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Submitted by SandyG on Tuesday, 19 October 2004  Page Views: 6975

Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Black Tor SW Alternative Name: Black Tor (Avon) Stone Row
Country: England County: Devon Type: Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue
Nearest Town: Ivybridge  Nearest Village: South Brent
Map Ref: SX6773063494  Landranger Map Number: 202
Latitude: 50.456325N  Longitude: 3.864677W
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
3 Ambience:
2Not Good
0No data.
no data Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
0No data.
3 Accuracy:
5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
0no data

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SandyG visited on 7th Jul 2013 - their rating: Cond: 2 Amb: 4 Access: 3 Car parking is available at SX 68060 62906. The row is about 650m to the north up a moderately steep hill across open moorland.

Black Tor SW
Black Tor SW submitted by SandyG : Apologies for the arrows showing the position of the stones but without them it would be very difficult to appreciate the character of this row. Many rows include tiny stones and some are entirely composed of stones which a single strong individual could have carried and erected by themselves. Despite this these minilithic sites are important and should never be dismissed, ignored or ridiculed. Vi... (Vote or comment on this photo)
Double stone row leading from the larger cairn to be found. This row is composed entirely of small unimpressive stones and is a powerful reminder that this type of monument is often far from visually spectacular.

Update August 2019: This stone row is featured on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website - see their entry for the Black Tor (Avon) Stone Row.

The row is also recorded as Pastscape Monument No. 441986, although a field investigators report from 1977 says the row could not be found.

The row is also recorded on the Stone Rows of Great Britain: Black Tor (Avon) Stone Row, which tells us this is "a double stone row measuring 56m long, including 22 small-sized stones". The SRoGB entry includes photographs of the row and its associated cairns, and a plan of the row. For a discussion of the views that come into play as you walk along the length of the row see Sea Views at Black Tor (Avon).

The Devon & Dartmoor HER MDC5778 records this as part of a monument as a cairn and two barrows, having Protected Status; it is scheduled along with three enclosed hut groups on Black Tor - see Historic England List ID 1002505.
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Black Tor SW
Black Tor SW submitted by SandyG : Two cairns at the upper end of the double stone row. The row leads from the large cairn denoted by the ranging rod. The smaller cairn stands in the foreground. View from the south. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Black Tor SW
Black Tor SW submitted by SandyG : Double stone row leading from the cairn. The grey arrows show the position of stones in the northern row and the red arrow a stone in the southern row. This row is composed entirely of small unimpressive stones and is a powerful reminder that this type of monument is often far from visually spectacular. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Re: Black Tor SW by SandyG on Thursday, 25 September 2014
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A double stone alignment leading south east for 56m from the larger of two cairns. The average height of the stones is only 5 centimetres and many only just protrude through the turf. According to Jeremy Butler there are 18 visible stones.
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