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Trethevy Quoit (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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The Pipers (Standing Stones) — Fieldnotes

Standing between The Pipers gives an impressive view of the Cheesewring - the hill is right in the centre of your field of vision. If these are indeed genuine antiquities, this must have been an important factor in their positioning.

The Pipers (Standing Stones) — Images

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The Cheesewring (Rocky Outcrop) — Fieldnotes

Boxing Day, 2010 CE, 15:00

After visiting Trethevy Quoit, where not a soul was to be seen, it came as a bit of surprise to find that we were not the only ones to brave the snow on Boxing Day. About 50 people were present around the Hurlers and the Cheesewring.

Standing between The Pipers gives an excellent view from a distance - this position forces the cheesewring into your perspective, and I don't doubt that these stones were put here for exactly that purpose.

In the snow, no track was visible, so we had to go carefully climbing up the rocks and boulders on the hill.

The view from the top is incredible, and underneath the Cheesewring is the perfect spot for a picnic.

Trethevy Quoit (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Fieldnotes

Boxing Day 2010 CE, 14:00

The road leading up to the quoit was far too icy for driving, so we parked in the village and went on foot. In retrospect it was better this way anyway - for such a large structure you can see nothing of it until you are about 30 foot from it - and then the size is really striking.

It's possible to squeeze inside the chamber, but since the back stone has fallen down there is little room. The angle of the capstone is mind-boggling - just a few more degrees and it will almost certainly slide.

No-one was here when we came, and if it wasn't for the grim-looking houses built right next to it, this place would be much more mysterious. But still, at least it's here, and with a little imagination it's not hard to see what it would've been like.

Trethevy Quoit (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

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Hampton Down (Stone Circle) — Fieldnotes

25/9/2010 approx 19:00
I reached this circle shortly before sunset. Overgrown with thistles and nettles on a field margin, it wasn't easy to find, but a delight when I finally did. The stones are small wih pieces of flint embedded in them. Great views out to sea combined with the sunset made this a very atmospheric place.
I currently reside in the shadow of Kelston Round Hill in Bath. From an early age I've held a fascination with ancient sites, which grew while spending a lot of time rambling amongst the stone circles, stone rows, hut circles and standing stones of Dartmoor in my teens. For the last 10 years or so, since acquiring a copy of TMA (and many other books and OS maps since), I have been active in seeking out these ancient places whenever I get chance. I'm interested mostly in their relationship to the natural environment, but am also heavily intrigued by the folklore surrounding them.

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