Copyright: Angie Lake. Original available at Megalithic Portal


England Cumbria Rest of England NY 55155 15931
Lat 54.53666763   Long -2.69459507


Shap stone alignment (After Clare, T., 1978, 8).


Type:     Double Length: 3000m
No. of stones: 31 Size of stones: Only large
Orientation: 130° Altitude: 258m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: No
Context:  Ritual landscape
Notes: There would have originally been far more stones. Most have been removed. There is some debate whether there are two alignments. This is because of the shift in orientation south of the Skellaw Hill barrow. This shift is no greater than that observed at the West Kennet or the Upper Erme rows and therefore until further evidence is found it is perfectly possible that there is only one alignment at Shap and is the second longest in Great Britain.

Other Information

Public Access:  Partly
Land Status:
Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     PastScape     Clare, T.     Stone Circles

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. 216.

Clare, T., 1978, ‘Recent work on the Shap ‘Avenue’, Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological SocietyNew series, vol. 78 Pgs. 5-15.

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