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“Free to visit, Great History, Excellent Walk” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Grimspound

Grimspound
Challacombe | Dartmoor, Plymouth, England
44 1822 890414
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Ranked #13 of 118 attractions in Plymouth
Type: Ancient Ruins
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Victoria, Canada
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“Free to visit, Great History, Excellent Walk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Grimspound is a Bronze Age settlement in the Moors from 1300 BC, on a clear day the views are stunning from this place and the surrounding areas. It is not easy but not too hard to find. If travelling from Plymouth head out of town on the A386, then take the B3212 at Yelverton. Keep on that road for a while and a few minutes after Postbridge keep your eye out for a turnoff road called Challacombe. Take a right on Challacombe and pull over to the side of the road after about 1 km. There are no sign posts for the site but there are usually other visitors parked there. Failing this, the site exists between two hills (called Tors) named Hookney Tor and Hambledown Tor (marked on most Dartmoor maps). Walking up to the settlement one gets the sense of thousands of years of human habitation and use. It doesn't look too far from the road but it is a steeper hike than you think with smaller children but it is a magical place to sit and have a picnic on a nice day. Remember when driving out on the Moors that livestock roam free, cattle, sheep and wild Horses, do not touch or feed the animals. Also, the Moors are known for being foggy especially in the early hours of the day, this fog can be quite dense and take caution while driving under such conditions, better to plan an afternoon visit when it has burned off.

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Kendal, United Kingdom
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“One and a half millennia of history under your feet!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Grimspound is the distinctive remains of a late Bronze Age settlement, believed to be first occupied about 1300 BC. It is now a free-to-visit English Herritage site, consisting consisting of 24 hut circles surrounded by a low stone wall.

I have known several Gold level Duke of Edinburghs award teams in my charge visit here and study it it as part of their venture, so it was about time I played the location a visit myself. Even in the poor winter weather the location was easy to find, a mere stroll away from Bennett’s Cross on the B3212.

If you choose to visit, treat it with the respect it deserves. Do some research on it before hand (there is plenty on the internet) and have an appreciation of what you are looking at. It has been there fore one and a half millennia, and will be there long after you are gone!

Visited January 2013
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Bridport, United Kingdom
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“Christmas Day Walk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Good morning's walk from The Warren, plenty of antiquities, and a warming drink at the end. Not much to dislike though the following day's weather would have made the walk impossible.

Visited December 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Fascinating site with amazing views...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Stop in the little layby at the bottom of the hill and walk up to the site of this old village. Not too strenuous and well worth the walk! Stop for a picnic and enjoy the amazing views over Dartmoor - you really are in the middle of nowhere here. Keep going up the hill and you are rewarded with a great view of the circular village from above too.

Visited September 2012
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Shaldon, United Kingdom
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“Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012 via mobile

Bronze Age settlement. Very interesting and located amidst some stunning scenery. Try to include in one of the many walks in the area.

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