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Scorhill Stone Circle

Scorhill Stone Circle

©jennifer bailey 2015 scorhill stone circle, dartmoor

This is probably my favorite shot of my recent trip to England, or well, at least one of them. :)  The walk to this place, while seeming wild and remote, is not very far - probably less than a mile to find it.  The wonderful thing about Dartmoor is that all you need to do is crest a hill and you feel as if you've left all civilization behind.

This stone circle is newer, built in the Bronze Age.  I quite like the fact that people were still making them :)  

This stone circle has the distinction that horses and ponies will not enter it nor cross through it.  We noticed no such evil presence when we visited. However, I will admit to getting no cell service anywhere in the area *except* the precise center of the circle.  My husband and I had quite a giggle about that, because it was absolutely true.  I told him it must be the fairies looking out for us. ;)

I read this old early 20th century quote from a novel about stone circles the character standing in Scorhill... and I really couldn't have said it better myself:

'These cryptic stones are my life. I want to get the secret of them or find at least a little of it. What are these lonely rings? Where are we standing now? In a place of worship, where men prayed to the thunder and the sun and stars? Or a council chamber? Or a court of justice that has seen many a doom pronounced, much red blood flow? Or is it a grave? I go on peeping and prying after a spark of truth. I probe here, and in the fallen circle yonder towards Cosdon; I follow the stone rows to Fernworthy; I trudge again and again to the Grey Wethers - that shattered double ring on Sittaford Tor. I eat them up with my eyes and re-people the heath with those who raised them. Some day a gleam of light may come. And if it does, it will reach me through deep study on those stone men of old.'

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No Trespassing

No Trespassing

West Kennet Long Barrow - revisited

West Kennet Long Barrow - revisited