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Damage Barton (Standing Stones) — Folklore

Morthoe, I have heard that local legend says that the murderers of Sir Thomas a'Beckett are supposed to haunt this coastline on horseback.

Whitestone, Lee Bay (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

Isn't it strange. You can live somewhere for a while and then discover something magical just around the corner! As you head out of Ilfracombe towards Lee Bay (a must for anyone who wants a beach that provides peace, seclusion and fascinating rock pools,) you will pass White stone farm. Park up and follow the public footpath and there it is. About 10ft of solid quartz. A fairly remarkable stone. It is only possible to view it from the fence as I believe the farmer owns the land and uses it for grazing. Leave your dog in the car as the farmer owns a rather formidable and terriotorial ankle biter as our wolf hound discovered.
The stone is visible from the road in winter when the leaves provide no cover.

Damage Barton (Standing Stones) — Fieldnotes

If you should be in the vicinity of Ilfracombe or Morthoe (inbetween Ilfracombe and Woolacombe) then a walk over the headlands towards Bull Point will be no dissapointment.
There are two stones (that I have stumbled across so far) each measuring about 4 ft. The first sits on the headland overlooking Lundy Island, the second is situated in a nearby field as you approach the farmhouse. The field is marked by a footpath and a well worn avenue that crosses the stone. At the end of this field, the path leads to "Bennet's Mouth" a small, private and hidden cove, well worth a visit.
The stones are marked on the OS map but the ref. I'm not too sure at the moment.

West Kennet (Long Barrow) — Fieldnotes

What a wonderful Sunset tonight from West Kennet. It could become an Easter tradition, this climbing out of tombs stuff!!!!

Avebury (Circle henge) — Fieldnotes

What a wonderful Easter(ogen) filled Saturday, bottle of coke and a trip to stones of Avebury. Blessed to see the most wonderful sunset of the year so far. Bring it on!

The Longstone of Minchinhampton (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

I spent yesterday evenings beautiful sunset by the stone, just made it in time weaving through hte maze of roads which all seem to bring you out at the same place. Note the stone of identical texture built into the wall. Could this be as antiquated? I know that someone once speculated that this was the entrance to a barrow.
Tis a pretty place indeed but returned with a dreadful headache. Not a stone for brittle heads!

Tarren Deusant (Carving) — Fieldnotes

Tarren Deusant. (the crop of rock of three* saints.)
This has to be the most spookiest place in Britain. Tucked away down a dark valley and known and still used by a handful of people. The visions of ancient ritual are still accsesible here and the aura of the place remains untouched. Well worth a visit. AKA the druids alter stone.
there is certainly an air of mystery and intrigue in the air as you approach the place. PS One of the best mushroom sites around.

[*Two saints. A 1696 document mentions that there were two carvings at that time. - TMA Ed.]
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