Lacra, South West

Looking south west along the row (Scale 1m).

A double stone row measuring 64.8m long, including 12 medium and large-sized stones situated within a small shallow valley with sea views in two directions.  The row leads uphill from a nearby stone circle and is orientated north east to south west. There is a sea view reveal at the top of the row, three stone circles and another stone row in the vicinity.


England  Cumbria Rest of England SD 15046 81168
Lat 54.21917578   Long -3.30440476

Map showing the location of Lacra, South West stone row.

Plan of the Lacra stone rows (Source: survey by Mr K. Barlow). Original available here (pg. 6)

Stone rows shown red, the stone circle shown black and other stones grey.


Type: Double Length: 64.8m
No. of stones: 12 Size of stones: Large and medium
Orientation: 44° Altitude: 132m
Upper end: Stone circle Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  Stone circles and stone alignment
Notes: Called Lacra SE by Burl.

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
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 D12. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


View from north showing the position of the stone row and nearby stone circle.

Looking south west along the row. 

Looking north east along the row.

Looking north east along row (with features highlighted).

Sea Triangle

As you walk south westward along the row the sea is not visible in front of you. View from the north eastern end of the row looking south west (Scale 1m).


As you reach the penultimate stone in the row the sea to the south west remains hidden from view.

Finally as you reach the top of the row a sea triangle appears to the south west. It seems unlikely that this very precise demonstrable visual relationship is a coincidence particularly as exactly the same phenomena has been noted at other rows. The row appears to have been carefully positioned to create this special reveal.

Access Information

Parking is available at SD 14256 80685. From here walk carefully along the busy main road to SD 14106 80780. Take the footpath on the right and follow to SD 14880 81350. From here take the track to the row.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal      PastScape     PastScape     Dixon, J.A. and Fell, C.

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.

Dixon, J.A. and Fell, C., 1948, ‘Some Bronze Age burial circles at Lacra, near Kirksanton’, Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society, Series: 2, Volume 48, 1 – 22.


VISITED:- 10th September 2017 

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 12th February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 9th January 2018

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