Merrivale 3

Northern length of the alignment. View from the east (Scale 1m)


England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 55394 74761     Lat 50.554672   Long -4.0427079


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


Type: Single Length: 60m
No. of stones: 14 Size of stones: Small only
Orientation: 26° Altitude: 340m
Upper end: Cairn Lower end: Pillar
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  Stone alignments, cairns, cist, stone circle, standing stone, prehistoric settlement  and reave


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


View from above and south of Row 3. Rows 1 and 2 are visible in the background. The stones at the northern end of the row have been incorporated into a later cairn. This indicates that the row was earlier than the cairn.

View from the south showing the cairn and Row 3.

View from the south west (Scale 1m).

Looking across the row towards Row 2 in the background. View from south east (Scale 1m).

Other Information

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

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. 23-29.

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