Belstone Common

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Belstone Common: Heathland in North Dartmoor tipped by Belstone Tor at 479 Meters (1,572 feet)

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Nine Maidens, Watchet Hill, Scarey Tor, Seventeen Brothers, Belstone Tor, Cullever Steps, Irishmans Wall, Nine Stones


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Nine Maidens

Situated on the northern slopes of Belstone Common, on a part called Watchet Hill
Nine Maidens stone circle, also known as Nine stones and also Seventeen Brothers, is the remains of a cairn circle. Now consisting of 16 stones, the 17th one has been uprooted and placed outside the circle. The main slab measures 1.75 meters (6 feet) has fallen over.

The name Nine Maidens, is used by other stone circles around the country (Boskednan Stone Circle in Cornwall is another), and relates to a legend about a group of girls who danced on a Sunday, which as the Sabbath day was considered sinful, and so as a divine punishment were turned to stone. Obviously ignoring the fact, that there arn't nine stones in this example.


How to get here


Exit A30 at the Okehampton east exit and join the old A30. Follow signs to Belstone past the White House services and turn right at Tongue End crossroads again following the sign for Belstone. Continue up this lane for about a mile past the cricket ground and across an area of unfenced common ground to reach the 'Belstone' village sign. Just past this sign on the left is the large village car park.


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