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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Holne Moor
Country: England County: Devon Type: Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue
Nearest Town: Buckfastleigh  Nearest Village: Dartmeet
Map Ref: SX6743171042  Landranger Map Number: 202
Latitude: 50.524101N  Longitude: 3.871566W
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.
4 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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graemefield visited on 8th Sep 2016 - their rating: Cond: 2 Amb: 4 Access: 3

SandyG visited on 14th Apr 2013 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 3 Car parking is available at SX 67544 71401. From here head south across the open moorland for about 400m.

TheCaptain have visited here

Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 2.5 Ambience: 4 Access: 3

Holne Moor
Holne Moor submitted by TheCaptain : View looking north at the western (uphill) end, where the three stone rows meet their blocking stones, and then the fallen longstones. (Vote or comment on this photo)
Holne Moor Triple Stone Row in Devon, 150 m long. Most of the stones hardly show above the peat. There is a fallen 3.4m longstone at the Western end.

The row azimuth is 112 deg.

Viewed from the lower Eastern end the fallen longstone & companions would have been prominent cutting the western skyline. Declination for western skyline is 15.57. Star spica 3200 BC or May Day sunset?

Update October 2019: This stone row is featured on the Stone Rows of Great Britain website - see their entry for Holne Moor, which includes as description, a simplified plan of the row, photographs of the alignments along its length and across its three rows, access information and a list of online resources for more information. The SRoGB notes: "The alignment is composed mainly of tiny stones that barely protrude through the turf … (a) field boundary is parallel to the rows and forms the southern edge of the substantial Bronze Age Yar Tor coaxial field system ... The relationship with the field boundary may suggest that this alignment was afforded respect by the field system builders or alternatively it was built afterwards. If the latter this would suggest that stone rows remained in use during the Middle Bronze Age – an explanation that is contradicted by evidence from elsewhere on Dartmoor".

The row is also recorded as Pastscape Monument No. 443069 and as MDV12983 (Alignment) on the Devon and Dartmoor HER. This triple stone row is also scheduled as part of Historic England List Entry No. 1020487 (Part of the Dartmeet coaxial field system and other archaeological remains on Holne Moor west and north west of Venford Reservoir).

The row is also featured on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website - see their entry for the Holne Moor Stone Row, which adds: "(this is) A standing stone and triple stone row lying in a secluded position, across the head of a shallow, north facing valley. It measures 147 metres long with rows on average 1.5 m apart. The stones, fifty three of which were located, have a maximum height of 0.2 m and are spaced about 1.1 m apart, each opposite the stone of the adjacent row. There is also a possible former standing stone which is now recumbent".

Note: Large chunks of Holne Moor are up for auction on March 26th including cairns, a hut circle, and what's described as an 'ancient walkway', which is presumably this stone row. See the latest comment on our page
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Holne Moor
Holne Moor submitted by TheCaptain : The western, uphill end has two fallen longstones which would have been positions across the ends of each of the southern and central rows, a socket hole being present at the northern row. The central stone is more than three metres in length. There is no apparent obvious cairn here. About a metre downrow (right here), the rows proper start, with a cross set blocking stone at the head of all ... (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Holne Moor submitted by Bladup : Holne Moor stone row, The Western end. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Holne Moor
Holne Moor submitted by Brian Byng : Holne Moor Stone Row. Triple Stone Row SX 6743 7106 150 m long. Most of the stones hardly show above the peat. There is a fallen 3.4m longstone at the Western end. The row azimuth is 112. Viewed from the lower Eastern end the fallen longstone & companions would have been prominent cutting the western skyline. Declination for western skyline is 15.57. Star spica 3200 BC or May Day sunset? (Vote or comment on this photo)

Holne Moor
Holne Moor submitted by SandyG : This alignment is no less important because only small stones were selected by its builders. Visually it is certainly less spectacular but despite this it provides tangible evidence of prehistoric ritual. View from north west. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Holne Moor submitted by SandyG : Minilithic monuments such as this are a reminder that prehistoric ritual were not always built on a grand scale and indeed sites such as these may have once been much more common than those containing large stones which by their very nature are more robust. We all need to remember that significant but ephemeral sites such as these still await discovery. View from north west. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Holne Moor
Holne Moor submitted by SandyG : Rows of tiny stones protruding through the turf. View from north west.

