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Submitted by Brian Byng on Friday, 22 October 2004  Page Views: 8970

Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Conies Down
Country: England County: Devon Type: Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue
Nearest Town: Princetown  Nearest Village: Two Bridges
Map Ref: SX5857378988  Landranger Map Number: 191
Latitude: 50.593440N  Longitude: 3.999472W
Condition:
5Perfect
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:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
3 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.
2 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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TheCaptain visited on 20th Sep 2021 - their rating: Cond: 2 Amb: 4 Access: 2 Day down to Dartmoor for a pilgrimmage to Beardown Man. From Maiden Hill, I now head south to look for the stone row I have dim memories of from the 1988 Lich Way moorland crossing, and as I approach down the hillside, there is a large herd of cattle, some looking at me menacingly with their horns, so I reluctantly decide to give them a wide berth, and don't get to the top of the row where there are a large group including calves laying around. Heading further down I can get to the lower end of the row, and it is clearly there, stones spaced about 4 metres apart which appear white amongst the green grass, and is just how I remember it. From here its not going to be easy to get back as other than the Lich Way going east west, there is nothing resembling a path heading south, so I decide I have to make best way I can heading up and over towards Black Dunghill after first crossing around the top of the initial bogland. Its a difficult, boggy route, made slightly easier using the occasional animal track or quad bike track in a sort of zig zag fashion until I get to the top of the ridge by the unmarked hill, from where I can make out Black Dunghill with what looks a good path over it, which I head to. Getting tired now, and the sun dropping, I sit and eat my last sandwich with mild relief as I can see a good path leading all the way back to where the car is parked. Its a simple walk back to Holming Beam, but unfortunately I now have a wet bum from sitting down, made tolerable by the fantastic views, with Beardown Man clearly visible on the horizon up to the north. It can even be seen from the track by the car park, magnificent. Back to the car about 5:20, and there is another couple out here walking along the track, so thats now 5 people I have seen all day with over 5 hours out on the moor. Change out of wet boots, and head down for a pint in the setting sun at the Two Bridges Hotel after. Lovely.

SandyG visited on 29th May 2017 - their rating: Cond: 2 Amb: 5 Access: 1 This stone row stands within the Merrivale military live firing range and it is important that you check that there is no firing and that the range is open for visitors before you set off. It can be reached either from the west or south. If approaching from the west, car parking is available at SX 52178 77879. From the car park follow the track leading eastward. This is a bit of slog but has the advantage of passing the stone row at Langstone Moor. Alternatively, access from the south is much easier although there is no path. Car parking is available at SX 59145 76462 and from here you should head due north across Black Dunghill before crossing Conies Down Water. A series of landmark reveals and other visual links to the surrounding landscape have been identified at Conies Down. These centre around a group of tors to the south west, but North Hessary Tor to the south and Conies Down Tor feature in what are a particularly interesting series of visual treats. The row itself is not remarkable but the way in which it seemingly relates to the surrounding landscape is.

TheCaptain visited on 3rd Apr 1988 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 2 Visited while on walk across Dartmoor on the Lich Way. Being new to Dartmoor Stone Rows, and not knowing how small the stones could be, I thought it to be very overgrown and insignificant. Knowing what I do now, its possibly quite a significant row!



Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 2.33 Ambience: 4.33 Access: 1.67

Conies Down
Conies Down submitted by Brian Byng : Conies Down Stone Row @ SX58597905 looking north This row runs almost NS actual azimuth 10 deg. It is 172m long, difficult to find as the stones are small & only about 22 remain standing. The row runs slightly uphill to to a low mound possibly the remains of a burial - no finds. (Vote or comment on this photo)
Conies Down Double Stone Row on Dartmoor is within the Merrivale military live firing range, so it is important that you check that there is no firing and that the range is open for visitors before you set off.

This row runs almost NS actual azimuth 10 deg. It is 172m long, difficult to find as the stones are small & only about 22 remain standing. The row runs slightly uphill to to a low mound possibly the remains of a burial - no finds.

Update September 2019: This stone row is featured on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website - see their entry for the Conies Down Stone Row. PDW tells us "The Conies Down stone row is oriented a few degrees west of north-south and is 145m long. Originally a double alignment of stones, only three pairs of upright stones now survive. There are a total of 17 upright and 15 recumbent stones".

The row is also recorded as Pastscape Monument No. 439578 and scheduled as Historic England List ID 1008012 (Stone alignment on Conies Down).

The Devon and Dartmoor HER also includes a record for this row: MDV4592 (Stone Row on Conies Down).

The Stone Rows of Great Britain also includes an entry; see their page for Conies Down, which includes a description, a simplified plan of the row, photographs and access information. The SRoGB also includes a section on Landscape Reveals, demonstrating which features come into and out of view as you progress along the row, adding: "The row itself is not remarkable but the way in which it seemingly relates to the surrounding landscape is."
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Conies Down submitted by Bladup : These stones are at the Southern end of Conies Down Stone Row, I believe this is clearly some part of the monument and I did wonder whether the large stone was a Capstone of a Cist (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Conies Down submitted by Bladup : The Southern end of Conies Down Stone Row (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Conies Down submitted by Bladup : Conies Down Stone row, Southern section (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Conies Down submitted by Bladup (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Conies Down submitted by Bladup : Looking at the Southern end of Conies Down Stone Row (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Conies Down submitted by Bladup : Towards the Southern end of Conies Down Stone row

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Conies Down submitted by Bladup : This certainly felt manmade and looked like some form of cairn, It's about halfway along and to the side of Conies Down Stone row

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Conies Down submitted by Bladup : About halfway along and to the side of Conies Down Stone row is this little cairn

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Conies Down submitted by Bladup : Some fallen stones towards the Northern end of Conies Down Stone Row, Looking South

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Conies Down submitted by Bladup : Towards the Northern end of Conies Down Stone Row, Looking South

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Conies Down submitted by Bladup : Towards the middle of Conies Down Stone Row as it passes a small outcrop, Looking South

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Conies Down submitted by Bladup : Towards the middle of Conies Down Stone Row as it passes a small outcrop, Looking North

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Conies Down submitted by TheCaptain : Looking south down the lower end of the row, and across to the mire and untracked miles of the unnamed ridge I have to cross before getting to Black Dunghill.

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Conies Down submitted by TheCaptain : The lower end of the row is clearly there, stones spaced about 4 metres apart which appear white amongst the green grass, and is just how I remember it.

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Conies Down submitted by TheCaptain : Further down I can get to the lower end of the row, and it is clearly there, stones spaced about 4 metres apart which appear white amongst the green grass, and is just how I remember it.

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Conies Down submitted by TheCaptain : There was a large herd of cattle, some looking at me menacingly with their horns, so I reluctantly decided to give them a wide berth, and don't get to the top of the row where there are a large group including calves laying around.

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Conies Down submitted by SandyG : Very few of the stones remain standing. View from the north.

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Conies Down submitted by SandyG : The southern end of the row. View from the south (Scale 1m).

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Conies Down submitted by SandyG : The row passing a granite outcrop. View from south (Scale 1m).

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Conies Down submitted by SandyG : The row passing a granite outcrop. View from north (Scale 1m).

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Conies Down submitted by SandyG : Looking south along the row from the top (Scale 1m).

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Conies Down submitted by SandyG : Looking north along the row.

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Conies Down submitted by Brian Byng : Conies Down Stone Row @ SX58597905 looking south This row runs almost NS actual azimuth 10 deg. It is 172m long, difficult to find as the stones are small & only about 22 remain standing. The row runs slightly uphill to to a low mound possibly the remains of a burial - no finds.

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