Stones forming part of the alignment. Corringdon Ball chambered cairn stands behind on the horizon. View from south west (Scale 1m).
A double stone row measuring 120m long, including at least 32 small and medium-sized stones situated on a south facing slope with a sea view reveal. The row is orientated north east to south west and there is a kerbed cairn at the upper north eastern end. A gap between the visible end of the row and kerbed cairn is probably the result of robbing. The row stands near a long cairn, three stone rows, several round cairns, prehistoric settlements and field systems.
|England Devon Dartmoor SX 66848 61345 Lat 50.436812 Long -3.8763352|
Map showing the location of Brent Fore Hill stone row.
Simplified plan of Brent Fore Hill stone alignment (Source: Butler, J., 1993).
|Type: Double||Length: 120m|
|No. of stones: 32||Size of stones: Small and medium|
|Orientation: 54°||Altitude: 316m|
|Upper end: Cairn||Lower end: –|
|Straight (Yes or No) : No||Sea View: Yes|
|Context: Cairns, stone alignments and chambered cairn|
|Public Access: Yes|
|Land Status: National Park|
|Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes|
Category: Plausible. No doubts have been expressed regarding the prehistoric interpretation of this row.
The Corringdon Ball chambered cairn is in a prominent sky line location along much of the row.
Looking along the row. View from the north (Scale 1m).
Looking north eastward up the row. The ranging rod stands in the gap between the rows (Scale 1m).
Simplified map highlighting those areas (blue) which are visible from the lower end of the row but are not visible from the top (red). Source Heywhatsthat.com
The viewshed (blue) from the bottom of the row is very limited compared to that from the top. Despite this a large number of cairns are located at the limit of visibility and indeed the cairns at Three Barrows which are visible from the bottom disappear as you walk up the row. Only the cairn at Sharp Tor and the stone alignment at Piles Hill are not visible from the bottom and these appear as you walk up the row. The cairns at Ugborough Beacon, Spurrell’s Cross, Glasscombe Ball are all at the limit of visibility along the row and the nearby Corringdon Ball chambered cairn is prominent throughout. The stone row has a number of clearly defined visual links with broadly contemporary archaeological remains in the vicinity and the way in which many are revealed whilst walking along the row is consistent with the finding from other rows. The consistency of this phenomenon strongly supports the idea that the rows were carefully placed within the landscape to specifically refer to other special places. The way in which these special places are revealed along the length of the row is particularly noteworthy and suggestive of deliberation.
Car parking is available at SX 68060 62906. Walk south along the public highway to SX 67931 62316. From here follow the footpath up the hill onto the open moorland.
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.
Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities – Vol. 4 – The South-East, Devon Books Exeter, pg. 94.
VISITED:- 9th June 2013
FIRST PUBLISHED:- 15th January 2016
LAST UPDATED:- 31st January 2018