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11 Sep

There is an extensive wall in the form of a two-limbed arc about 100 metres to the west of the circle that extends for about 330 metres.If markers were positioned along it at appropriate intervals then it would constitute a form of calendar, similar to that at Merrivale (see 25th February 2017).Site of the Medieval settlement of Middleworthy, first documented in 1281, now known as Middleworth, where in medieval times there were longhouses running up and down the slope.Details can be found from thw walk on 25th August 2017 .....Apparently, the Stonehenge monument aligns with the fully risen sun, not the first sight of its rim (Walker, page 88).Down Tor stone circle, looking west, towards Down Tor. View along the row from beyond the last "tall" stone in the row in a "north-easterly" direction .....South West Lakes Trust notice board just left of where the previous photograph was taken. Entrance to Middleworth Lane with the early morning sun low in the sky - note the 3-step stile in the wall on the right. A short walk up the lane reveals a "bay" in the wall on the right, at SX 56948 69228 - this photograph is taken looking back towards the car park ..... also looking back towards the car park, with the "bay" on the left and a field gateway on the right ..... view from inside one the old field, looking at the "bay".

Two tin prospecting pits lie immediately against the western edge of the kerb and form part of a wider group. When viewed from the centre of the circle (where there is a burial cist) it then sets over the smaller cairn at SX 58642 69315, north-west of the circle.The cairn with an encircling kerb, lies 4.0 metres west of the western end of the stone alignment.The mound measures 8.0 metres in diameter and 0.7 metres high and is surrounded by a kerb which includes 24 orthostats standing between 0.3 and 1.0 metres high, forming a ring with a diameter of 11.5 metres. Down Tor stone row, showing more detail of the ruined cist in the centre of the ring of stones ..... Solar alignments - NEED TO CHECK LOCATIONS BY GPS The monument and nearby features show alignments with the sun at mid-summer and mid-winter solstices.The stones along the central length of the alignment vary in height between 1.0 metres and 0.2 metres high.The large stone denoting the western end of the alignment and an unknown number of others were re-erected by Baring-Gould and Burnard in 1890.