Butterbrook 1

Pair of stones forming part of the stone alignment (Scale 1m).

A double stone row measuring 25.6m long, including at least 10 small and medium-sized stones situated immediately next to another stone row on a south facing valley slope. The row is orientated NNE to SSW, leads from a second row and there is a small cairn at the lower SSW end. Another way of looking at this site is that it forms part of a multiple row that shrinks to a single row somewhat reminiscent of the situation at Learable Hill 1.


England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 65166 59961     Lat 50.423916     Long -3.899557

Map showing the location of Butterbrook 1 stone row.

Simplified plan of the Butterbrook stone alignments. Row 1 shown red (Source: Butler, J., 1993 and GPS Survey by Sandy Gerrard).

Map showing the position of Butterbrook 1, other stone rows and sites. 


Type: Double Length: 25.6m
No. of stones: 10 Size of stones: Small and medium
Orientation: 28° Altitude: 290m
Upper end: Stone Row Lower end:  Cairn
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context: Stone alignment

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status: National Park
Scheduled Ancient Monument: No


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


This stone row is of Type D10. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


29th August 2019

Cairn at the SSW end of the row. View from south (Scale 1m).

Dense gorse makes it difficult to fully appreciate this row. Looking NNE along the row.

A pair of stones at the upper (NNE) end of the row. View from south (Scale 1m).

Looking SSE along the row.

The upper stones of the row on the right and a stone forming part of row 2 stands to the left of the ranging rod. View from east (Scale 1m).

Access Information

Car parking is available at SX 64338 59550. Follow the bridleway heading east for 850m. The row is a short distance to the north of the bridleway.

Nearest Neighbour

Butterbrook 2 (1m)

Nearby Rows

Butterdon, East (1022m)

Butterdon Hill (411m)

 Glasscombe Ball (729m)

 Glasscombe Corner (1132m)

 Piles Hill (1133m)

 Spurrell’s Cross (690m)

Online Resources

Megalithic Portal     PastScape     Historic Environment Record

Prehistoric Monuments of Dartmoor     Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks

Other References

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. 215.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities – Vol. 4 – The South-East, Devon Books Exeter, pgs. 31-32.


VISITED:- 25th April 2013 and 29th August 2019

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 15th January 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 22nd November 2020

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