Winsford Hill and Caratacus Stone

Winsford HilWinsford Hill is a heath-covered common, managed by the National Trust. The three Bronze Age Wambarrows mark the highest point, with good views to Dunkery, Dartmoor and the Blackdown Hills.  It is a popular place to see the pure-bred Exmoor ponies of the well-known Anchor herd.

 

The common can be easily found from the centre of Winsford by taking the lane to the right of the Royal Oak Inn.

 

Caractacus StoneAt Spire Cross there is a standing stone is inscribed ‘Caratacus Nepus’, which means a relative of Caratacus, possibly the British leader who resisted the Roman invasion. However, the stone appears to have been inscribed centuries after his death. It once lay broken but now has a small shelter to protect it.

 

It is thought that the stone dates from the 6th Century and was probably erected as a memorial to a person who claimed the first-century British Chieftain Caratacus as an ancestor.