Shoveldown 5

Looking southward along the row (Scale 1m).


England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 66017 85840     Lat 50.65672104   Long -3.89690496


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.


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.

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.

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