Isle of Albion
A lesser known monument on the edge of Dartmoor.
Photographed: Saturday 2nd April 2005
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Yellowmead is not so much a stone circle as a collection of concentric stone rings augmented by a double stone row. The outer ring measures approximately 22 metres in diameter. It has 27 surviving stones, none of them over 1.3 metres in height. The inner rings decrease in size, each consisting of similarly diminutive stones. Before 1921, the site was in a ruinous state, but the rings were re-erected after a heath fire revealed them mired in the peat.

Yellowmead is as difficult to reach as it is to interpret. The initial journey will take you through some of the most beautiful parts of Dartmoor. You'll pass Burrator reservoir, which is worth a day trip itself; secluded and peaceful, surrounded by woodland.

The stones are slightly off the tourist trail. There's no direct footpath that leads to them, and much of the surrounding land is a marshy bog. Whilst not of the same magnitude as some of the dangerous mires of Dartmoor, it would certainly deter anyone who isn't determined to find the circles. As it was, we didn't encounter another soul once we'd set out across the moor - despite the fact that the car park was reasonably busy.

The backdrop is stunning, with fantastic Dartmoor scenery visible all around. Sheep's Tor notably dominates the view to the north-west.

Yellowmead is another of those wonderful Dartmoor sites where you can really get away from it all. The chances of being disturbed here are remote, and it's a pleasure to contemplate the stones and the surrounding landscape in peace and tranquillity.