Cairn and stone row at Yardworthy. View from north west (Scale 1m). Ranging rod denotes solitary stone in eastern row.
|England Devon Dartmoor SX 6760 8439 Lat 50.64409485 Long -3.87392932|
Plan of Yardworthy stone row. From an orginal survey at 1:100 by Sandy Gerrard, Janet Daynes and Gordon Fisher. At the time of the survey only four stones were visible.
|Type: Double||Length: 9m|
|No. of stones: 5||Size of stones: Small only|
|Orientation: 33°||Altitude: 356m|
|Upper end: Cairn||Lower end: –|
|Straight (Yes or No) :||Sea View: No|
|Public Access: Yes|
|Land Status: National Park|
|Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes|
Category: Plausible. Despite the ephemeral character of the row, no doubts have been expressed regarding the prehistoric interpretation of this row.
Individual Stone Details
Plan of the Yardworthy stone row showing the position of the individual numbered stones.
0.26m long by 0.13m wide and 0.04m high. Orientation 210°.
0.23m long by 0.04m wide and 0.02m high. Orientation 223°.
0.17m long by 0.12m wide and 0.01m high. Orientation 222°.
0.19m long by 0.10m and 0.09m high. Orientation 215°.
View from south west. Cairn in the foreground and row beyond. The ranging rod (1m) denotes the solitary stone in the eastern row.
View from north east. The position of the stones highlighted (Scale 1m).
Visibility at the time of the field visit (21.01.2017) was limited, but despite this a significant landscape reveal was identified. From the cairn the distinctive Thirlstone at SX 62906 86868 is clearly visible framed by nearby Thornworthy Down. As you walk along the 9m long row the Thirlstone slowly disappears behind Thornworthy Down and at the northern end only the tip can is discernible. Two more metres and the Thirlstone diappears entirely from sight. This might indicate that the row was originally slightly longer and was carefully positioned to create this reveal. The visual treat provided by the juxtaposition of the slope of Thornworthy Down and the Thirlstone exists, what is less certain is whether this was important to the row builders. The cummulative evidence for this type of visual link is however highly suggestive and potentially provides a useful insight into the reasons rows were built at particular points and in turn may provide an insight into the reasons they were erected.
Whilst not a reveal, it is perhaps worth mentioning that the nearby stone row at Hurston Ridge is clearly visible from the Yardworthy row. Intervisibility between rows may have been important to their builders.
View from the cairn at the top of the row towards the Thirlstone.
View from the northern end of the row. Only a tiny part of the tor remains visible.
The stone row at Hurston Ridge is clearly visible even under poor visibility (Copyright: Gordon Fisher).
Car parking is available at SX 67522 84123. From here walk a short distance northward and take the first gate on the left. Please ensure that you leave the gate as you find it. Walk northward up the gentle hill until you reach its summit.