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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Hart Tor north rows Alternative Name: Hartor north
Country: England County: Devon Type: Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue
Nearest Town: Princetown
Map Ref: SX57637169  Landranger Map Number: 202
Latitude: 50.527621N  Longitude: 4.009993W
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.
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
5

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Catrinm visited on 14th Jan 2024 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 3 A lovely double row with some substantial stones lading to well preserved cairn circle. Once can only guess this is an avenue to walk to the burial site which the cairn encircles.

graemefield visited on 18th May 2017 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 5 Access: 3

SandyG visited on 20th Oct 2014 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 3 Roadside car parking is available at SX 56985 71765. From here the row can be reached across open moorland. The row is situated about 600m to the east. The River Meavy needs to be crossed and it is usually possible to do this via a very narrow “footbridge”.

TheCaptain heidavey have visited here

Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 3.33 Ambience: 4.33 Access: 3

Hart Tor north rows
Hart Tor north rows submitted by Brian Byng : Hart Tor north double row looking northeast Two stone rows at Hart Tor. Burl does list the Hart Tor double row in the gazeteer of his book but it is under the section headed Avenues! A double and a single row each originate from two of three cairns. The double row is in good condition except at the lower end where tinning works have cut into it. The double row SX 5770 7170 is 126 m lo... (Vote or comment on this photo)
Double stone row situated on the south-western slopes of Hart Tor, just across the river Meavy from Black Tor

There are two stone rows at Hart Tor. Burl does list the Hart Tor double row in the gazeteer of his book but it is under the section headed Avenues! A double and a single row each originate from two of three cairns. The double row is in good condition except at the lower end where tinning works have cut into it. The double row SX 5770 7170 is 126 m long azimuth 76 & has about 80 surviving sones. The single row SX 5771 7169 is 61 m long az 60 & has 14 stones.

Update October 2019: This stone row is featured on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website - see their entries for the Hart Tor North Stone Row and the Hart Tor Stone Row & Cairn Circle.

The row is recorded as part of Pastscape Monument No. 440118 (Bronze Age single and double stone rows), as MV4896 (Northern row of Harter group, Walkhampton Common) on the Devon and Dartmoor HER, and scheduled as part of Historic England List Entry No. 1020129 (Tinworks and other archaeological remains in the Meavy valley at Stanlake, Black Tor, Hart Tor and Cramber Tor).

The alignment is also featured on the Stone Rows of Great Britain - see their entry for Hart Tor, North, which includes a description, photographs of the row and the individual stones, a simplified plan stone alignments at Hart Tor with their associated cairns from surveys carried out in March 2013 and October 2014, access information and a list of online resources for more information.

The SRoGB includes an additional entry for Sea Views at Hart Tor which discusses and illustrates the views and landscape features visible from both rows at Hart Tor. They also give a link to the Meavy Valley Archaeology Site Report 9: Hart Tor Stone Rows and Cairns, dated 1999, author: Sandy Gerrard (SandyG).
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Hart Tor north rows
Hart Tor north rows submitted by Catrinm : Hart Tor rows going South down the hill (Vote or comment on this photo)

Hart Tor north rows
Hart Tor north rows submitted by Postman : A bit of a stone jumble by the river, fallen terminal stones? (Vote or comment on this photo)

Hart Tor north rows
Hart Tor north rows submitted by TheCaptain : Hart Tor North Stone Rows, Dartmoor, Devon SX577717 The northern of the Hart Tor rows is a double row avenue which has its lower end at the river Meavy and progresses up the hillside in an easterly direction to a nice cairn at the upper end, 125 metres distant. This is a view looking up at the two cairns from near the upper end of the avenue. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Hart Tor north rows
Hart Tor north rows submitted by TheCaptain : Hart Tor North Stone Rows, Dartmoor, Devon SX577717 The northern of the Hart Tor rows is a double row avenue which has its lower end at the river Meavy and progresses up the hillside in an easterly direction to a nice cairn at the upper end, 125 metres distant. This is a view looking up the row from near the lower end. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Hart Tor north rows submitted by Brian Byng : Hart Tor north double rows view looking southwest

Hart Tor north rows
Hart Tor north rows submitted by Catrinm : Hart Tor double row leading to cairn 140124

Hart Tor north rows
Hart Tor north rows submitted by AngieLake : An attempt to zoom-in to the double stone rows and their cairn circle from the opposite bank. I wish I had had the energy to carry on to see this, and hope to return one day. 14th May on SandyG's group walk.

