Drizzlecombe 3

Looking south westward along the alignment.

A single stone row measuring 149.5m long, including at least 73 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 59243 67071     Lat 50.4865   Long -3.9855071

Map showing the location of Drizzlecombe 3 stone row.

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


Type: Single Length: 149.5m
No. of stones: 73 Size of stones: Small,medium and large
Orientation: 51° Altitude: 338m
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 S12. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


A line of stones leading north east from the re-erected terminal pillar. View from south west (scale 1m).

Looking along the row. It is clear that this row is far from straight. View from south west (Scale 1m).

Whatever angle this row is viewed from it is clear that it is far from straight (Scale 1m).

Looking north east along the row.

The row is composed mainly of small stones arranged in a sinuous line. View from south west (scale 1m).

Looking south west along the row. Its sinuous character is clearly discernible.

Looking from the cairn at the top (NE) of the row. Many of the stones close to the row have either been removed or buried (Scale 1m).

Kerbed cairn in the foreground and row beyond. View from north east (Scale 1m).

The row leads from a kerbed cairn at its upper end to a tall pillar at its south western end (Scale 1m).

Landscape Comment

From the top of the row the summit of Sheeps Tor looks like a long cairn emerging out of the nearby rising ground.  As you walk along the row it shrinks into the ground before being swallowed up.  This sort of visual treat is likely to have been of interest to a people who constructed prominent cairns in skyline positions.  There is a similar visual link between Sheeps Tor and Ringmoor Down stone row. 

From the top of the row Sheeps Tor looks like a distant skyline long cairn.

Zoomed view of Sheeps Tor.

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. 135-139.


VISITED:- 7th April 2013 

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 24th January 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 14th October 2019

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