Devil’s Arrows

The three remaining stones. View from north.

A single stone row measuring at least 174m long, originally including at least four large-sized stones situated on a level floodplain. Only three stones remain, all are upright and stand between 6.9m and 5.51m high, arranged in height order with the tallest at the south.  The row is orientated NNW to SSE. The missing stone is said to have been cut up in 1620 to repair a nearby bridge.


England North Yorkshire Rest of England SE 39073 66592
Lat 54.09375874   Long -1.40406607

Map showing the location of Devil’s Arrows stone row.

Plan of the Devil’s Arrows stone row. (Source Ordnance Survey 1909).


Type: Single Length: 174m
No. of stones: 4 Size of stones: Only large
Orientation: 154° Altitude: 22m
Upper end: – Lower end:
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: No
Context:  –
Notes: The fourth stone was removed sometime after it was described by Leland in 1538.

Other Information

Public Access:  Can be viewed from highway.
Land Status:
Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes


Category: Plausible. No doubts have been expressed regarding the prehistoric interpretation of this row.


This stone row is of Type S8. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


View from north of the three substantial orthostats.

The northern stone. View from the north.

The central stone. View from the west.

The southern stone. View from north.

The southern and central stones. View from the north west.

The central and northern stones. View from the south east.

The central and northern stones. View from the south east.

Access Information

There is limited safe parking in the vicinity of the monument.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     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:- 1st August 2017 

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 12th February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 18th March 2019

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