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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Drizzlecombe row 1 Alternative Name: Drizzlecombe A, Drizzlecombe SE
Country: England County: Devon Type: Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue
Nearest Town: Tavistock  Nearest Village: Lee Moor
Map Ref: SX5916166949  Landranger Map Number: 202
Latitude: 50.485381N  Longitude: 3.986617W
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
4 Ambience:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
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
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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Catrinm visited on 5th Jul 2020 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 3

Anne T visited on 15th May 2019 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 3 Drizzlecombe 1 Stone Row: Having been able to glimpse these stones rows as we walked across the moorland from Whittenknowles Rocks settlement, I couldn’t wait to see these rows at last. But, my goodness, what a richness and complexity of sites all in one small-ish area. I made careful notes throughout the day of which photographs belonged to which row, and hopefully these now all make sense. Stone Row 1, similar in some ways to the Merrivale Rows, but then again not, had a much, much taller pillar stone. Located at the SW end of the row, this pillar stone can be seen on UK Grid reference finder: SX 59053 66858. The stone row is unusual because it starts off as a single row (74.5m), then becomes a double row (for 47m), then back to a single row (28m to the cairn) – total length 149.5m. I was surprised to see quite a few walkers stroll along this valley bottom, some along the row, others not. With the River Plym to our east, the water shimmered in the afternoon light. There were also a lot of cattle in the field, but all seemed used to people and just carried on grazing.

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.

RedKite1985 visited on 5th Jun 1996 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 3

cazzyjane AngieLake have visited here

Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 3.5 Ambience: 4 Access: 3

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Drizzlecombe row 1 submitted by Karen : Drizzlecombe SE row looking up the row from its longstone (Vote or comment on this photo)
Stone Row making up part of the Drizzlecombe complex on southwestern Dartmoor in Devon. This is a 150 metre long stone row running in a southwesterly direction between the cairn 1 with its ring of stones at its upper end, and the lovely longstone at its lower end. The row is unusual in that it is part single and part a double row.

The upper 30 metres of the row, running from the cairn, are fairly large slabs set edge on in a single row, but many of these stones are missing or displaced. The next 50 metres of the row is a double row, with pairs of stones set just under a metre apart, but the whole thing seems to have been just thrown together, with no particularly well matching pairs or anything. The last part of the row is again single, running the last 70 metres down to the 3 metre tall terminal longstone, which is set in line with the row.

The stones are generally between 0.5 and 1 metre tall, lined up in the direction of the row, spaced at approximately 2 metres from each other, but they are not particularly evenly spaced or well set, it all seemingly just thrown together. The line is not particularly straight, either.

It has been said in some sources that the row was probably first a single row, and at some later time conversion to a double row was started, but the evidence does not really match this theory, one big point being that the double row part is positioned so that the single rows are aligned to its centre, whereas doubling a single row would have one continuous line throughout.

Update July 2019: For more information, please click on the following links:
Pastscape Monument No. 438622;
Historic England List ID 1014145 (which schedules "Three stone alignments, 15 cairns, a cist, a partially enclosed stone hut circle settlement and a small clapper bridge at Drizzle Combe");
Devon and Dartmoor HER: MDV14777 (Drizzlecombe Stone Rows);
Stone Rows of Great Britain: Drizzlecombe 1 (which also documents 'Sea views' from Drizzlecombe 1); and
Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: Drizzlecombe S. Stone Row.
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Drizzlecombe row 1 submitted by cazzyjane : The first row you come to. What an amazing place. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Drizzlecombe row 1 submitted by cazzyjane : The impressive standing stone with its row off behind it. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Drizzlecombe row 1 submitted by cazzyjane : Looking good in the September sun. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Drizzlecombe row 1 submitted by Anne T : This is the part of the row that becomes double. Butler tells us that the first 74.5m (from the long stone, running east) is a single row; the next 47m is made of double stones; the final 28m running up to the cairn at its north eastern end is single again. Total length (if I've used my calculator correctly!) is 149.5m. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Drizzlecombe row 1 submitted by AngieLake : Row 1 at Drizzlecombe, looking up towards Menhir 3. Giant's Basin is on the right behind Jack Walker, author of excellent alignment theory book, 'Dartmoor Sun'. (Yet to be published at that time, about 4 years ago.) JackME gets down to business, checking his alignments. (3 comments - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Drizzlecombe row 1 submitted by PaulH : View of terminal stone in row 1 roughly from middle of row 1, showing components of stone row.

