Lakehead Hill Summit

View from east (Scale 1m).

View from east (Scale 1m).

Location

England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 64367 77656     Lat 50.582847   Long -3.9171778

 

Lakehead Summit plan

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.


Photographs

Lakehead east WPP1070441

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.

Lakehead east WPP1070444

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

Lakehead east WPP1070450

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

Lakehead east WPP1110504

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

Lakehead south WPP1070439

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

Lakehead west WPP1070434

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.Lakehead west WPP1070437

View from the north west.

Lakehead west WPP1110507

View from above and north west.

Lakehead west WPP1110508

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

Lakehead west WPP1110509

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

Lakehead west WPP1110510

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.

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