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Submitted by Brian Byng on Wednesday, 20 October 2004  Page Views: 6279

Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Penn Beacon SW
Country: England County: Devon Type: Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue
Nearest Town: Ivybridge  Nearest Village: Lee Moor
Map Ref: SX5952062471  Landranger Map Number: 202
Latitude: 50.445221N  Longitude: 3.979878W
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
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.
2 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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SandyG visited on 7th Jul 2013 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 2 Car parking is available at SX 57055 63069. From here take the track leading north east which follows the northern edge of the Whitehill Yeo china clay pit. Follow this track to SX 59215 62584 then head ESE for about 330m.

Penn Beacon SW
Penn Beacon SW submitted by SandyG : Double row in the foreground with cairn beyond. View from south west (7th July 2013). (Vote or comment on this photo)
Double Stone Row on the slopes of Penn Beacon, Dartmoor, Devon

Burl gives the location as SX 595 625. I know it to be SX 5952 6247. It is a very short, 14m long double row descending from a large & prominent cairn. There are just two pairs of stones near the cairn but others show through the turf in line downhill. There is no obvious end to the row & it is not known how long it was or how many stones really remain.

Update November 2019: This row is featured on the Stone Rows of Great Britain website - see their entry for Penn Beacon, South West, which tells us: "(this row is) a double stone row measuring 5.8m long, including 4 medium-sized stones situated on a south west facing slope. The row is orientated north east to south west and leads from a large cairn. This row was almost certainly originally much longer".

The SRoGB entry also includes a plan of the stone alignment and its associated cairn, photographs of the alignment, the cairn and the individual stones, access information and a list of online resources for more information.

The row is also recorded as Pastscape Monument No. 439282, as MDV2399 (Stone row 600 metres south-west of Penn Beacon) on the Devon and Dartmoor HER, and scheduled as Historic England List ID 1017400 (Double stone alignment with a large cairn south-west of Penn Beacon).

This row is also included on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website - see their entry for the Penn Beacon S.W. Stone Row, which gives us a link to "Researches into some ancient tumuli on Dartmoor" by Bate, 1872, which includes Pennbeacon.
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Penn Beacon SW
Penn Beacon SW submitted by Brian Byng : Penn Beacon. I only know of two rows on Penn Beacon both exist and both are referred to by others. I attach a photo of Penn Beacon SW scanned in from a slide. Burl gives the location as SX 595 625. I know it to be SX 5952 6247. It is a very short, 14m long double row descending from a large & prominent cairn. There are just two pairs of stones near the cairn but others show through the... (Vote or comment on this photo)

Penn Beacon SW
Penn Beacon SW submitted by SandyG : Double row leading downhill from a substantial cairn. View from south (7th July 2013). (Vote or comment on this photo)

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SX5962 : Penn Beacon, South West prehistoric stone row by Sandy Gerrard
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SX5962 : Penn Beacon - Dartmoor by Richard Knights
by Richard Knights
SX5962 : Cairn on the Hillside by Tony Atkin
by Tony Atkin
SX5962 : Muddy quad bike track by jeff collins
by jeff collins
SX5962 : Reave below Penn Beacon by Guy Wareham
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 16m NE 46° Penn Beacon 1 Cairn Circle & Cist* Cairn (SX5953262482)
 361m NE 49° Penn Beacon NE Stone Row / Alignment (SX598627)
 372m SE 125° Penn Beacon Platform Cairn Circle Cairn (SX59826225)
 432m ENE 78° Penn Beacon SE* Stone Row / Alignment (SX5994762546)
 553m NE 49° Penn Moor Reave West Misc. Earthwork (SX59956282)
 594m NE 39° Penn Beacon Cairn* Cairn (SX59916292)
 681m N 353° Shell Top South-West stone row* Stone Row / Alignment (SX59466315)
 883m ENE 60° Penn Moor Reave East Misc. Earthwork (SX60306289)
 979m N 350° Shell Top South West* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX59386344)
 1.0km ENE 75° High-house Waste Ancient Village or Settlement (SX60506270)
 1.0km W 259° Cholwichtown stone row* Stone Row / Alignment (SX585623)
 1.1km WSW 257° Cholwich Town Cairn Circle* Stone Circle (SX58466225)
 1.2km NW 311° Lee Moor Settlement* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX586633)
 1.3km NW 318° Shell Top Chambered Cairn* Cairn (SX58666349)
 1.3km N 9° Shell Top Platform Cairn Circle Cairn (SX5976163799)
 1.4km NNE 11° Shell Top Cairn Circle Ring Cairn (SX5983063830)
 1.7km NW 315° Lee Moor South* Stone Row / Alignment (SX5835963682)
 1.7km NW 316° Hanging Stone (Lee Moor)* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX58376371)
 2.0km ESE 121° Rook Tor Ring Cairn (SX612614)
 2.0km E 79° Dendles Waste* Cairn (SX61536279)
 2.2km NNW 332° Upper Spanish Lake* Cist (SX58546445)
 2.3km NW 304° Trowlesworthy East row* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX57626383)
 2.4km NW 305° Trowlesworthy* Barrow Cemetery (SX57606390)
 2.4km S 169° Delamore House dolmen* Modern Stone Circle etc (SX5991760112)
 2.4km NW 307° Trowlesworthy East circle* Stone Circle (SX57656398)
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