High Bride Stones

Looking north west from the southern stone circle

A probable single stone row measuring 72m long, including about 10 medium and large-sized stones situated on a west facing slope with a restricted sea view reveal. The row leads from a small stone circle and is orientated north west to south east. There is a second stone circle, several cairns  and prehistoric field systems in the vicinity.


England North Yorkshire North York Moors NZ 84944 04700 to NZ 84995 04647
Lat 54.43064823   Long –0.69205386 to Lat 54.43016471 Long -0.69128905

Map showing the location of High Bride stone row.

Plan of High Bride stone row and circles (Source: survey at 1:500 by Sandy Gerrard).


Type: Single Length: 72m
No. of stones: 10 Size of stones: Large and medium
Orientation: 142° Altitude: 275m
Upper end: – Lower end:  Stone circle
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  Stone circle, cairns and field system
Notes: Sea is only visible from the northern end of the row.

Other Information

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


Category: Probable. Despite the problems associated with determining which stones are natural and which ones were placed it is probable that this is a stone row leading away from one of the two stone circles in this area. The presence of considerable quantities of surface stone means that without excavation it is not possible to be certain that this is a stone row.


This stone row is of Type S12. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.

Individual Stones

The surveyed stones were all measured. The position of the numbered stones are shown in the plan below together with the recorded dimensions.

Plan showing the position of the numbered stones.

Stone 1 Upright, 0.5m wide square and 2.18m high. Orientation 255°.

Stone 2 Recumbent, 2.62m long, 0.65m wide and 0.3m high. Orientation 171°.

Stone 3 Recumbent, 3.03m long, 0.60m wide and 0.43m high. Orientation 237°.

Stone 4 Recumbent, 2.30m long, 0.60m wide and 0.28m high. Orientation 293°.

Stone 5 Recumbent, 1.00m long, 0.22m wide and 0.14m high. Orientation 67°.

Stone 6 Recumbent, part buried, 1.40m long, 0.70m wide and 0.13m high. Orientation 50°.

Stone 7 Recumbent, 3.03m long, 0.60m wide and 0.43m high. Orientation 237°. Could be natural.

Stone 8 Recumbent, 0.72m long, 0.56m wide and 0.13m high. Orientation 237°. Displaced?

Stone 9 Recumbent, 0.47m long, 0.40m wide and 0.17m high. Orientation 275°. Part buried.

Stone 10 Upright, 0.42m long, 0.20m wide and 0.98m high. Orientation 286°.

Stone 11 Upright, 0.47m long, 0.19m wide and 0.65m high. Orientation 298°.

Stone 12 Upright, 0.45m long, 0.24m wide and 0.42m high. Orientation 201°.

Stone 13 Recumbent, 0.60m long, 0.25m wide and 0.03m high. Orientation 30°. Could be natural.

Stone 14 Recumbent, 0.80m long, 0.32m wide and 0.11m high. Orientation 237°. Part buried.

Stone 15 Recumbent, 0.60m long, 0.42m wide and 0.03m high. Orientation 225°. Part buried, could be natural.

Stone 16 Recumbent, 0.56m long, 0.25m wide and 0.08m high. Orientation 220°. Displaced?

Stone 17 Recumbent, 0.50m long, 0.23m wide and 0.10m high. Orientation 17°. Displaced?

Stone 18 Upright, 0.80m long, 0.18m wide and 1.43m high. Orientation 192°.

Stone 19 Recumbent, 0.88m long, 0.18m wide and 0.20m high. Orientation 330°. Could be natural.

Stone 20 Recumbent, 1.2m long, 0.65m wide and 0.25m high. Orientation 300°. Could be natural.

Stone 21 Recumbent, 1.1m long, 0.20m wide and 0.4m high. Orientation 147°.


View from the southern stone circle along the row (Scale 1m).

The southern stone circle. View from above and west (Scale 1m).

Southern stone circle. View from above and south east (Scale 1m).

Southern stone circle. View from above and south (Scale 1m).

Northern stone circle. View from south (Scale 1m).

Northern stone circle. View from above and south (Scale 1m).

View from northern stone circle towards the northern stone circle.

Looking along the row from the southern stone circle.

Northern stone circle in foreground and southern one beyond.

Looking south east along the row from stone 18.

View from the north.

Access Information

Limited car parking available next to the row at NZ 85048 04719.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     PastScape     The Smell of Water

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. 217.


VISITED:- 18th September 2017 

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 13th February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 9th January 2018

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