Colvannick Tor (Cardinham Moor)

View from north.  Copyright: Mark Camp

A single stone row measuring 380m long, including at least 11 widely-spaced large-sized stones situated along a ridge. The row is orientated north west to south east and has sea view reveals and visual links to the landscape.  The row was partly restored in 2015 and whilst excavation recovered no dating evidence it was possible to demonstrate that one of the orthostats had been raised without a discernible socket hole. The row stands near another row and several cairns.


England     Cornwall     Bodmin Moor     SX 12826 71867     Lat 50.516593   Long -4.6415781

Map showing the location of Colvannick Tor (Cardinham Moor)

Simplified plan of the Colvannick Tor stone alignment (Source: Johnson, N. and Rose, P., 1994, 32).


Type: Single Length: 380m
No. of stones: 11 Size of stones: Only large
Orientation: 135° Altitude: 254m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  Prehistoric settlements and cairns
Notes:  Also known as Cardinham Moor

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status: AONB
Scheduled Ancient Monument: No


Category: Plausible. No doubts have been expressed regarding the prehistoric interpretation of this row.


This stone row is of Type S11. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.

Individual Stones

Simplified plan of the Colvannick Tor stone alignment showing the position of the individual stones (Source: Johnson, N. and Rose, P., 1994, 32).

Stone 1. View from south east (Scale 1m). Row and sea view to north coast beyond (enhanced).

Stone 2 . View from south (Scale 1m). Stones 3 and 4 beyond.

Stone 3. View from south east (Scale 1m).

Stone 4. View from south east.

Stone 5. View from east (Scale 1m).

Stone 6. View from east (Scale 1m).

Stone 7. View from south east (Scale 1m).

Stone 8. View from southeast (Scale 1m).

Stone 9. View from east. Until recently this stone lay recumbent. No socket hole was found during archaeological excavations in the vicinity. A fresh socket was created during the reconstruction process. This discovery implies that even large stones were erected in the prehistoric period without the need to dig a hole that pentrated the subsoil.

Stone 10. View from south east (Scale 1m). Stone 11 in the background.

Stone 11. View from east (Scale 1m). This is the uppermost surviving stone. A further stone to the north recorded by Johnson and Rose is no longer visible.


The stone row at Colvannick is far from straight.  View from south.

The stone row like so many of the longer ones is sinuous in form.

Annotated photograph illustrating the sinuous character of the stone row.

Looking north along the row. View from Stone 1.

A significant shift in orientation between stones 5 and 6. View from the south.

Access Information

Car parking is available at SX 13235 72552. From here walk south across the moorland to the row.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     PastScape     Historic Environment Record

Other References

Attwell, D. and Gossip, J., Cardinham Moor, Cardinham, Cornwall Project Report for Historical and Archaeological Feature Protection Grant (HLS) for Cardinham & Rifle Range Commons LTD, 2015.

Burl, A., 1993, From Carnac to Callanish – The prehistoric rows and avenues of Britain, Ireland and Brittany, Yale University Press, New York and London, pg. 214.

Johnson, N. and Rose, P., 1994, Bodmin Moor – An archaeological survey Volume 1: The human landscape to c 1800, English Heritage and RCHME, pg. 32.


VISITED:- 25th June 2017 and 26th June 2017

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 29th January 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 25th March 2019


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