Holne Moor
Holne Moor submitted by SandyG : The tiny stones forming this triple stone row illustrates the ephemeral character of these sites. The survival of such fragile monuments is surprising on the one hand and fortunate on the other. View from north west.

Holne Moor
Holne Moor submitted by Bladup : Holne Moor stone row, You can just see some of the very low buried stones in this photo.

Holne Moor
Holne Moor submitted by Bladup : Holne Moor stone row, The Western end.

Holne Moor
Holne Moor submitted by TheCaptain : The western, uphill end has two fallen longstones which would have been positions across the ends of each of the southern and central rows, a socket hole being present at the northern row. The central stone is more than three metres in length. There is no apparent obvious cairn here. About a metre downrow from these, the rows proper start, with a cross set blocking stone at the head of all th...

Holne Moor
Holne Moor submitted by TheCaptain

Holne Moor
Holne Moor submitted by TheCaptain : The western, uphill end has two fallen longstones which would have been positions across the ends of each of the southern and central rows, a socket hole being present at the northern row. The three rows then run away to the southeast.

Holne Moor
Holne Moor submitted by TheCaptain : the stones are very small, mostly with only the tops poking out above the turf. In places, particularly near the top, the rows are all very clear, but in other places, most of the stones are either missing or completely buried. Far more stones are missing than can be found.

Holne Moor
Holne Moor submitted by TheCaptain : The stones are very small, mostly with only the tops poking out above the turf. In places, particularly near the top, the rows are all very clear, but in other places, most of the stones are either missing or completely buried. Far more stones are missing than can be found.

Holne Moor
Holne Moor submitted by TheCaptain : At the southeastern end, in a lowpoint before the ground rises again, there seems to be a single, fairly large triangular shaped stone placed across the central or northern row, which may once have been a blocking stone marking the proper end of the monument.

Holne Moor
Holne Moor submitted by Brian Byng : Holne Moor Stone Row. Triple Stone Row SX 6743 7106 150 m long. Most of the stones hardly show above the peat. There is a fallen 3.4m longstone at the Western end. The row azimuth is 112. Viewed here looking east from the fallen longstone.

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SWW LOT 19 and 23, Vennford, Holne Moor by Andy B on Saturday, 28 February 2015
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Holne Moor - Parts of it are up for Auction March 26th by AngieLake on Saturday, 28 February 2015
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Parcels of historic land on Dartmoor are up for grabs in an auction on March 26.

Among the sites being sold off by South West Water (SWW) are 358-acres of land at Holne featuring cairns, a hut circle and an ancient walkway.

The site, next to Venford Reservoir and within Dartmoor National Park, has a guide price of £45,000 and encompasses much of Holne Moor - consisting of undulating heathland, the company’s auction guide says.

Another 195-acres at Holne are up for sale in a separate auction whic is described as ‘a once-in-a-lifetime’ chance to buy a substantial parcel of historic moorland, with views across to Venford Reservoir and Dartmoor beyond. This site has a £27,000 guide price and incorporates a number of historical features including a former mine works, cairns and stone circle.

More details in our forum and at http://www.southwestwater-auctions.co.uk
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Re: Holne Moor by TheCaptain on Tuesday, 05 October 2010
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Holne Moor treble stone row, SX 6743 7105 to SX 6757 7099
Visited Sunday, 26th September 2010.
Access 3, Ambience 4, Condition 3

This is a triple stone row which runs approximately northwest to southeast roughly parallel to an old reave or boundary wall, and is about 150 metres in length. The western, uphill end has two fallen longstones which would have been positions across the ends of each of the southern and central rows, a socket hole being present at the northern row. The central stone is more than three metres in length. There is no apparent obvious cairn here.

About a metre downrow from these, the rows proper start, with a cross set blocking stone at the head of all three rows, with the central stone again being much the largest. The three rows then run away to the southeast, but all the stones are very small, mostly with only the tops poking out above the turf. In places, particularly near the top, the rows are all very clear, but in other places, most of the stones are either missing or completely buried. Far more stones are missing than can be found.

At the southeastern end, in a lowpoint before the ground rises again, there seems to be a single, fairly large triangular shaped stone placed across the central or northern row, which may once have been a blocking stone marking the proper end of the monument.
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    Re: Holne Moor by Anonymous on Thursday, 12 March 2015
    Brilliant! Checking the May Day sunset against the horizon shouldn''t be too difficult. It''s about the sixth or seventh of May nowadays. The alignment should be good for Saint''s Day sunset, in November, too ...
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