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045 Black Knowe Cairn, Dere Street, Hownam.

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This cairn is around 8.00m in diameter and has 5 large boulders on its circumference, one of which is now recumbent. A further 4 boulders lie in the immediate area and have presumably been removed from the cairn. It has been suggested that these may have formed an outer circle although this has not been proven. An possible standing stone lies 75m to the north east, across the dry stone dyke and is possibly another stone which formed part of the perimeter of the cairn.

This site is best reached by following Dere Street, the Roman Road. Take the minor road running south from Hownam then head right for Oxnam. Dere Street is crossed at Pennymuir Forest, at the junction leading to Towford Outdoor Centre. On foot or by mountain bike, follow Dere Street north until Black Knowe is reached. The cairn can be seen just to the left of the track. Note that parts of the route are very wet and boggy and sturdy footwear is recommended.

On verge beside Pennymuir Forest.

The stones at this cairn are quite large in size and this would have been quite a substantial cairn in its time, however, most of the smaller stones have vanished, probably now to be found in the dry stone walls in the location. The standing stone across the wall is probably connected with this cairn.

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Quick Info
Type: Cairn
Nearest Town: Jedburgh
Nearest Village: Hownam
Landranger Sheet 80
O.S. Outdoor Leisure 16
Grid Reference: NT 7506 1552
GPS Reference: BLKCRN

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Other Sites Nearby
037 Standing Stone, Black Knowe, Hownam.
038 Standing Stone, Chatto Craig, Hownam.

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