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Cova del Alarb (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech)

Cova del Alarb is in the Alberes Mountains to the south of Argeles-Sur-Mer. It is quite easily reached by leaving the town and going under the motorway towards the Chateau de Valmy.

The path up from here is clearly marked as is the position of the dolmen when it is reached. It is around 10 km to the east of Balma del Moro.

The views from the path up the hill and from the dolmen itself are superb, making it well worth a visit if in the Languedoc-Rousillon area.

Balma del Moro (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech)

Balma del Moro is at around 600 metres in the Alberes Mountains on the Col- del Pomers to the south of Laroque des Albere .This is in the Languedoc-Rousillon area. It can be reached by pathways , which are clearly marked , being in France, from either Laroque des Albere or Sorede. Markings on a board nearby put it at between 4000 and 2000 B.C.
The climb up is quite strenuous but the views and the dolmen are worth it. Both of the villages have some fine bars which we found very relaxing after the walk.

Boringdon Camp (Hillfort)

Boringdon Camp is situated around 4 km south of Dartmoor and is accessed from a car park on the edge of Cann Woods. This can be reached by driving north from Colebrook on the road which goes to Shaugh.
The camp was in use from around 350-150 BC which according to the information board was the B section of the Iron Age. It is 145 metres above sea level and would have had a comanding view over Plymouth Sound when in use , unfortunatly this is now obscured by the pine forest. It still has views north towards Dartmoor.

Birch Tor (Cairn(s))

This cairn is in a nice spot on the top of Birch Tor , with stunning views all around. Although the cairn is not much to look at it is worth a visit for the views alone.
This is the cairn that R.H.Worth, in 1925, found some road workers taking stones away in a cart. There would have been even less of it left if it had not been for his intervention.

Duloe Stone Circle

I visited the circle on Sunday 29th October 2006, a lovely warm sunny day, to have a look at the extra stone that had been added. As Mr Hamhead said in his news item it has only been placed in the circle not set into the ground. It is in a position where another stone could possibly have been. I could see no reference to why the stone had been placed, this had either been removed or blown away in the gales we have had down here. There was however a small plastic bag containing a triangular stone, of some sort maybe a crystal,and a completely incomprehensible note placed in the centre of the circle. Also a feather had been stuck into the ground beside it.

Butterdon Hill (Cairn(s))

English Heritage along with the Dartmoor Preservation Association and a few volunteers have undertaken the project of surveying and restoring many of the cairns on Dartmoor. Over many days last year the cairns on Western Beacon and Wetherdon Hill were done.
This years project started on 21st April 2006 with five of the cairns on Butterdon Hill. The largest were chosen as they were in the worst state of repair, having had their shape altered by the public making shelters with the stones. This was mostly done by digging pits into the cairns and building walls with the stones taken out.
On 21st and 22nd of April 2006 eight volunteers set about surveying , recording and reconstructing these five cairns. The larger of the cairns were surveyed using a plain table and the smaller done using the offset method. When this was finished the walls were taken down and the stones replaced into the holes and any of the tumbled stones were replaced into hollows around the edges in order to get the cairn back into the domed shape they would have had when first built.
You will see from the photographs ,especially the cairn at SX654585, what was achieved.

Butter Brook Ford (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

This is the remains of a small settlement situated on the north and south sides the slope of the Butter Brook.This is a very pleasant spot ideal for a picnic on a warm afternoon or evening. There are the remains of 10 dwellings left, 9 on the north and one on the south. There could have been more houses here but they have now been demolished by the building of a small reservoir, and a pine plantation that cover part of the area.
The area is easy to find and get to being only around 500 metres from the Harford Moor Gate entrance to the moor.
The Gate is at SX644595.

Kraps Ring (Enclosure)

Kraps Ring is an enclosure on the north side of Lakehead Hill. It is easily reached from either Postbridge or the car park that is on the right as you take the turning for Bellever from the B3212 just before Postbridge.

Buttern Hill Chambered Cairn.

In 1975 there were two Chambered Cairns discovered on the east side of Buttern Hill. The uphill/west one is the best preserved and the stones of the chamber ,although not very big, are still in position. The other cairn is in poor condition and lies obout 500 metres to the east.
They are best seen in the winter/ spring as they are covered with bracken during the rest of the year. I had to clear it to get the photos. There is quite a good field system that lies between here and the Buttern Hill Circle, and the newtake which is to the west of the cairns stands on the original walls of part of it. If you go looking for the cairns they are situated near to the east side of this newtake whick is very visible as it stands alone on the east side of Buttern Hill.

