Hingston Hill

Stone alignment curving towards a particularly impressive kerbed cairn. View from north east.

An impressive single stone row measuring 351m long, originally including around 174 mainly medium and small-sized stones together with some large orthostats situated in a slight col between high ground to the south west and north east. The row is orientated ENE to WSW and has a sea view reveal and visual links to the landscape.  There is a cairn at the upper (WSW) end and a tall pillar at the other. The row stands near a circular enclosure, several cairns, cists, prehistoric settlements and reaves.

Location

England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 58697 69267     Lat 50.506101   Long -3.9940245

Map showing the location of Hingston Hill stone row.

Simplified plan of Hingston Hill stone alignment. (Source: Butler, J., 1994).

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 351m
No. of stones: 157 Size of stones: Small, medium and large
Orientation: 70° Altitude: 367m
Upper end: Cairn Lower end: Pillar
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  Cairns, enclosure, reave and prehistoric settlement
Notes:

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status: National Park
Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes

Identification

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


Photographs

Kerbed cairn at the upper end of the alignment. View from west (Scale 1m).

Kerbed cairn and alignment. View from south west.

Looking along the row. View from the south west.

Stone alignment leading towards the kerbed cairn. View from the east (Scale 1m).

Looking north east along the row (Scale 1m).

Large boulders in the vicinity of the alignment were not used in its construction. View from west.

The alignment approaching the kerbed cairn. Another cairn is visible on the skyline. View from east (Scale 1m). 

The alignment, in common with all long rows is sinuous in form. A precise straight line was clearly not needed. View from north east (Scale 1m).

This short length of the row has been mutilated by tinworking activity. View from south west (Scale 1m).

Various shifts in the orientation of the alignment are clearly visible. View from north east. 

The size and shape of the stones varies considerably. Along this length the stones are mainly small or medium sized. View from south (Scale 1m).

In this part of the row tiny stones are present. Considerable variety in stone size is a feature of most long rows. View from south west (Scale 1m).

A mixture of large and small stones. View from south (Scale 1m).

Looking south west along the row towards the kerbed cairn. The subtle shifts in orientation are clearly apparent.

The curving and sinuous character of the alignment is clearly discernible. View from north east.

The curving and sinuous character of the alignment is clearly discernible as is the considerable variety in stone size with three large orthostats being included along with much smaller stones. View from north east.

The north eastern end of the alignment is denoted by a substantial pillar.

Access Information

Car parking is available at SX 56873 69307. From here walk along the track towards Middleworth. At SX 57478 69041 head up the hill towards Down Tor.  Before reaching the top turn and walk east to the row. Well worth the effort.


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. 71-72.


Timeline

VISITED:- 16th April 2013 

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 24th January 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 31st January 2018

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