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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Leeden Tor
Country: England County: Devon Type: Stone Row / Alignment
Nearest Town: Princetown
Map Ref: SX5652271474  Landranger Map Number: 202
Latitude: 50.525409N  Longitude: 4.025531W
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
2 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.
4 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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Anne T visited on 14th May 2019 - their rating: Cond: 2 Amb: 3 Access: 5 Leeden Tor Stone Row: It was now the afternoon of 14th May. Having driven from Merrivale to the small car park nearest this site at SX 56725 71397, we had 10-15 minutes to spare before everyone arrived. In the meantime, Sandy led us up the hill to look at this stone row. By this time the wind was howling around us, with strong gusts that threatened to blow me over - thank goodness for my walking poles! I took a little satisfaction in watching the small group of soldiers out on exercise also being pummelled by the wind. When the stones in the row and the cairn at its head were pointed out to me, I could see the alignment and also its relationship to the reave. Whilst this stone row is near the car park, the tussocky grass made walking a little tricky.

SandyG visited on 13th May 2015 - their rating: Cond: 2 Amb: 4 Access: 4 Car parking is available at SX 56728 71395. From here walk a short distance north west up the slope.



Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 2 Ambience: 3.5 Access: 4.5

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Leeden Tor submitted by Brian Byng : Leeden Tor - Cairn at upper end SX 5653 7147. A scrappy row 107 m long but with only 4 stones still upright. Cairn 6m dia with large central pit. Runs NW - SE with cairn at uphill N W end. The cairn Has a reeve cutting across it and the row has another reeve cutting across. Reeve - local word for a prehitoric field boundary maade from roughly assembled granite blocks now sometimes on... (Vote or comment on this photo)
Stone Row on the slopes of Leeden Tor, Dartmoor, Devon

Leeden Tor Cairn lies at the upper end of this scrappy row 107 m long but with only 4 stones still upright. Cairn 6m dia with large central pit. Runs NW - SE with cairn at uphill N W end. The cairn Has a reeve cutting across it and the row has another reeve cutting across. Reeve - local word for a prehitoric field boundary maade from roughly assembled granite blocks now sometimes only traces exist as here. Reeve building on Dartmoor circa 1400 BC. Seems likely that the rows predate the reeves. Tricky to find a GPS helps. I show 2 pics of the row and one of a reeve with a fallen slab from the row in the foreground.

Update July 2019: This stone row is recorded as part of Pastscape Monument No. 440155 and MDV5023 (Stone row south-east of Leeden Tor, Walkhampton Common) on the Devon and Dartmoor HER. The row is also scheduled as Historic England List Entry No. 1011191.

The row is also featured on Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW): Leeden Tor Stone Row and the Sharpitor area Stone Rows and Cists, plus The Stone Rows of Great Britain: Leeden Tor, which includes a description, a plan of the row and its location with the landscape, photographs, access information and a list of online resources for more information. The SRoGB also includes a separate entry for Sea Views at Leeden Tor.

There is an interesting variation of opinions between the different sources of information:
Historic England says: "Th(e) cairn (at the head of the row) is earlier than the reave, to which it is connected, and is probably associated with the nearby stone alignment which is aligned onto the cairn, though it now terminates 28m from the mound. The stone alignment is 132m long and includes a single row of 16 stones. The stones stand between 0.2m and 0.7m high and are spaced at regular intervals of about 13m".
Pastscape tells us the alignment can be traced for about 40m, with seven protruding stones visible at the northern end; the stones "fall into no recognisable pattern".
Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks quotes from Butler (Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities, volume 3, page 50): "At least fourteen stones remain in line, four only still earthfast towards the lower end and the rest either flat or buried ... There is no indication whether the present length of 165m is close to the original".
The Stone Rows of Great Britain (SandyG) has carried out the most recent survesy, in 2013 and 2015, concluding this is a "single stone row, length 165m. No. of stones: 14. Altitude 360m. Upper end has a cairn". The row also has restricted views of the sea.
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Leeden Tor submitted by SandyG : Map showing the position of the Leeden Tor stone row relative to the Stanlake and Hart Tor rows. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Leeden Tor submitted by SandyG : Looking eastward along the row following vegetation clearance (13 May 2015). (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Leeden Tor submitted by SandyG : The cairn at the top of the row. View from above and the east. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Leeden Tor submitted by SandyG : The row leading up the hillside. View from the south east. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Leeden Tor submitted by SandyG : The eastern length of the alignment. View from west. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Leeden Tor submitted by SandyG : Looking south eastward along the eastern length of the row.

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Leeden Tor submitted by Anne T : A short part of the row, three white stone, just protrude out of the grass. About 100m from the small car park, up the hill, looking virtually due east. Sad to say that if Sandy and his Intrepid Expedition Group hadn't been here, I would have struggled to recognise this as an authentic stone row.

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Leeden Tor submitted by Anne T : Standing just to the west of the stones looking over their diagonal line (running from bottom right to middle-centre-left of the photo) to the tors above. Shame it was so, so windy. The views from the hillside and the rock formations really needed to be appreciated more.

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Leeden Tor submitted by Anne T : A view of the stones leading up the hillside away from the B3212.

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Leeden Tor submitted by Anne T : The cairn towards the northern end of the row, looking down its length of Leeden Tor stone row towards the small car park at SX 56725 71397 at the side of the B3212. Due to the high winds and trying to keep up with everyone, I didn't quite make it to the top of the hill and the larger stones.

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Leeden Tor submitted by AngieLake : Dave, Gordon, SandyG and Janet are near the row on the way back down to our cars. AnneT is in the background. (Outing led by SandyG on 14th May. After this he showed us the beautiful settlement at Stanlake across the main road below.)

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Leeden Tor submitted by AngieLake : A distinctive pointed stone at the top end of the row, maybe once part of the ruined cairn?? A herd of sheep were making their way up the hill above it. 14.5.19

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Leeden Tor submitted by AngieLake : Unsure whether these are part of the stone row or a spoiled cairn. Gradually getting closer to the summit with the pile of granite rocks of Leeden Tor.

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Leeden Tor submitted by AngieLake : Higher up again, two stones that must be part of the row on Leeden Tor. 14.5.19

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Leeden Tor submitted by AngieLake : Looking back down hill to the group, from the earth-fast longer stone in previous photo.

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Leeden Tor submitted by AngieLake : A sizeable stone here, that presumably once belonged to the row.

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Leeden Tor submitted by AngieLake : Looking downhill, a bit further up from the 'goddess' style stone. I'd walked on ahead of the group led by SandyG that day. 14.5.19

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Leeden Tor submitted by AngieLake : Close up of the curiously-shaped stone in the Leeden Tor row. It reminded me of those ancient Mother Earth goddess figures. 14 May.

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Leeden Tor submitted by AngieLake : An interesting stone further up the row.

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Leeden Tor submitted by AngieLake : At the lower end of the row on the SE side of Leeden Tor. 14th May.

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Leeden Tor submitted by SandyG : View of the single stone row from the north west.

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Leeden Tor submitted by SandyG : The southern length of the row. View from west.

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Leeden Tor submitted by SandyG : This row comprises a small number of large stones. A reave crosses the row at one point. The row had been abandoned before the reave was built. This view is of the southern end of the row. View from west.

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Leeden Tor submitted by Brian Byng : view looking northwest

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