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Restrormel Castle

EMAS Study Tour: Devon & Cornwall

29 October to 3 November 2018


Monday, 29 October Coach pick up at Baker Street

Jordan Hill Roman Temple

The foundations of a Romano-Celtic temple which was probably built during the 4th century AD.

The remains lie at the top of a hill on the South Dorset Downs.

Whitchurch Canonicorum

The earliest parts of the Church of St Candida and Holy Cross date from the 12th century when it was rebuilt by Benedictine monks.

Major rebuilding work took place in the 13th century and in the 14th century the church's prominent tower was constructed.

A Saxon church stood on the site but nothing remains of that structure.

Overnight in Exeter

Tuesday, 30 October The Hurlers Stone Circle

Three fine late Neolithic or early Bronze Age stone circles arranged in a line, a grouping unique in England.

Hurlers Stone Circles are probably the best examples of ceremonial circles in the south west. According to legend, they are the remains of men petrified for playing hurling on a Sunday.

King Doniert's Stone

These two fragments, one of which is known as King Doniert’s Stone, are the only surviving examples of 9th century stone crosses in Cornwall. The inscription on King Doniert’s Stone, bearing the name of a Cornish king, is the only such cross to feature a character known also from documentary sources.

Restormel Castle

The great 13th-century circular shell-keep of Restormel still encloses the principal rooms of the castle in remarkably good condition.

It stands on an earlier Norman mound surrounded by a deep dry ditch, atop a high spur beside the River Fowey.

Trethevy Quoit

This is a particularly well preserved “portal dolmen”, a burial chamber from the late Neolithic period. It is one of the most impressive in Britain. This chamber tomb is dated from the Neolithic, and may have been built sometime in about 3500 BC.

Okehampton Castle

The remains of the largest castle in Devon, in a stunning setting on a wooded spur above the rushing River Okement. Begun soon after the Norman Conquest as a motte and bailey castle with a stone keep, it was converted into a sumptuous residence in the 14th century by Hugh Courtenay, Earl of Devon, much of whose work survives. After the last Courtenay owner fell foul of Henry VIII in 1538, it declined into an allegedly haunted ruin.

Wednesday, 31 October Grimspound Prehistoric settlement

The best known of many prehistoric settlements on Dartmoor, Grimspound dates from the late Bronze Age (about 1450–700 BC). The remains of 24 stone roundhouses survive here, within a massive boundary wall about 150 metres in diameter. There are great views of the site from Hookney Tor and the high ground on Hameldown.

Lydford Burh and Castle

The first castle in Lydford, sometimes termed the Norman fort, was a small ringwork built in a corner of the Anglo-Saxon fortified burh in the years after the Norman conquest of England. It was intended to help control Devon following the widespread revolt against Norman rule in 1068. The Norman fort had been abandoned by the middle of the 12th century.

Merrivale Prehistoric Settlement

The group of monuments at Merrivale is one of the finest on Dartmoor. Side by side here are the remains of a Bronze Age settlement and a complex of ritual sites, including three stone rows, a stone circle, standing stones and a number of cairns – earth mounds associated with burials. The monuments were probably built over a long period, between about 2500 BC and 1000 BC.

Thursday, 1 November Exeter Cathedral

Exeter Cathedral is considered the finest surviving example of Decorated Gothic, a form of architecture that flourished in England from 1270 to 1369. The Cathedrals of England calls it "the Decorated cathedral par excellence." Frommer's England agrees, adding that Exeter Cathedral is simply "one of the prettiest churches anywhere."

Exeter Castle

Exeter Castle was built into the northern corner of the Roman city walls starting in or shortly after the year 1068, following Exeter's rebellion against William the Conqueror. In 1136 it was besieged for three months by King Stephen. An outer bailey, of which little now remains, was added later in the 12th century.

Daws Castle, Watchet

The fort may be of Iron Age origin, but was (re)built and fortified as a burh by King Alfred, as part of his defense against Viking raids from the Bristol Channel around 878 AD. It would have been one of a chain of forts and coastal lookout posts, connected by the Herepath, or military road, which allowed Alfred to move his army along the coast, covering Viking movements at sea.

Cleeve Abbey

Cleeve Abbey occupies a unique status among British medieval monasteries. Nowhere else can you find so many of the original monastic buildings relatively unaltered and complete. The abbey remains include a gatehouse, cloister range, refectory with a superb angel roof, and a 'painted chamber' featuring medieval wall paintings. There is also the extensive remains of an earlier 13th-century refectory, with painted floor tiles sporting heraldic devices.

Voley Castle

Voley Castle is an Iron Age hill fort, situated close to Parracombe in Devon, England. The fort is situated on a promontory on the Eastern side of Heale Down, approximately 230 Metres above Sea Level.

Friday, 2 November Hound Tor DMV

The settlement consists of a cluster of 13th century stone longhouses – in which the family lived at one end and the animals at the other – on land that was originally farmed in the Bronze Age.

Hound Tor was probably deserted in the early 15th century.

Chysauster Iron Age Village

Chysauster Ancient Village is a late Iron Age and Romano-British village of courtyard houses in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The village included eight to ten houses, each with its own internal courtyard. To the south east is the remains of a fogou, an underground structure of uncertain function.


Castle-an-Dinas is one of the largest and most impressive hillforts in Cornwall, sited in an imposing position on the summit of Castle Downs with extensive and panoramic views across central Cornwall to both north and south coasts. It dates from around the second and third centuries BC and consists of three ditch and rampart concentric rings, 850 feet in diameter and standing 700 feet above sea level.

Saturday, 3 November Leave Exeter

Winterbourne Poor Lot Barrows

Forty four barrows located in this area located between Winterbourne Abbas, Kingstone Russell and Little Bredy. Near the A35 (south side) there are 20 bowl barrows, e.g. a superb ditched bowl barrow 40.3m diam. 3.7m high next to a disc barrow. Further barrows located up the hillside, and in field on the N side of the road.

Christchurch Priory

Christchurch Priory is an ecclesiastical parish and former priory church in Christchurch in the English county of Dorset (formerly in Hampshire). It is one of the longest parish churches in the country.

Arrive Baker Street


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