Fernworthy 3 (SW)

Southern end of the double alignment. View from north. Copyright: Alan Simkins.

A double stone row measuring 31m long, including at least 15 mainly small and some medium-sized stones forming part of a cluster of three stone rows, a stone circle and five cairns. This row is situated in a forestry clearing on a terrace, is orientated north to south and leads south from a small cairn.


England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 65479 84105     Lat 50.64100229   Long -3.90388264

Map showing the location of Fernworthy 3 (SW) stone row.

Simplified plan of Fernworthy stone alignments (Source: Google Earth and Butler, J., 1991, 163). 

Map showing the position of Fernworthy 3, other stone rows and sites. 


Type: Double Length: 31m
No. of stones: 15 Size of stones: Medium and small
Orientation: 7° Altitude: 395m
Upper end: Cairn Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: No
Context:  Stone alignments, stone circle and cairns

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


View from north west (Scale 1m).

Looking south along the alignment (Scale 1m).

View from south (Scale 1m). Stone circle visible beyond.

Many of the stones barely protrude above the surface. Inevitably some will survive below the ground. Tiny stones are a feature of many rows  (Scale 1m).

View from the south highlighting some of the tiny stones (Scale 1m).

Access Information

Car parking is available at SX 65948 83908. From here head west on the forestry track to SX 65477 84039. In the clearing on your right are a stone circle, cairns and two stone rows. Fernworthy 2 is situated in this clearing to the south of the stone circle.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     PastScape     Historic Environment Record

Prehistoric Monuments of Dartmoor     Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks

Archaeology of Fernworthy Forest (pg13)

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., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities – Vol. 2 – The North, Devon Books Exeter, pgs.162-165.


VISITED:- 28th April 2013 

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 24th January 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 22nd November 2020

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