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.
You can find out more by reading about the history of Merrivale Prehistoric Settlement and by downloading our audio guide, which is designed so you can listen to it whether you are at Merrivale or elsewhere.
Before You Go
Access: Dartmoor is known for its fast changing weather conditions so bear in mind that the site is remote and very exposed. Click here to view the Dartmoor National Park safety advice.
The site is located on open moor land and the terrain in and around it is naturally uneven, with slip and trip hazards throughout. There are also low lying partially buried stones. We advise you to check the weather conditions in advance of your visit, wear appropriate clothing and keep children under close supervision.
Parking: There is limited parking at the Four Winds car park, off the B3357. We advise you to lock your car and to keep valuables out of sight.
Dogs: Ponies and sheep graze freely on the moor so please keep your dogs on a lead.
Please be aware: English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.
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 further historic sites on Dartmoor by taking in Grimspound, another Bronze Age settlement, and Hound Tor Deserted Medieval Village. The vast Upper Plym valley contains more than 300 Bronze Age and medieval sites.