North Devon Coast

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Clovelly Dykes

Clovelly Dykes

A large Iron Age hillfort with views across the coast, and possible later re-use. Ramparts (banks and ditches forming enclosed spaces) are numbered 1-5 from the middle outward. 

The linear banks on the east side of the B237 curve in a form which might suggest they are related to the hillfort. But are these banks part of the hillfort, or were they constructed in the medieval period or later, as field boundaries? Or perhaps they originated as part of the hillfort, and were later changed to be better for keeping livestock? This site raises many interesting questions.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Photo credit Adam Stanford