Commondale Moor

Pair of stones next to the stone circle which is visible in the background. View from south east (Scale 1m).

Location

England North Yorkshire North York Moors NZ 63797 10844
Lat 54.48892839    Long –1.01659323 

Plan of Commondale stone circle and row. Pits shown grey (Source: survey by Sandy Gerrard at 1:500).

Characteristics

Type: Double Length: 34m
No. of stones: 7 Size of stones: Small and medium
Orientation: 108° Altitude: 274m
Upper end: Stone circle Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: No
Context:  Cairns
Notes:

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status: National Park
Scheduled Ancient Monument: No

Identification

Category: Possible. Doubts have been expressed regarding the authenticity of the stone circle and whilst it now looks appropriate there is a strong possibility that stones have been moved around fairly recently. In many ways the stone row seems more genuine. The recumbent slabs have associated hollows. However given that this area has clearly been interfered with a great deal it is probably safest to consider this a possible row.

Photographs

Plan showing the position of the numbered stones referred to below.

Looking east along the row. The stones in the foreground form part of the stone circle (Scale 1m).

Stone 1 in the foreground and stone 2 beyond. Stone 1 measures 0.4m long by 0.2m wide and stands up to 0.33m high.

Stone 2. View from north west (Scale 1m).  This recumbent stone measures 0.60m long by 0.30m wide and 0.25m high.

Stone 3 with stones 4 and five in the background. View from west (Scale 1m). This stone measures 1.2m long by 0.3m wide and 0.7m high.

Stone 3. View from the east looking towards the stone circle (Scale 1m).

Stone 4. View from the west  with stone 5 in the background (Scale 1m). This recumbent stone measures 0.56m long by 0.46m wide and 0.1m high.

Stone 5. View from west (Scale 1m). This recumbent stone measures 0.62m long by 0.33m wide and 0.15m high.

Stone 6. View from north west (Scale 1m).  This recumbent stone measures 0.9m long by 0.48m wide and 0.26m high.

Stone 7. View from south (Scale 1m).  This recumbent and part buried stone measures 0.3m long by 0.23m wide and 0.16m high. 

The stone circle. View from the north.

Access Information

Car parking is available at NZ 65680 10498. From here walk along the public highway to NZ 64937 09833 and take the path leading north westward. Follow this to NZ 63949 11043 and then walk to the row a short distance to the south.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     PastScape

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