Merrivale 2

Merrivale 2 in the foreground and Merrivale 1 beyond. View from south east (Scale 1m).

Merrivale 2 in the foreground and Merrivale 1 beyond. View from south east.


England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 55567 74788     Lat 50.554959   Long -4.0402832


Merrivale Plan

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


Type: Double Length: 263.5m
No. of stones: 233 Size of stones: Small, medium and large
Orientation: 84° Altitude: 347m
Upper end: Blocking stone 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.


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Looking westward along Row 2. The impressive blocking stone is visible in the foreground.

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View from above and south east.

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View from above and east. Large cist cover visible in the upper left hand side of the photograph.

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View from above and west of the kerbed cairn built on top of the row. 

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View from above and south west of the kerbed cairn with cist.

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Kerbed cairn and stone row. View from the east.

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Looking east along the stone row.

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The eastern end of the stone row. View from west.

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Looking west along the row. The stones vary considerably in size.

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The large blocking stone at the eastern end of the row. View from 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. 23-27.

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