Kes Tor (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

The Round Pound as it is called is situated on the right hand side of the road that leads to Batworthy corner. There is a passage way that leads away from it which runs parallel with the road. On the left side of the road there is a large field system. The Round Pound was excavated in 1951/52 by Lady Fox and her team.

Western Beacon (Cairn(s))

These photographs, of the seven cairns, were taken on the 18th August 2005 while I was returning from a circular walk from Cantrell taking in the Cuckoo Ball , Glasscombe, Corrindon Ball, Butterdon Hill area.
The grid references I have used were taken from Jeremy Butler's Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities. I approched the Cairns from the north following the boundary stones from the top of Butterdon Hill down past Black Pool.

Glaze Meet (Cairn(s))

The cairn/kist stands in open moor just to the north of the Glaze Meet South Enclosure and only about six hundred metres to the southeast of the Glasscombe Corner Row. One side and one end stone of the kist are still in position,with a few other stones of the cairn around.

Glasscombe Corner (Stone Row / Alignment)

The row at Glasscombe Corner starts as a single row but changes to a double around a third of the way along, from the cairn end. There is a badly ruined cairn at the downhill end and there are two other cairns just to the west of the single row .

Glasscombe Ball (Cairn(s))

Two cairns stand on the top of the hill, around one hundred metres apart. They can be reached easily, if the old Redlake Railway line is followed from the foot of Western Beacon for about three kilometres. The cairns are on the right side of the track.

Butterdon Hill Chambered Tomb

The Butterdon Hill Chambered Tomb lies around 500 metres further north along the same path as the Cuckoo Ball Tomb. It is in better condition than the previous one and as it is in the open moor. It does not appear to have been excavated. Once again it is best to visit in the early months of the year before it is taken over by the bracken.

Cuckoo Ball (Chambered Tomb)

The tomb stands just inside a newtake wall beside the track that runs from the gate at the foot of Western Beacon around it's east side. It would be best to visit it, as I found when I got there, around February or March time as the rest of the year it is covered with bracken. There are around ten stones left at the northwest end ,two still upright.

Weatherdon Hill (Cairn(s))

There are 2 cairns on Weatherdon Hill, which is to the north east of Ivybridge, that have been chosen to start the reconstruction programme. They are at SX651589 and within metres of each other. As you can see by the photograph they are in a quite bad state as the public take it upon themselves to move the stones around in order to make shelters. They have been surveyed in their present state and recorded and will be put back to how they were when first recorded. There are other cairns on the hill that will be done later.

Trowlesworthy Warren (Cist)

The kist at Trowlesworthy Warren is one of the most accessible as it is close to the path that runs up from the confluence of the Blacka Brook and the Plym.The path goes past the warren house which is now a farm and heds up to the tor.The kist is around 50 metres to the left of the path where it meets the leat running to the clay workings.

Calveslake Tor (Cairn(s))

This is a prominent cairn that has been dug into to reveal the kist which is still intact and has had the capstone levered to one side.It stands around 100 metres to the south east of the Tor so is easy to find as you walk up the Plym.

Joan Ford's Newtake (Cist)

The kist in Joan Ford's Newtake is in very good condition with all four side stones standing and the capstone resting on the south east side.The cairn is surounded by a small kerb that has been cut to the north edge by the newtake wall.There is another cairn that lies to the west along the wall that has been cut in half by the wall with stones on both sides.It is to the east side of a gate with one of the stones acting as the gate post and another used in the wall.The newtake lies to the south east of Royal Hill.
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Lubin the Cycling Antiquarian .Usually found wandering[wondering] on Dartmoor or on the nearby cycle trails.
Into music, photography, cycling, walking and travelling, Australia being my favourite place. Have recently visited the Languedoc/Roussillon area of France which has a large number of Dolmen. I can also recommend this area to anyone.
Favourite site . Drizzlecombe and the outlying area along the Plym valley for the number of different antiquities to be found there.Lake Mungo in Australia is my favourite foreign site. I have visited it a few times. Well worth a visit if one gets to that part of the world.

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