s)) — Images

<b>Mardle Valley</b>Posted by Billy Fear

Ryder's Hill (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

As the peat has diminished the appearance of this cairn, the 2 boundary stones and the OS triangular pillar give this site an aesthetic treat for the eyes. One of the Boundary stones is called Petre's Bound Stone, the other Petre On The Mount. I have to admit I don't know for sure which one is which. They mark the boundaries of Buckfastleigh and Holne.
The diameter of the cairn is 30m.

Ryder's Hill (Cairn(s)) — Images

<b>Ryder's Hill</b>Posted by Billy Fear<b>Ryder's Hill</b>Posted by Billy Fear

Holne Moor Triple Row (Stone Row / Alignment) — Images

<b>Holne Moor Triple Row</b>Posted by Billy Fear<b>Holne Moor Triple Row</b>Posted by Billy Fear

Harbourne Head cairns (Cairn(s)) — Images

<b>Harbourne Head cairns</b>Posted by Billy Fear<b>Harbourne Head cairns</b>Posted by Billy Fear

Gripper's Hill (Cairn(s)) — Images

<b>Gripper's Hill</b>Posted by Billy Fear<b>Gripper's Hill</b>Posted by Billy Fear

Brockhill Ford West (Cairn(s)) — Images

<b>Brockhill Ford West</b>Posted by Billy Fear<b>Brockhill Ford West</b>Posted by Billy Fear

Brockhill Foot West (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images

<b>Brockhill Foot West</b>Posted by Billy Fear<b>Brockhill Foot West</b>Posted by Billy Fear<b>Brockhill Foot West</b>Posted by Billy Fear

Blatchford Bottom 2 (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Fieldnotes

Only a 100m or so South from the circle of the Stall Moor Row is this settlement. It has 25 rather small huts and 1 bigger one. It might not be one of the most impressive ones but the remote high location makes it a lovely space.

Blatchford Bottom 2 (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images

<b>Blatchford Bottom 2</b>Posted by Billy Fear

Biller's Pound (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images

<b>Biller's Pound</b>Posted by Billy Fear

Western White Barrow (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

I have been up there now 4 times and everytime I was in the midst of fog or low clouds with no visibility.
This cairn has been the accomodation of peat cutters around 1847 who supposedly took down Petre's Cross which stood there for nearly 300 years. The armless cross has been re-errected upside down.

Western White Barrow (Cairn(s)) — Images

<b>Western White Barrow</b>Posted by Billy Fear

Hook Lake (Stone Row / Alignment) — Images

<b>Hook Lake</b>Posted by Billy Fear

Spurrell's Cross Stone Row (Stone Row / Alignment) — Images

<b>Spurrell's Cross Stone Row</b>Posted by Billy Fear<b>Spurrell's Cross Stone Row</b>Posted by Billy Fear<b>Spurrell's Cross Stone Row</b>Posted by Billy Fear

Spurrell's Cross Stone Row (Stone Row / Alignment) — Fieldnotes

This double row runs 250 meters parallel with Butterdon Row and measures about 120m with a cairn at the South. At close proximity are 2 more cairns, one to the South, the other to the East.
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