Scorhill
Bronze Age Stone Circle
Southwest of Gidleigh, Dartmoor, Devon  OS Map Ref SX65468739
OS Maps - Landranger 191 (Okehampton & North Dartmoor), Explorer OL28 (Dartmoor)


Scorhill Circle - looking west
Looking west over Scorhill Circle
Scorhill circle - southeastern arc
The south-eastern arc of stones
The best way to describe Scorhill circle is that it is 'stark in its landscape' This landscape is open and gently sloping to the west and the unshaped granite blocks almost seem as if they have been pushed up through the earth, especially one tall shark-toothed stone to the northwest of the circle which stands nearly 2.5 metres tall. (see picture lower left). The site consists of 23 stones still standing with another 11 fallen, 2 of these showing evidence of the work of stone masons with part of one of the stones missing - this damage is thought to have been done sometime before the 18th century. Estimates for the original number of stones are as high as 60 or 70. Given that the circle only has a diameter of 27 metres this would mean that it would have had twice the stone density of the slightly bigger southern circle of the Grey Wethers, 2.5 miles away to the southwest. It would certainly have been an imposing sight.
Although the circle dominates the local landscape it does not stand in isolation, there are several cairns close by, 2 of which show evidence of having stone kerbs.
There are several stories or legends surrounding Scorhill with a recurrent theme being that horses or livestock often cannot be lead through the circle. A short distance to the south by the North Teign River is the Tolmen Stone, a large holed stone that also has stories attached to it, this time that passing through the hole could cure various ailments.

Glossary Item: Bronze Age
Scorhill circle - northwest  arc
Stones on the northwest of the circle

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