Isle of Albion
First Photographed: Wednesday 2nd June 2004
Last Photographed: Monday 16th April 2007
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Scorhill is Dartmoor's finest stone circle. With a diameter of 27 metres, it's not the largest circle on the moor, but it does hold claim to the tallest megaliths.

Originally, it's believed the circle may have contained between 60 to 75 stones. Today, 34 stones survive and 25 of those remain standing. The largest of these stands in the north-west, rising to an impressive 2.5 metres.

Scorhill is how every stone circle ought to be - dramatic, secluded, magical, and surrounded on all sides by wilderness. When I visited, I followed the footpath from the parking place around the edge of the hill to the left. The OS map showed the river Teign following the contours at the base of the hill on the far side, so I broke away from the footpath and headed out over the moor until I found it. The river alone is worth the visit. It's easy to forget that such wild and remote landscapes still exist in Britain.

Following the bank of the river, I eventually caught sight of the stones above me to my right and proceeded to climb towards them. In my opinion, this is the best way to approach Scorhill, creating a real sense of pilgrimage.

The circle far surpassed my expectations. I don't feel that many photographs do it justice. I was expecting something unassuming and understated, but in reality, this is a strikingly dramatic stone circle with a commanding presence. For my money, one of the best in Britain.

While visiting Scorhill, I was blissfully undisturbed. Given that this was a sunny June day during half-term, I suspect that your chances of solitude here are quite high. I was able to sit in peace for a while, soaking up the splendour of the surrounding moorland, pondering the history of the stones and basking in the warm sunshine. If you want to forget the modern world for a while, this is a place to do it.