The start of a good spell of weather meant kit up and get out for a long-ish one. It's been a few months since I had a run up to Cut Hill and a good opportunity to get a few shots on the way for a talk I'm giving on aircraft crash sites on the moor.
Starting from Postbridge, down Drift Lane and up onto Broad Down. From there it was over to the crash site below Flat Tor, stopping to have a good look at this hut circle/shelter on the way. If it's a hut circle it's unusual in being remote from any others and if it's a shelter it's a bit on the small round side. It could also be a cache or tool store for use by tinners or peat cutters. Either way it's not recorded on the OS.
A swoopy downhill and a bit of bog-trotting brought us to the crash site. The remains of the Sea Vixen which crashed here in 1965 can still be seen round the edges of the pool (not marked on the OS either.)
A bit more bog-trotting and a sort-of uphill and we were at the top of Cut Hill. Close by is a recumbent stone row, now thought to be Neolithic which was officially investigated by Tom Greeves in 2004. It has almost certainly been recognised as such for many years before this since being exposed by human activity and natural erosion around the start of the last century.
Radio-carbon dating of the peat under the stones suggests a date of 3500BC which would imply that the stones have been recumbent for this long and that, as only one of the stones showed evidence of a hole with packing stones, they may never have been upright. Let's hope that they aren't subjected to the 'restoration' which has compromised so many other Dartmoor 'antiquities'.
Back to the car at Postbridge two and a half hours later feeling much better for the leg-stretch.