Dartmoor National Park
What is it?
A well-preserved archaeological landscape consisting of a complex of ritual monuments with a later Bronze Age settlement and post medieval rabbit warrens.
Why it is special?
It’s a famous archaeological site where you can see stone rows, a stone circle, menhirs and burial cairns that date back to the late Neolithic/early Bronze Age period around 4,000 years ago.
It’s probably the best example of such a site on Dartmoor (several others exist).
Nearby you can also see the remains of a Bronze Age settlement and a length of reave. These banks of earth and stone were built in the middle Bronze Age all across Dartmoor, often dividing land up into complex field systems.
Tell us something we didn’t know
The description of the stone rows at Merrivale was noted in 1802 by a local vicar, the Reverend Bray, who believed the site was the work of druids.
How to get there
The site is south of the B3357 road, about five miles east of Tavistock.
Grid reference: SX 540 760
The Transmoor Link (bus service 82) runs across the high moor and will get you to Princetown, east of Merrivale:
For more information, contact the High Moorland Visitor Centre: