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The Devil's Arrows

Stone Row, North Yorkshire

The shortest of the three stones (5.5m) is nearest in this view. The tallest stone (6.8m) is in the distance, on the other side of the road.

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Probably a five-stone row originally. The fourth stone was reputedly broken up in 1582 to build the bridge over the River Tutt, and the fifth is lost in history. The stones are of gritstone, having pointed tops, with a fluted effect caused by weathering, and are buried up to 1.5m into the ground. Dating from the Late Neolithic or Early Bronze Age, the stones were the site of a solstice fair in historical times. Several astronomical alignments have been postulated, as well as a straight ley-type alignment. More info on leys here.

The Devils Arrow alignment. Ref: Lines on the Landscape, Devereux and Pennick

The tallest stone (left), and the middle stone of the row

Access: Turn off the A1(M) at the A6055 (Boroughbridge) and head into the town. Turn left after the Three Arrows Hotel, down Roecliffe Lane. The stones are a few hundred metres down and unfortunately near to the A1(M) that now bypasses Boroughbridge. The tallest is just off the road to the left, behind a gate. The other two are 200m away on the opposite side of the road, in a cornfield. It is possible to get near the stones by walking down the side of the field, taking care not to trample the corn.
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Rating: General Impression 4, Ambience 3, Access 4

Personal: Strikingly tall stones. The nearby motorway is not as disturbing as I had expected, due to a high hedge which hides it.

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