Lakehead, East stone row leading towards a large cist.

Dartmoor in the South West of England has the densest concentration of stone alignments in Great Britain. At least 86 stone alignments are currently known and most have survived to the present day. The character of the alignments varies considerably, but all consist of at least three stones aligned along a common axis. The remarkable survival of so many rows in a relatively small area is likely to be a result of later land use, but considerable antiquarian and later interest has almost certainly played a role. Most of the alignments have been surveyed and recorded by Jeremy Butler who has published this information in his extremely informative “Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities”. Other helpful work has been carried out by R.N. and R.H. Worth, D.D. Emmett, Bill Radcliffe and Dave Parks whilst the Royal Commission (now part of Historic England) and the local Historic Environment Records provide further information online at PastScape and the Heritage Gateway.

Map showing location of Dartmoor

Google Map showing the distribution of Dartmoor stone alignments.
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Dartmoor stone alignments at a glimpse

Simplified plans of the stone rows on Dartmoor

No. of alignments 84
Number of single alignments 40
Number of double alignments 39
Number of triple alignments 5
Number of multiple alignments 2
Maximum length 3386m
Minimum length 2.97m
Average length 212m
Longest row Upper Erme
Shortest row Merrivale 4
Total number of recorded stones 5405
Average number of stones in each row 65
Alignments including small stones 69
Alignments including medium stones 61
Alignments including large stones 34
Average orientation 76°
Average altitude 362m
Highest row Cut Hill (600m)
Lowest row Cantrell (230m)
Cairn at the top of alignment 52
Cairn at the bottom of alignment 11
Scheduled alignments 67

A summary of information for the individual stone alignments can be viewed by clicking on the site names below. Further information and commentary will be added in the future.  Whilst it is believed that the existing information is accurate, mistakes inevitably occur and should you spot any your help in improving this resource would be much appreciated. Your help will of course be fully acknowledged. Please use the contact button to get in touch.


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