Commondale Moor

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

A possible double stone row measuring 34m long, including 7 small and medium-sized stones leading from a stone circle situated on a south west facing slope.  The row is orientated ESE to WNW and stands in the vicinity of several cairns and a prehistoric field system. Doubts concerning the identity of this row hinge around the fact that stones in the area have been interfered with.


England North Yorkshire North York Moors NZ 63792 10842
Lat 54.488914    Long -1.016757

Map showing the location of Commondale Moor stone row.

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


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

Other Information

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


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.


This stone row is of Type D7. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


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


VISITED:- 16th September 2017

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 13th Februrary 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 10th February 2018

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