Hoaroak Cottage, NW

View from the east of the western part of the stone row.

A probable double stone row measuring up to 19.51m long, including 8 small and medium-sized stones situated on a north east facing slope. The row is orientated ENE to WSW and stands in an area with several other stone rows and cairns. There is a restricted view of the sea and the Brecon Beacons.


England Devon Exmoor SS 73972 43796
Lat 51.17941268   Long -3.80445812

Map showing the location of Hoaroak Cottage, NW

Plan of Hoaroak Cottage, NW stone row (Source: Survey by Sandy Gerrard at 1:200).

Map showing the position of Hoaroak Cottage NW, other stone rows and other sites around Furzehill Common (Source: Exmoor National Park HER). 


Type: Double Length: 19.58m
No. of stones: 8 Size of stones: Small and medium
Orientation: 63° Altitude: 382m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  Stone rows and settings

Other Information

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


Category: Probable. The surviving evidence suggests that this is a double stone row. The site has been damaged and the possibility must be acknowledged that the site was originally different in form. On balance the interpretation of this site as a probable stone row seems most appropriate.


This stone row is of Type D1. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.

Individual Stones

Plan showing the position of the numbered stones.

Stone 1 measures 0.52m long by 0.30m wide is level with the ground surface and is orientated at 110°. View from north (Scale 1m).

Stone 2 measures 0.19m long by 0.11m wide stands 0.16m high and is orientated at 75°. View from north (Scale 1m).

Stones 3 and 4. Stone 3 measures 0.22m long by 0.15m wide stands 0.04m high and is orientated at 120°.  Stone 4 measures 0.55m long by 0.13m wide stands 0.02m high and is orientated at 120°. This stone probably originally stood elsewhere and was subsequently moved for “safe keeping” to its present location. View from north (Scale 1m).

Stone 5 which is leaning to the south measures 0.29m long by 0.07m wide stands 0.29m high and is orientated at 24°. View from north east (Scale 1m).

Stone 6 measures 0.23m long by 0.08m wide stands 0.20m high and is orientated at 75°. View from north east (Scale 1m).

Stone 7 measures 0.64m long by 0.20m wide stands 0.16m high and is orientated at 153°.  The small stone to the right probably represents displaced packing. View from south east (Scale 1m).

Stone 8 measures 0.38m long by 0.28m wide stands 0.06m high and is orientated at 67°. View from north (Scale 1m).

Sea View

A restricted view of the sea with South Wales and the Brecon Beacons beyond is visible from the row.

Access Information 

This row can be reached either by walking from Brendon Two Gates (SS 76507 43252) which takes you past the rows on Cheriton Ridge or from Shallowford (SS 71409 44955) which avoids a couple of steep climbs.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     PastScape     Historic Environment Record

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. 216.


VISITED:- 12th April 2019

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 13th July 2019

LAST UPDATED:- 21st November 2020




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