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Drizzlecombe row 1 submitted by simcon : SX591672 Drizzle Combe Stone Row East Dartmoor Devon, the rightmost of a pair of rows running in a north easterly direction.

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Drizzlecombe row 1 submitted by Andy B : Sandy G indicates where the row changes in construction style

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Drizzlecombe row 1 submitted by Andy B : Where the row changes from single to double, it's not even by any means

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Drizzlecombe row 1 submitted by Anne T : The final few stones at the eastern end of Drizzlecombe One lie flat, having been toppled over. The longstone of Drizzlecombe Two can be seen in the distance.

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Drizzlecombe row 1 submitted by Anne T : Coming up to the eastern end of the row and the terminal cairn. The stones at this end of the row are larger, but the final few lie flat. They finish 2m from the base of the cairn at the head of the row.

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Drizzlecombe row 1 submitted by Anne T : Standing about half way along Drizzlecome One, looking south east towards the River Plym, which runs along the bottom of the valley, glinting in the sunlight.

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Drizzlecombe row 1 submitted by Anne T : Standing just to the west of Drizzlecombe 1 longstone, looking eastwards along the 149.5m length of the row. The longstone of Drizzlecombe 2 can be seen in the distance.

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Drizzlecombe row 1 submitted by Anne T : My first real proper view of Drizzlecombe One, approaching it from the north west, from Whittenknowles Rocks Prehistoric Settlement (via the 'marker stone' and the tin works). This shows the long stone at the south western end of the row, with the start of the row running eastwards.

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Drizzlecombe row 1 submitted by Bladup : Drizzlecombe row 1.

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Drizzlecombe row 1 submitted by Bladup

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Drizzlecombe row 1 submitted by Bladup : Drizzlecombe row 1 looking south west.

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Drizzlecombe row 1 submitted by Bladup : The western end of Drizzlecombe row 1.

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Drizzlecombe row 1 submitted by Bladup : Drizzlecombe row 1. In the background is the tallest standing stone and the Giant's basin cairn.

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Drizzlecombe row 1 submitted by Bladup : The south west end of Drizzlecombe row 1.

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Drizzlecombe row 1 submitted by SandyG : A classic stone row with a large terminal stone at the lower end and cairn at the upper end.

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Drizzlecombe row 1 submitted by SandyG : Stone row next to the Giant's Basin.

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Drizzlecombe row 1 submitted by postman : The day before the summer solstice 2008

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 15m NNE 27° Drizzlecombe cairn 1.* Cairn (SX5916866962)
 23m ENE 73° Drizzlecombe Cist 6* Cairn (SX5918366955)
 41m E 94° Drizzlecombe Giant's Basin* Cairn (SX5920266945)
 45m NW 323° Drizzlecombe menhir 3* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX5913566986)
 71m NE 42° Drizzlecombe menhir 2* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX59216700)
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 137m SW 228° Drizzlecombe menhir 1* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX5905766860)
 143m NE 41° Drizzlecombe row 2* Stone Row / Alignment (SX5925867054)
 147m NNE 32° Drizzlecombe row 3* Stone Row / Alignment (SX5924367071)
 156m NE 40° Drizzlecombe cairn 2* Ring Cairn (SX5926567065)
 160m NNE 33° Drizzlecombe cairn 3* Ring Cairn (SX5925367080)
 170m NNE 25° Drizzlecombe cairn 4* Stone Circle (SX5923867101)
 171m W 265° Drizzlecombe stone 4* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX58996694)
 191m NNW 348° Drizzlecombe cairn 14* Cairn (SX5912767137)
 255m SSW 209° Drizzlecombe cist 22* Cist (SX59036673)
 259m N 356° Drizzlecombe cairn 13* Cist (SX5915167208)
 290m SSE 148° Giant's hill cairn* Cairn (SX59316670)
 313m NNE 25° Drizzlecombe Settlement* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX59306723)
 317m NE 41° Drizzlecombe Cairn 18* Cairn (SX5937667182)
 342m SE 124° Giant's Hill West* Cist (SX59446675)
 451m W 268° Drizzlecombe Brook* Marker Stone (SX5870966946)
 461m NNE 25° Drizzlecombe W row* Stone Row / Alignment (SX5937067360)
 463m NNE 33° Drizzlecombe Cairn 23* Cairn (SX5942367331)
 463m NNE 26° Cairn At Head of Drizzlecombe Row 4* Cairn (SX5937467361)
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