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Doll Tor Stone Circle


Also occasionally known as the Six Stones.

Doll Tor,  is a small stone circle lying near Birchover, west of Stanton Moor in the Derbyshire Peak District. Dating from the Bronze Age, the circle consists of six standing stones, no more than a metre in height, with an adjoining cairn. The circle is approximately 6m by 4.5m in diameter with five stones of similar size and height, and one smaller wider one.

It is surrounded on three sides by trees, but there are good views to the west across the valley and hills beyond.

The site was excavated in 1852 by Thomas Bateman, and again from 1931 to 1933 by J. P. Heathcote. During this second excavation, three stones were smashed and later repaired with cement. In 1993, unknown visitors rearranged the stones to create a more complete but historically inaccurate circle. It was later restored to something close to its original appearance, two fallen stones being re-erected.

Located 275m from the road.

I have not yet visited this site.

See also

Our section on stone circles

The discussion on the purpose of stone circles

Planning Grid


Doll Tor Stone Circle, Near Matlock, Derbyshire

Grid Reference

SK238628      Landranger Map Number: 119

Map Link:


Google Maps aerial photo although you can zoom in a lot closer, circle is in woodland and its difficult to identify.

Getting there:

It is shown on OS map.

Near Andle stone (natural stone hilltop feature).

Keep the outcrop to your right and head downhill, through the gap in the wall and then towards the gate in the far left corner of the field. Go through the gate and keep the trees on your left and the wall on your right and you will come to the circle in the trees.


From the Birchover to Stanton-in-Peak road south of the A6, walk eastwards (on opposite side of the road from the footpath leading to the Nine Ladies) past a couple of copses to the south of the Andle Stone, and Doll Tor is within the next copse by a dry stone wall.


No public path is marked but this circle is visited often. Maintained by English Heritage.





Things To Do, See and Photograph:

Circle, views. Woodland

What to take:

You need a map and notes etc to find this site its not marked.

Nature highlights:


Best Times to Visit:

Have seen nice pictures in the snow and at other times.











Opening times:

No defined opening times



Photo Restrictions:

None known

Other Restrictions: None
Special Needs Access: Probably difficult.
Special Needs Facilities: None
Children Facilities: Be aware there are quarry remains in this area, with steep sides, although not near this circle.
Dogs Allowed: Unknown, suggest they are kept on a lead.

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Date Updated: 02/08

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