Merrivale 3

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

A single stone row measuring 60m long, including 13 small stones and one medium-sized stone situated on a gentle west facing slope with extensive views towards Bodmin Moor. The row is orientated NNE to SSW and the stone at the NNE end has been incorporated into a cairn suggesting that the cairn was added later. A restricted view of the sea may be of significance.  This row forms part of an impressive ritual complex including six stone rows, nine cairns and a stone circle. There is also a prehistoric settlement in the vicinity.


England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 55394 74761     Lat 50.554672   Long -4.0427079

Merrivale 3 stone row.

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.


This stone row is of Type S10. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


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.


VISITED:- 24th March 2013, 20th October 2014, 6th July 2016 and 5th July 2018

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 24th January 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 13th January 2020

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