Notable places of interest in Tavistock and the surrounding areas.

Merrivale Rows


Bronze Age Stone Rows, Cist, Cairns and Cairn Circle

Just outside of Tavistock You will find one of the best bronze age stone rows on Dartmoor, south and north row, made up of stone rows, stone circles, cairns, cists and standing stones.

Dartmoor has the largest concentrations of stone rows of any area in Britain and the Merrivale Stone Rows have a few people refer to these stones as stone avenues or ritual causeways but the stones narrow to as little as 0.2m which is too narrow for a ritual causeway. (more…)

January 17, 2016 |

Tavistock Canal


The Tavistock Canal was constructed early in the 19th century to link the town of Tavistock to Morwellham Quay on the River Tamar some 5 miles, about 15 minutes away from Tavistock.
The canal was opened on the 24th June 1817 and was constructed to carry copper ore from the mines at the Wheal Friendship and the Wheal Crowndale mine, and later from Wheal Crebor all close to Tavistock.

The port at Morwelham was able to take in ships up to 200 tons and was located on the tidal river Tamar some 23 miles inland!

The canal today can be walked along from Tavistock past Tavistock School and along till you reach the closed off pint that enters into the tunnel, a walk of about 3 miles. (more…)

January 17, 2016 |
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