Sharpitor, North West 1

View from south (Scale 1m).

A double stone row measuring 113m long, including at least 45 mainly small with some medium and large-sized stones situated on both sides of a ridge. The row is orientated ENE to WSW and has a sea view reveal and visual links to the landscape.  There is a small cairn at the upper (WSW) end and a blocking stone at the lower (ENE) end. The row stands near three other rows, several cairns, prehistoric settlement, fields and reaves.


England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 55665 70617     Lat 50.517496   Long -4.037282

Map showing the location of Sharpitor, North West 1

Plan of the Sharpitor NW stone alignments (Source: Survey at 1:500 by Sandy Gerrard).

Map showing the position of Sharpitor NW1, other stone rows and sites. 


Type: Double Length: 113m
No. of stones: 45 Size of stones: Small, medium and large
Orientation: 64° Altitude: 368m
Upper end: Cairn Lower end: Blocking stone
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  Stone alignment and cairn

Other Information

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


Category: Plausible. Despite the mangled state of this row no doubts have been expressed regarding its prehistoric interpretation.


This stone row is of Type D12. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


At the western end of the row is a small round cairn. View from south west (Scale 1m).

Looking westward along the row towards the small cairn at the western end. 

The stone row is very fragmentary. View from west (Scale 1m).

The stone row approaching the blocking stone at the eastern end.

Blocking stone (behind ranging rod) at the eastern end of the row. View from above and west (Scale 1m).

View from east highlighting the position of the Sharpitor NW 1.

Access Information

This is a very accessible stone row. Car parking is available adjacent to the row at SX 55678 70644.

Nearest Neighbour

Sharpitor NW2 (3m)

Nearby Rows

Sharpitor, NE (391m)

Sharpitor, West (614m)

Leeden Tor (1.1km)

Black Tor, Stanlake (1.4km)

Hart Tor, South (2.1km)

Hart Tor, North (2.1km)

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     PastScape     Historic Environment Record

Prehistoric Monuments of Dartmoor     Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks     Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks 

Sea Views

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. 44-45.


VISITED:- 29th April 2013 and 13th May 2015

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 24th January 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 22nd November 2020

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