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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Drizzlecombe row 3 Alternative Name: Drizzlecombe B, Drizzlecombe NW; Butler Row 3; Worth Row B; NMR Row 1
Country: England County: Devon Type: Stone Row / Alignment
Nearest Town: Tavistock  Nearest Village: Lee Moor
Map Ref: SX5924367071  Landranger Map Number: 202
Latitude: 50.486498N  Longitude: 3.985508W
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
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5 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
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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
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Anne T visited on 15th May 2019 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 3 Drizzlecombe Stone Row 3: The last of the stone rows we visited today (although there was to be a minor, minor surprise at Yellowmead to end the afternoon). This surprising row, the same length as Row 1, and bends in the middle (it’s not straight). We split the visit to this row into two; the first part was looking at the eastern end of the row and the cairn; the second was after we’d wandered up slope to look at the larger cist, the settlements and another large cairn. We then meandered back down Row 3. It was on the way back that I found a compass between the tussocks of grass, covered in heavy dew and I thought the moisture had got inside the mechanism and was ruined. I was going to leave it by the stones in case anyone collected it, but given where it was, we concluded no-one was likely to walk along this particular spot between the rows. I later found out that it was a military compass, probably dropped by one of the many soldiers who carry out exercises in this location. The longstone at the eastern end of the row was intriguing. It appeared to be undressed granite, and bore some sort of resemblance to the marker stone seen earlier today, but is most definitely part of row 3. The large, but friendly, cattle in the field liked to lean against it, presumably because it absorbed the heat of the sun, or to scratch.

SandyG visited on 7th Apr 2013 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 3 Car parking is available at SX 57887 67306. The row is about 1400m ESE of the car park across open moorland.

Catrinm visited - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 3

cazzyjane have visited here

Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 3.67 Ambience: 4.33 Access: 3

Drizzlecombe row 3
Drizzlecombe row 3 submitted by ernar : The NW stone row at Drizzlecombe begins at the center cairn (of a 3-cairn group oriented SE just downhill the settlement) and is aligned at 235º. (Vote or comment on this photo)
Stone Row making up part of the Drizzlecombe complex on southwestern Dartmoor in Devon

Single stone row 150 metres in length on a northeast - southwest alignment. The row has a 2.3 metre tall longstone at the lower SW end, flat faces in line with the row. The row goes uphill to the uphill NE end where there is a small cairn surrounded by a nice ring of stone slabs, referred to here as the C circle, which is just a few yards to the northwest of the cairn at the top of row 2.

Update July 2019: This stone row is recorded as Pastscape Monument No. 438622, and forms part of the scheduling information for Historic England List ID 1014145. The Devon and Dartmoor HER also includes a record for this row; see MDV3376 (Alignment, Drizzlecombe).

The Stone Rows of Great Britain also features a page for this row - see their entry for Drizzlecombe 3, and also explores restricted sea views from along the row (Sea Views at Drizzlecombe 3, adding: "This stone alignment measures 149.5m long and includes a single line of at least 69 slabs. The length of this alignment is exactly the same as Row 1 which is unlikely to be a coincidence and will have been important to their builders. The cairn at the top of the row is only 20m away from the one at the top of Row 2 and the view towards the sea is therefore only very slightly different".

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks also features entries for this stone row - see their entries for the Drizzlecombe N.W. Stone Row and the Drizzlecombe Ceremonial Complex (Photos 1).
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Drizzlecombe row 3
Drizzlecombe row 3 submitted by cazzyjane : The least impressive of the three rows but with a rather nice knarled terminal stone. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Drizzlecombe row 3
Drizzlecombe row 3 submitted by Anne T : This magnificent beast was standing touching the longstone until I walked past, and it gently backed away. I am just to the west of the stone, looking east back along the length of the Drizzlecombe row 3. The blocking stone of row 2 can be seen on the right hand side of the photo. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Drizzlecombe row 3
Drizzlecombe row 3 submitted by simcon : SX591672 Drizzle Combe Stone Row West Dartmoor Devon, the leftmost of a pair of rows running in a north easterly direction. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Drizzlecombe row 3
Drizzlecombe row 3 submitted by Anne T : Standing almost half way along Drizzlecombe Stone Row C, looking west towards the blocking stone. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Drizzlecombe row 3
Drizzlecombe row 3 submitted by Anne T : Standing about one third along the row from the cairn at its eastern end, looking across to where the old tin works area. The number of stones in the row varies according to the source used (Butler, originally 119 stones but one third missing; Stone Rows of Great Britain: at least 73 medium-sized stones; Pastscape: 2 recumbent and 69 standing stones). Pastscape adds: "In recent years a number of ... (Vote or comment on this photo)

Drizzlecombe row 3
Drizzlecombe row 3 submitted by Anne T : Standing on the western side of the cairn at the head of the row, looking west along it. The longstone can just be seen between the two 'red' cattle just below the hill in the distance. Just above centre left, the longstone of row 2 can be seen with the Giant's Basin cairn to its left, and just above centre/centre, the longstone of row 1 (just behind the small black 'blob' which is a bullock).

Drizzlecombe row 3
Drizzlecombe row 3 submitted by Bladup : Drizzlecombe row 3, with Gutter Tor centre background.

Drizzlecombe row 3
Drizzlecombe row 3 submitted by Bladup : Drizzlecombe row 3.

Drizzlecombe row 3
Drizzlecombe row 3 submitted by SandyG : Stone row leading from the large terminal stone. This angle shows that the row is not straight.

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 13m NE 46° Drizzlecombe cairn 3* Ring Cairn (SX5925367080)
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 23m ESE 104° Drizzlecombe cairn 2* Ring Cairn (SX5926567065)
 30m N 349° Drizzlecombe cairn 4* Stone Circle (SX5923867101)
 61m SSW 211° Drizzlecombe* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX59216702)
 78m SSW 203° Drizzlecombe menhir 2* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX59216700)
 131m SSW 206° Drizzlecombe Cist 6* Cairn (SX5918366955)
 132m SSW 213° Drizzlecombe cairn 1.* Cairn (SX5916866962)
 132m SSW 196° Drizzlecombe Giant's Basin* Cairn (SX5920266945)
 133m WNW 298° Drizzlecombe cairn 14* Cairn (SX5912767137)
 137m SW 230° Drizzlecombe menhir 3* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX5913566986)
 147m SSW 212° Drizzlecombe row 1* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX5916166949)
 165m NW 325° Drizzlecombe cairn 13* Cist (SX5915167208)
 169m NNE 18° Drizzlecombe Settlement* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX59306723)
 173m NE 49° Drizzlecombe Cairn 18* Cairn (SX5937667182)
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 284m WSW 241° Drizzlecombe stone 4* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX58996694)
 315m NNE 22° Drizzlecombe W row* Stone Row / Alignment (SX5937067360)
 316m NNE 33° Drizzlecombe Cairn 23* Cairn (SX5942367331)
 318m NNE 23° Cairn At Head of Drizzlecombe Row 4* Cairn (SX5937467361)
 328m NNE 21° Standing Stone Near Cairn at Head of Drizzlecombe Row 4* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX5937067374)
 376m SSE 147° Giant's Hill West* Cist (SX59446675)
 377m SSE 168° Giant's hill cairn* Cairn (SX59316670)
 402m SSW 210° Drizzlecombe cist 22* Cist (SX59036673)
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