This magnificent stone circle is the first that we ever shot serious footage at for ‘Standing with Stones’. Sadly though, Scorhill does not appear in the final film. Why? Well, Rupert and I first shot ‘serious footage’ for Standing with Stones way back in 2001 – and then we were not filming for the DVD as we know it, we were filming for the original 10 minute pilot film that we conceived as a try-out for a broadcast series. You can see the pilot in the ‘Extras’ section on the DVD. Since filming there though, we discovered that the owner of the part of Dartmoor on which Scorhill stone circle stands is particularly touchy about people visiting the site, let alone photographing or filming it. As the land owner lives in estate right next to the walk up to the site, we thought it best not to push our luck when it came to making the DVD and therefore removed it from our plans.
However, if you click on the image below you will be treated to the opening sequence from the 2001 pilot – all shot at Scorhill stone circle.
Dartmoor, 20th June, 2006
Filming the stone rows on Shovel Down in the East of Dartmoor.
If you follow that line of trees in the background heading right to left you will experience one of the most rewarding megalithic walks that Dartmoor has to offer. Eventually you will come to a rushing stream with tumbledown rocks which you can negotiate by crossing via a wonderfully picturesque clapper bridge. Then, a couple of hundred yards further on is the stone circle known as Scorhill.
Unfortunately Scorhill did not make it into the film although it did feature heavily in the ten minute pilot film we made on Dartmoor in 2001.