Remains, ancient and modern, on Hameldon

Hameldon cairn and trig point

This post relates to that larger part of the walk that I blogged part of here.  I set off walking below Grimspound and headed up to Hookney Tor.  The image above shows the cairn at Hameldon with the trig (triangulation) pillar beside it.  It is taken looking north and the edge of the northern part of Dartmoor can be seen in the distance.

Hookney Tor

Hookney Tor can be seen on the skyline in the image above.  Also of interest is the wooden pole in the image.  Hameldon is unusual on Dartmoor in having a relatively broad flat top to the ridge.  During the Second World War it was considered possible that invading troops might use gliders to land on such areas so the whole ridge was “staked” with these poles and a fair number remain.

Broad back of Hameldon

This shows the fact that Hameldon has a relatively broad flat crest to it.  While not distinct more stakes can be seen in the distance here too.

Kings barrow

Hameldon is an area with quite a range of Neolithic/early Bronze Age remains.  In addition to Grimspound there are a number of barrows (or tumuli) along the ridge.  The above barrow is King’s barrow.  These are generally where the remains of important people were interred during the late Neolithic period.

While the weather took a turn for the worse (it was a very cold day) the above are of Broad barrow which is roughly in the centre of Hameldon ridge.  One image is looking at the barrow the other is the marker stone within the barrow.

Hameldon cross

Walking back from Broad barrow towards Grimspound you pass close to Hameldon Cross which can be seen above.  The cross itself may well be very old but it is engraved with “1854” and was probably used as a boundary stone at that time.  The centre of the north moor is in the background.