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HER Number:MDV4948
Name:ROUTE MARKER NON SPECIFIC in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest


This guide stone marks an old route over the moor from tavistock to ashburton. It is inscribed with a letter t. On one face and with a letter a. On the opposite face. It was erected to mark the route in 1699.


Grid Reference:SX 576 734
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/74

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ROUTE MARKER NON SPECIFIC (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Prowse, D. C. + Worth, R. H., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV163416.

Five guide stones to the east of yellowmead farm can be identified, with a sixth which has fallen and is in doubt until it can be excavated. Of the five positively identified, the easternmost is the only one standing - about 1.7m above ground and 280mm by 380mm (prowse + worth).

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV24.

Vis=12/2/1980 (os) in addition to the 13 stones recorded by worth a further stone has been found by t. Greeves near merrivale bridge. Of those located during investigation, all but one are wedge split tapering granite posts, varying from 1.5m to 1.7m high and approximately 0.2m by 0.3m in section. Only 'd' is an uncut moorland slab. Those stones which are uprooted are undamaged, 2.2m long and lie with their former buried ends against the packing stones.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV275881.

This guide stone marks an old route over the moor from tavistock to ashburton. It is inscribed with a letter t. On one face and with a letter a. On the opposite face. It was erected to mark the route in 1699.

I,J,K,L ARE ALL FALLEN, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV275884.

Vis=23/8/1950 (os) twelve stones visible. A: sx55667473, b: sx55777467, c: sx55947460, d: (fallen)sx56307450, e: sx56397441, f: not visible, g: sx56657403, h: sx56657403, i: sx56877390, j: sx57097385, k: sx57247379, l: sx57427365.(i,j,k,l are all fallen).

NMR, CITING WORTH, 1967, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV275885.

Donne's map of 1765 shows a track delineated by guide stones which starts e of merrivale bridge, passes to the n of south hessary tor, to the n of fox tor mire, and by way of hexworthy and cumsdon rock, goes to holne and ashburton. The marking may have been done in 1699-1700 when plymouth corporation paid 3 pounds sterling towards defraying expenses of erecting moorstones along the plymouth to exeter route. Six stones were known to exist in 1911 in the merrivale-yellowmead area since when a further 7 stones have been found. One, 200yds e of the last shown, is in doubt and requires excavation. In the e part of the route 2 stones are in use as gateposts at swincombe and one was taken to lowery during the napoleonic wars (nmr, citing worth, 1967).

NMR, CITING OS, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV275887.

This route is rarely visible as short lengths of parallel hollow ways; for most part the pony track is undefined. Details of the stones are as follows:-a: sx55357505; c: sx55787469; and d: sx55927465; all free standing. E: sx56307450; fallen. F: sx56397440; free sanding. G: sx56527425; now missing but was probably at one time re-used as a gatepost as in 'h' at sx56657403. J: sx56787392; free standing. K: sx56967390; uprooted. L: sx57097388 approximately. Not found but unlikely to have been destroyed; probably overgrown. M: sx57237378; uprooted. N: sx54427364 approximately. Not found. P: sx54607351; free standing. No time was spent searching for worth's doubtful stone to the e of this last (nmr, citing os).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV275888.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV275889.

Worth, r. H. /tda/62(1930)32-33/proceedings at the annual meeting.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV275890.

Prowse, d. C. + worth, r. H. /tda/66(1934)319,320/on some guide stones standing on the course of the old track from tavistock to ashburton.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV275891.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV275892.

Des=os 6"(1906)106ne.

WORTH, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV6808.

Vis=23/8/1950 (os) still in situ. The directing stones were placed at intervals of about 200m and extend from near the eastern end of the stone rows on longash common eastward into the valley of the meavy. The stones date from the end of the 17th century and replaced earlier stone crosses (worth).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV163416Migrated Record: Prowse, D. C. + Worth, R. H..
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. OSA. Card Index.
SDV275881Migrated Record:
SDV275884Report - Survey: I,J,K,L ARE ALL FALLEN.
SDV275885Migrated Record: NMR, CITING WORTH, 1967.
SDV275887Migrated Record: NMR, CITING OS.
SDV275888Migrated Record:
SDV275889Migrated Record:
SDV275890Migrated Record:
SDV275891Migrated Record:
SDV275892Migrated Record:
SDV6808Migrated Record: WORTH.

Associated Monuments

MDV16573Related to: Ashburton to Tavistock routemarker (Monument)
MDV54463Related to: Tavistock to Ashburton pack-horse track (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 16 2021 2:26PM