Lanacombe 3

View from south east of the upper (NW) part of the row (Scale 1m).

A probable double stone row measuring at least 20.61m long, including 6 small and medium-sized stones situated on an east facing slope. The row is orientated south east to north west and stands in an area with several other stone rows settings and cairns.


England Somerset Exmoor SS 78598 43028
Lat 51.17351171    Long -3.73804846

Map showing location of Lanacombe 3 stone row

Plan of Lanacombe 3 stone row (Source: Survey at 1:200 by Sandy Gerrard).

Map showing the position of Lanacombe 3, other stone rows and other sites (Source: Exmoor National Park HER). 


Type: Double Length: 20.61m
No. of stones: 6 Size of stones: Small and medium
Orientation: 130° Altitude: 375m
Upper end: – Lower end: Cairn
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: No
Context:  Stone rows, settings and cairns

Other Information

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


Category: Probable. The double stone row interpretation is based on the assumption that stones 1 or 2 are close to their original location and represent the upper end of the south western row. It is possible that that these stones have both been moved from elsewhere and if so the original form of the site will have been too disturbed to provide an accurate interpretation. On balance and until further work is conducted the interpretation of this site as a probable stone row seems most appropriate.


This stone row is of Type D7. 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.

Stones 1 and 2. Stone 1 on the left measures 0.70m long by 0.50m wide and is orientated at 40°. Stone 2 measures 0.70m long by 0.20m wide and is orientated at 70°. View from west (Scale 1m).

Stone 3 measures 0.64m long by 0.10m wide stands 0.25m high and is orientated at 155°. View from east (Scale 1m).

Stone 4 measures 0.16m long by 0.13m wide stands 0.38m high and is orientated at 17°. View from north west (Scale 1m).

Stone 5 measures 0.47m long by 0.28m wide and is orientated at 160°. View from east with stones 3 and 4 in the background (Scale 1m).

Stone 6 measures 0.23m long by 0.06m wide stands 0.12m high and is orientated at 74°. View from east (Scale 1m).

Access Information

Car parking is available at SS 76428 42356. From here follow the bridleway eastward to the row. Whilst in the area it is worth having a look at the other Lanacombe stone rows and Trout Hill 4.

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:- 13th April 2019

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 11th July 2019

LAST UPDATED:- 21st November 2020

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