Lakehead Hill Summit

View from east (Scale 1m).

A single stone row measuring 19.9m long, including at least 12 small and medium-sized stones situated on a prominent ridge. The row is orientated east to west and stands close to another row and several cairns. Two small stones next to the eastern stones may indicate that this was either originally a double row or possibly a combination of the two types. The row is seemingly aligned on Longaford Tor.

Location

England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 64367 77656     Lat 50.582847   Long -3.9171778

Map showing the location of Lakehead Hill Summit stone row.

Plan of Lakehead Hill Summit stone alignment (After Butler, 1991, 50).

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 19.9m
No. of stones: 12 Size of stones: Small and medium
Orientation: 92° Altitude: 420m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: Yes?
Context:  Stone alignment and cairns
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.


Typology

This stone row is of Type S4. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


Photographs

This row is composed mainly of small stones. A small group of people could have erected in a few hours. View from the south east.

Despite being relatively short the row is far from straight but seems to focused on Longaford Tor on the horizon.

Looking west along the row. The visual focus of the row seems to be the distant Longaford Tor.

View from above and the east. The sinuous character of the row is clearly discernible. 

The row is composed mainly of tiny stones. It is remarkable that they have survived.

Looking eastward along the row. The westernmost stone is set across the orientation of the row which indicates that this is likely to have been the original terminal.

View from the north west.

View from above and north west.

Looking eastward along the row. Its sinuous character is obvious. 

View from above and south west. Despite its short length no attempt has been made to make it straight.

Looking down on the row. View from west.

Access Information

Car parking is available at SX 64611 78719. From here enter the forest via a kissing gate and head south uphill along the forest track to SX 64632 77600. Turn right and follow the footpath. After 100m you will reach the Lakehead Hill, East row. After visiting this row cross the western stile and walk for about 100m north west.


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., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities – Vol. 2 – The North, Devon Books Exeter, pgs.48-51.


Timeline

VISITED:- 14th April 2013 and 6th July 2016

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 24th January 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 18th March 2019

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