Merrivale 1

Eastern end of alignment, View from west (Scale 1m).


England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 55541 74809     Lat 50.555144   Long -4.0406587


Simplified plan showing the stone alignments at Merrivale (Source: Butler, Google Earth and fieldwork).


Type: Double Length: 183m
No. of stones: 169 Size of stones: Small, medium and large
Orientation: 85° Altitude: 346m
Upper end: Cairn Lower end: Blocking stone
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context: Stone alignments, cairns, cist, stone circle, standing stone, prehistoric settlement  and reave

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.


Blocking stone at the eastern end of the row. 


The row consists of a mixture of large, medium and small sized stones. View from north east (Scale 1m).

Looking west along the row (Scale 1m). Row 2 is visible in the background.

The eastern end of the row. The recumbent slabs that formed the kerb of a cairn are visible beyond the blocking stone.  View from above and west (Scale 1m).

Eastern end of the row. Row 2 is visible in the background. View from west (Scale 1m).

The eastern end of the row with Merrivale granite quarry in the background. View from south east.

Access Information

Car parking is available at SX 55313 75017 or SX 56050 74895. The row is a short walk away from either car park. It is worth having a look at the well preserved Bronze Age settlement a short distance to the north of the row.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     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., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities – Vol. 3 – The South-West, Devon Books Exeter, pgs. 23-26.

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