Thursday, 23 October 2014

Beardown Man, Dartmoor - Still Standing after 4000 Years

Bagged a few more tors yesterday, in the dregs of Hurricane Gonzalo.  I have to say, trudging up to Beardown Tors and Conies Down Tors in 50mph gusting head winds was less enjoyable than I imagined.  Scooped six tors in a 10 mile walk from Two Bridges.

Beardown Man stands next to Devil's Tor and is pretty remote.  It is the second tallest menhir on Dartmoor and was placed there in the Bronze Age, about 4000 years ago.  I have to say that he is splendid.  In profile the 3.5m standing stone looks almost head-like (depends what's in your hip-flask), but really, it's only called "man" from the Celtic word "maen" meaning stone.  Either way, I felt obliged to bid him good morning and farewell.  Strange really.

Beardown Man on Dartmoor - Bronze Age

This next shot shows that there was a bit of a breeze blowing:

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