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Dartmoor Site: Nine Maidens Cairn Circle, Belstone Tor

Nine Maidens Cairn Circle, Belstone Tor

This site is featured on the Okehampton: Belstone and Cosdon Hill walk. The photos are of the Belstone Nine Maidens Cairn Circle and views from Belstone Tor (SX61239284 Butler Vol. 2. Map 40, 13). The Nine Stones cairn circle actually consists of 16 stones. According to Butler the site is thought to be complete and original with only one empty socket with a fallen slab next to it. The site would have originally consisted of a central mound as tall as the surrounding stones. The last photos are taken from the east of Belstone looking up along the Irishman's Wall. The Irishman's Wall was built in the early nineteenth century to form an enclosure. According to Crossing sections of the wall were torn down by the local commoners who objected to the loss of their rights!

These photos were taken on the 13th June 2010.

Bibliography & references

Butler, J. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Vol. 2. - The North (Devon Books, 1991)
Crossing, William. 1912. Guide to Dartmoor (Peninsula Press, 2001) pp.205-6

Belstone Nine Maidens Cairn Circle
Belstone Nine Maidens Cairn Circle
Belstone Nine Maidens Cairn Circle
Belstone Nine Maidens Cairn Circle
Belstone Nine Maidens Cairn Circle
Belstone Nine Maidens Cairn Circle
Belstone Nine Maidens Cairn Circle
Belstone Nine Maidens Cairn Circle
Belstone Nine Maidens Cairn Circle
Belstone Nine Maidens Cairn Circle
Belstone Nine Maidens Cairn Circle
Belstone Tor
Belstone Tor
Belstone Tor
Irishman's Wall
Irishman's Wall

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