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This walk: 2015-7-23. Pillow mound, Ditsworthy Warren House, ferret kennel, slit window, dog kennels, Kennel Court, cists, Drizzlecombe stone rows, Giant's Basin cairn, terminal cairns, Drizzle, Lonstone Leat, windstrew, longhouse.

Walk details below - Information about the route etc.

Old map .....
Ordnance Survey, Six-inch to the mile, 1st edition - 1888-1913

Where we walked: Google Satellite view of the area - including the GPS track of the walk (compare with the Ordnance Survey map plus track below)

Previous walk in this area: 3rd February 2010 9th February 2011, 27th June 2012,  

 

End view of a pillow mound (rabbit bury) on the right when approaching Ditsworthy Warren House - there many in this area .....

 

Ditsworthy Warren House......

 

Reputed ferret kennel built into the garden wall .....

 

Slit window in a piece of wall adjacent to the house suggesting that there might have been a longhouse here originally ..... the earliest record of a deed for the property dates from 1493 when pasture rights were granted to the occupant - this would be for farming, warrening probably came later.

 

Dog kennel in the north wall of the "garden", Kennel Court, or Dog Pit - one of three around the garden so that dogs could get away from the weather .....

 

South-east corner kennel ....

 

South-west corner kennel.

 

Strange structure where two stones have grooved tops .....

 

A Disneyesque tree, I believe a rowan, looking at the leaves in the photo .....

 

View from the west end.

 


Image J Butler 1994. Reproduced by kind permission (ref. 29 Sept. 2012).

A plan of the Drizzlecombe, Drusselcombe, Thrusselcombe area where there are three stone rows and associated cairns. Features 22, 13 and 21 are kistvaens (cists) - we visited 22, 13 and 17 on this walk.

 

 

Cist 22 at SX 59029 66719 .....

 

Another view.

 

Menhir at the west end of stone row no. 1 in the sketch map below .....

 

It's quite a hunk - of granite .....

 

Low-angle photograph to enhance the small stones in the row .....

 

Giant's Basin paleolithic burial cairn, unusual in not being somewhere high and prominent.

 

Now, that's a big stone!

 

Side view, it just needs a little adjustment .....

 

Ah, that's better!

 

Terminal cairn at the east end of row 2 .....

 

Another terminal cairn at the end of row 3 .....

 

Looking down along row 3 .....

 

Row 3 ......

 


Image © J Butler 1994. Reproduced by kind permission (ref. 29 Sept. 2012).

Schematic of the stone rows and associated cairns.

 

Overview of cist 13 (on the map) .....

 

Cist 13 on the map .....

 

This is a big cist .....

 

 

 

Last look.

 

Cist 17 on the map, intact except for the capstone being absent .....

 

The trees in the distance are on a bearing of 232 magnetic and this points to the trees of North/Cadworthy Wood behind Cadover bridge, 5.2 km (3.25 miles) distant.

 

Standing astride the Drizzle!

 

Head of the Longstone Leat at SX 59150 67422 .....

 

Overview.

 

Go another way!

 

Ponies in the leat .....

 

 

Ditto .....

 

Ditto again.

 

Windstrew, at SX 58582 67158, where threshed corn would be tossed in the wind to winnow away the chaff. 

 

Outbuilding to a nearby longhouse - this seems to have its long axis along a contour, not down the slope .....

 

Panorama of what seems to be a very long longhouse, paced out at 28 metres (90 feet) long. Click the image to see a larger version.

 

End-on view of the longhouse .....

 

In the longhouse looking up the slope .....

 


Image © J Butler 1994. Reproduced by kind permission (ref. 29 Sept. 2012).

 

 

A longstone at SX 58710 66945 .....

 

This appears to be a rougher stone than those of the monuments and may simply be a rubbing post for cattle.

Walk details

MAP: Red = GPS satellite track of the walk.


© Crown copyright and database rights 2015.  Ordnance Survey. Licence number 100047373. Use of this data is subject to terms and conditions. Also, Copyright © 2005, Memory-Map Europe, with permission.

The walk is most easily approached by driving over Burrator Dam, through Sheepstor, until reaching a left turn to Nattor. Parking is at the symbol on the map, marked more precisely by the yellow cross..

 

Statistics
Distance - 6.68 km / 4.15 miles.
 

 

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