The menhir on Laughter Tor is one of only 12 menhirs still standing on the open moor. It is one of the shortest menhirs on Dartmoor at a 2.4m, compared with the tallest at Drizzlecombe of 4.2m, and it is sited at an altitude of 393m, compared with the highest, Beardown Man which is at an altitude of 542m. The Dartmoor Menhirs were erected during the bronze age, which makes them approximately 4,500 years old.
Most of the Dartmoor Menhirs have other bronze age features associated with them and this one had 2 double stone rows. Several of these stones can be seen to the southeast of the menhir before the newtake wall. Others can be seen much further away in the same direction. Many were likely to have been used when the wall was built. It is not easy to see these stones as they are now hidden by the heather, gorse and bracken on the moor.
I would like to thank the Dartmoor National Park Authority for their kind permission to allow me to place this cache.