Broomrigg A

Site of the row. View from the north west.

A possible double stone row measuring 112m long, including six medium and large-sized orthostats leading from a stone circle situated on a gentle east facing slope. The row may however also represent a single row with two or possibly three outliers. The row is orientated north west to south east and stands in the vicinity of several cairns and two stone circles.


England Cumbria Rest of England NY 54733 46779
Lat 54.81385192   Long -2.70603361

Map showing the location of Broomrigg A stone row.

Plan of Broomrigg stone row and circle (Source: Hodgson, 1935).


Type: Double Length: 112m
No. of stones: 6 Size of stones: Only large
Orientation: 138° Altitude: 195m
Upper end: – Lower end: Stone circle
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: No
Context:  Stone circle and cairn

Other Information

Public Access:  Access appears to be permitted when forestry operations are not active.
Land Status:
Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes


Category: Possible. This is a problematic site in terms of interpretation. The survey carried out by K.S. Hodgson in 1934 depicts a single row of three stones leading north west from the stone circle with two other outliers close to the field wall.  The Historic England scheduling description mentions six stones forming either side of a double stone alignment. The situation is further confused by recent damage caused by trees being uprooted and other removed. At the time of the field visit only three stones were identified with certainty. The others may have been removed or hidden by vegetation. It is possible to be fairly confident that at least one row of three stones leading from the stone circle exists or once existed and until proven otherwise there is a possibility that there was a double row here. Another visit during the winter when the vegetation is less obstructive may resolve the matter.


Plan showing position of numbered stones.

Stone 1 measures 0.9m long by 0.8m wide and 0.3m high. View from south (Scale 1m).

Stone 2 at NY 54773 46761 may have formed part of the row. View from north. 

Alternatively perhaps this stone forms part of the row. View from north.

Stone 3 measures 0.5m long by 0.45m wide and stands 0.33m high. View from north (Scale 1m).

Stone 3 had a lucky escape. View from west (Scale 1m).

Stone 4 stands 0.93m high and has been incorporated into a drystone wall. View from west (Scale 1m).

The eastern side of stone 4. View from south (Scale 1m).

Access Information

The stone row is in a working forest and access is therefore sensibly restricted on occasions. Parking is available at NY 54190 46783. From here walk along the forest tracks to the row.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     PastScape     Hodgson

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. 214.


VISITED:- 2nd August 2017

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 12th February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 30th January 2018

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