Fernworthy Circle
Bronze Age Stone Circle
Fernworthy Forest, Dartmoor, Devon  OS Map Ref SX65488412
OS Maps - Landranger 191 (Okehampton & North Dartmoor), Explorer OL28 (Dartmoor)

Fernworthy Circle looking north
Fernworthy Circle looking north through the entrance - the northern stones row is through the gap in the trees
Fernworthy, or Froggymead as it is sometimes known is a fine Bronze Age Stone Circle of twenty-seven granite slabs and blocks that stand in a clearing on a plateau of land within a Forestry Commission plantation about half a mile west of Fernworthy reservoir.

A pair of tiny stones mark a southern entrance (towards the foreground centre in the photograph above). These are flanked by larger stones, the tallest being about 1.1 metres tall, with the stones decreasing in size as they curve round to the north forming a ring of about 20 metres in diameter that is slightly flattened to the east and west.

The circle was excavated by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee in 1897 who reported a layer of charcoal within the circle but no other finds. The black and white photo below left was taken 10 years later and shows just how much the modern plantation blocks any views of the surrounding landscape - in fact the photo reminds me very much of the nearby Grey Wethers double circle just over a mile to the southwest.

There are three stone rows associated with the circle, one to the north, and a pair to the south. The southern pair are badly damaged but each consisted of a double row of stones, one with a battered ring cairn at its northern end and the other marked with a cairn to one end and a cist to the other.

To the southeast of the circle through a clearing in the trees stands a further cairn that has the remains of a bank and about half a dozen kerb stones. This cairn was found to contain a bronze knife, flint knife, beaker and a shale button.
View of Fernworthy Circle looking west
View of Fernworthy Circle looking west.
Remains of one of the southern stone rows leading to Fernworthy Circle
The remains of one of the southern stone rows leading to Fernworthy Circle.
View of the circle from 1907 looking northwest
View of the circle from 1907 looking northwest.

Fernworthy Circle Panorama
360 Degree Panorama
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