Wittaburrow, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Wittaburrow, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

In his excellent 'The Field Archaeology of Dartmoor', Phil Newman notes that 'the term 'barrow' may be defined as a mound of earth or stone, usually covering one or more inhumations or cremations. On Dartmoor, where the majority of these monuments are constructed mostly from stone, they are often described as 'cairns', particularly on OS maps, although several earth burrows also survive on the moors'.

Wittaburrow is a big cairn and a few small rocky outcrops on the edge of Blackslade Down just south east of Widecombe-in-the-Moor. It's marked Wittaburrow on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map and Whittaburrow on the Harvey British Mountain Map 'Dartmoor' map.

The cairn is situated between Buckland Beacon and Hameldown Beacon. From Wittaburrow, there are big views south to the barrows and cairns on Dartmoor's south plateau. The cairns on Cornwood Down are to the west. The South Devon coast and sea are visible to the south east. As is the case with all these barrows and cairns, Wittaburrow is highly visible.

We've positioned Wittaburrow on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location.

To visit, either wander across to Wittaburrow from the car parking area at Hemsworthy Gate via Top Tor or Pil Tor or follow the track from Cold East Cross via Blackslade Ford. Easy walking. Stunning views.