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Beardown Man

Standing Stone / Menhir


The Beardown Man stands on Devil's Tor above the Cowsic River at SX597796.It is 3.5 metres tall and is the only noteworthy prehistoric remain in the area.It can be reached by walking up the West Dart From Two Bridges,passing Wistman's Wood ,then on to Crow Tor from where you turn north west.It is then about a mile to Devil's Tor.Alternatively you can walk up passed the Long Plantation to Holming Beam keep north until you come to the Cowsic and follow it to SX596792 where you can turn east and climb the hill to the Tor.
If this way is taken there is a stone in the wall of the Long Plantation worth looking out for as it is a cup marked stone which is rare on Dartmoor.It is easily noticed as it is painted with the number 81.It is at SX591765.
If the other route is taken there is a well preserved Kist on the side of Crow Tor that is worth a visit.It is at SX605786.
There are some superb views from the Beardown Man.If the weather is fine it is a good place to stop a while and take it all in.
Lubin Posted by Lubin
17th February 2005ce
Edited 17th February 2005ce

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