Hart Tor north rows
Hart Tor north rows submitted by AngieLake : This was as far as I got on 14th May. The track led down to the river but on the other side I could clearly see the double stone rows on Hart Tor. AnneT and Andrew returned to meet Andy B, and I followed them. We left the car park around 5.30pm. By then I had done more than enough walking (inc Merrivale, Leeden Tor and Stanlake).

Hart Tor north rows
Hart Tor north rows submitted by AngieLake : It is a very picturesque valley around the Meavy, and some tin working was done in the past. Maybe this ruin was associated with those works? SandyG's walk on 14th May.

Hart Tor north rows
Hart Tor north rows submitted by AngieLake : SandyG and Dave Parks inspect a ruin down by the river Meavy. On the way to Hart Tor stone rows, 14th May.

Hart Tor north rows
Hart Tor north rows submitted by AngieLake : These two huge stones stood beside a trackway leading up the Meavy towards Hart Tor stone rows. (That must be Hart Tor above the stone on R?) Sandy and Dave were down near the river inspecting a ruin. Photos show there are a lot of large stones lying around; plenty of building material. 14 May 2019 (2 comments)

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Hart Tor north rows submitted by Postman : The grass is always greener, from on top of Black tor.

Hart Tor north rows
Hart Tor north rows submitted by Postman : From the other side of the river

Hart Tor north rows
Hart Tor north rows submitted by Postman : Stone row comes up from the river

Hart Tor north rows
Hart Tor north rows submitted by Postman : Another drainage ditch cuts up a stone row.

Hart Tor north rows
Hart Tor north rows submitted by Postman : Stone row leading to a stone circle. How very Breton.

Hart Tor north rows
Hart Tor north rows submitted by Postman : The cairn with no stone row, the stones behind it lead to a stone circle and another cairn.

Hart Tor north rows
Hart Tor north rows submitted by SandyG : The double row and kerbed cairn. View from west.

Hart Tor north rows
Hart Tor north rows submitted by SandyG : The stone rows and cairns at Hart Tor. The cairns are top left and the rows lead down slope to the right. View from north west.

Hart Tor north rows
Hart Tor north rows submitted by SandyG : The southern cairn stands between the two stone rows on the edge of a later tinwork. View from west.

Hart Tor north rows
Hart Tor north rows submitted by SandyG : Plan of the southern cairn.

Hart Tor north rows
Hart Tor north rows submitted by SandyG : Plan of the cairns at the upper end of the stone rows.

Hart Tor north rows
Hart Tor north rows submitted by SandyG : Plan of the stone rows and cairns at Hart Tor together with later tinworking remains.

Hart Tor north rows
Hart Tor north rows submitted by SandyG : Plan of the stone rows and cairns at Hart Tor.

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Re: Hartor North by TheCaptain on Thursday, 17 June 2004
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Hart Tor Stone Rows, Hart Tor, Dartmoor, Devon SX577717
Visited Friday, 4th June 2004

Situated on the south-western slopes of Hart Tor, just across the river Meavy from Black Tor can be found the two Hart Tor stone rows. Parking is available beside the B3212 to the south west of Black Tor, leaving a walk of less than half a mile to the rows, but it can be tricky getting across the river in wet times.

The northern of the rows is a double row avenue which has its lower end at the river Meavy and progresses up the hillside in an easterly direction to a nice cairn at the upper end, 125 metres distant. It has been said that in the past, the lower end of the rows was marked with a giant monolith, which no longer remains. The two rows are about 1.7 metres apart, and the stones less than 2 feet in height. The cairn at the top of this avenue is about 9m in diameter, and is surrounded by a lovely ring of 15 stone slabs. It is possible that there is another ring of stones still present within the cairn.

Just to the south of the cairn circle is another, slightly smaller, cairn with a remaining circle of only small stones. The southern row leads downhill from here at an angle which takes it slightly away from the northern avenue. The stones are much smaller, and the row is much more ruined than its neighbour, and has a length of about 60 metres. Where the original end was is open to question.

Both rows have been cut through in the past by tin workers, with a large ditch and also a leat.
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