Merrivale Prehistoric Settlement

General View of Merrivale stones

Free Entry

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours

Address:

Merrivale, Princetown, Yelverton, Devon, PL20 6ST

Before You Go

Dartmoor is rich in prehistoric remains, and the group of monuments at Merrivale is one of the finest on the moor. Side by side here are the remains of a Bronze Age settlement and a complex of ritual sites, including three stone rows, a stone circle, standing stones and a number of cairns – earth mounds associated with burials. The monuments were probably built over a long period, between about 2500 BC and 1000 BC.

Managed by the Dartmoor National Park Authority.

Read more about the history of Merrivale Prehistoric Settlement.

Before You Go

Access: The site is located in the middle of the moor, parts of which are uneven. Dartmoor is known for its changeable weather conditions so come prepared as the site is remote and very exposed.

Parking: There is limited parking at the Four Winds car park, off the B3357. The settlement is a five minute walk from the car park.

Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.

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Plan a Great Day Out

This is a great place to enjoy a picnic in atmospheric surroundings. This extensive site has several features. In addition to the stone rows and burial cairns, a stone circle and standing stones are clearly visible. There are also numerous hut circles adjacent to the road.

Complete a tour of more historic sites within the National Park by taking in Grimspound, another Bronze Age settlement, and Hound Tor Deserted Medieval Village.

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