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Doll Tor - Derbyshire, England
Stone Circle
National Grid Reference: SK 238 628

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How To Get There

From Bakewell follow the A6 southeast, following the signs to Haddon Hall. Just after you pass the car park for Haddon Hall turn right on to the B5056. About a mile along here take a left fork and follow this road until you see a sign for Birchover. Pass through the village and take a sharp left near the quarry. You should now be on a road to the west of Stanton Moor, park here. In a field to the west you should be able to see the Andle or Oundle stone, a large natural outcrop. Walk towards this and then through the gap in the field boundary just beyond. Carry on down the hill to a gate leading to a wood. The circle is at the edge of the wood.

A visit to this circle fits in nicely with a trip around Stanton Moor (see Nine Ladies), a look at Nine Stones Close and maybe even a look at the Rowter Stones in Birchover and a pint at the Druid Inn. I can certainly recommend visiting Doll Tor when the sun is filtering through the trees as it was when I took these photographs. The place is so tranquil and the circle is a lovely little example of the art.

"Little" is the word in point here. The six standing stones conform to the Derbyshire pattern of being 2 to 3 feet tall and I measured the circle at just 15 feet across. But what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in charm. The circle dates back to the Bronze Age and has the remains of a cairn adjoining with it. The site has been reconstructed recently after "person or persons" unknown had a go at the job for themselves and got it wrong.

Nearby Sites

Nine Ladies
Nine Stones Close

Related Sites

Notes

Bronze Age :-

The label used to describe the period of prehistory between around 2000 BC and 700 BC, named in this way due to the emergence of bronze smelting and working skills. Bronze is an alloy of copper and tin. The Bronze Age falls between the Neolithic and the Iron Age, and like all labels of this kind must be treated as a rough guide only. The periods tend to cross over; bronze implements will have been in use in some areas during the latter stages of the Neolithic and vice versa.

 

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