Shoveldown 5

Looking southward along the row (Scale 1m).

A double stone row measuring 148m long, including at least 78 mainly small-sized stones, but with some medium-sized stones and one large orthostat forming part of a cluster of six stone rows, a stone circle and three cairns. This row is situated on a south facing slope, is orientated north to south and stands close to a later prehistoric settlement and within a coaxial field system.  The lower end of the row is denoted by a tall standing stone known as the Long Stone.


England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 66017 85840     Lat 50.65672104   Long -3.89690496

Map showing the location of Shoveldown 5 stone row.

Simplified plan of the Shoveldown stone alignments (Source: Butler, J., 1992, 179).


Type: Double Length: 148m
No. of stones: 78 Size of stones: Small, medium and large
Orientation: 178° Altitude: 423m
Upper end: – Lower end: Pillar
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  :  Stone alignments, stone circle, prehistoric settlements, field system and cairn.

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.


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


Looking south along the northern length of the row.

The north end of the row. View from the north.

Looking northward along the row.

The double row approaching the terminal pillar known as the Longstone. View from north.

The Longstone forms the end of Rows 5 and 6 on Shoveldown. View from south west.

Access Information

Car parking is available at SX 66205 86548. From here head SSW across open moorland to the stone rows.

Nearest Neighbour

Shoveldown 6 (2m)

Nearby Rows

Shoveldown 1 (5m)

Shoveldown 2 (190m)

Shoveldown 3 (202m)

Shoveldown 4 (66m)

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., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities – Vol. 2 – The North, Devon Books Exeter, pgs. 178-183.


VISITED:- 28th April 2013 and 5th July 2016

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 24th January 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 9th June 2020

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