Drizzlecombe 1

South western end of the alignment. View from the east (Scale 1m).

A combination single and double stone row measuring 149.5m long, including at least 86 mainly medium-sized stones together with some small and large stones situated on a south west facing slope. The row is orientated north east to south west, there is a cairn at the upper (NE) end and a tall pillar at the other. The row, partly restored in 1893, stands near two other rows, several cairns and prehistoric settlements.


England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 59161 66949     Lat 50.48538   Long -3.9866115

Map showing the location of Drizzlecombe 1 stone row.

Simplified plan of Drizzlecombe stone alignments (Source: Google Earth and Butler, J., 1994, 136). 


Type:  Single and double Length: 149.5m
No. of stones: 86 Size of stones: Small,medium and large.
Orientation: 49° Altitude: 327m
Upper end: Cairn Lower end: Pillar
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  Cairns, stone alignments and prehistoric settlements

Other Information

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.


This stone row is of Type C12. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


View from west. The large pillar on the right represents the lower (SW) end of the row.

The large pillar at the lower (SW) end of the row.

Stone row leading away from the terminal pillar. View from south west (Scale 1m).

This row is unusual in that it is partly single and partly double. View from south west.

The south western length of the row consists of a single line of stones. View from north east (Scale 1m).

The lower (SW) length of the row. View from north (Scale 1m).

The stone size and shape varies considerably but most are medium or small in size. View from south east (Scale 1m).

Some stones are so small they barely protrude through the surface. View from south east (Scale 1m).

The central part of the row is composed of two lines of stones. Rows including single and double lines of stones are very rare. View from north east (Scale 1m).

Looking south west along the row.

The alignment leads from a cairn at the top to the large pillar at the bottom. View from the north.

Access Information

Car parking is available at SX 57887 67306. The row is about 1400m ESE of the car park across open moorland.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     PastScape     Historic Environment Record

Prehistoric Monuments of Dartmoor     Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks     Sea Views

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., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities – Vol. 3 – The South-West, Devon Books Exeter, pgs. 135-137.


VISITED:- 7th April 2013 

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 24th January 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 24th January 2018

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