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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Ringmoor Down Stone Row
Country: England County: Devon Type: Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue
Nearest Town: Princetown  Nearest Village: Sheepstor
Map Ref: SX56416617  Landranger Map Number: 202
Latitude: 50.477712N  Longitude: 4.02507W
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.
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
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Catrinm visited on 10th Apr 2023 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 3 Some of the stones of the row are disappearing under the turf. Would any conservation organisation e interested in gently and clearing the top turn around them?. happy to help with guidance?

Catrinm visited on 16th Jan 2022 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 4 First visit to Ringmoor in 30 years

michelle_b007 visited on 8th Aug 2019 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 3

SandyG visited on 4th Jul 2016 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 5 Access: 3 Car parking is available at SX 55482 65728. From here walk northward keeping Brisworthy Plantation on your right. When the northern end of the plantation is reached cross the stile and head east towards the row which is about 750m away.

TheCaptain Andy B cazzyjane have visited here

Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 3.25 Ambience: 4.25 Access: 3.25

Ringmoor Down Stone Row
Ringmoor Down Stone Row submitted by mattimpey : The Stone Row / Avenue on Ringmoor terminates at the Stone Circle / Cairn Circle. (Vote or comment on this photo)
On the top of the open moor that is Ringmoor Down, to the north of Brisworthy and its stone circle, this tremendous cairn circle and 369m long stone row are to be found, although they were "restored" in 1909, supposedly not very accurately, and as a result little is known as to its original length or format.

The stone row heads off to the north from the cairn circle, at places seemingly a single row, at other places a double row, although this is probably attributed to its restoration as none of the stones at the uphill (cairn) end were still standing prior to that, all having been knocked over or moved by medieval ploughing, remnants of which can clearly be seen.

The only original stones of the row are at the northern end, and these stones are much smaller or more buried under the turf than the upper parts of the row. However, they remain nicely aligned and spaced at about 1.7m from each other.

At the northern end of the row is a nice 1.2 m tall pillar, re-erected where it was found, possibly in its original position, nowadays in the centre of a large marshy puddle.

Update November 2019: This alignment is featured on the Stone Rows of Great Britain website - see their entry for Ringmoor Down, which includes a description, a simplified plan of the row with the terminal cairn at its southern end, a plan showing the location of the row in relation to the later medieval field boundaries, photographs of the alignment, access information and a list of online resources for more information. The SRoGB also includes an additional entry to discuss and illustrate the Sea Views at Ringmoor Down.

The row is also recorded as Pastscape Monument No. 438671 (stone row and cairn circle) and as MV3986 (Stone Row on Ringmoor Down) on the Devon and Dartmoor HER. The row is also scheduled as Historic England List Entry No. 1012246 (Stone alignment and terminal cairn with a retaining kerb on Ringmoor Down).

The row is also included on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website - see their pages for the Ringmoor Down Stone Row and the Ringmoor Stone Row & Cairn Circle.
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Ringmoor Down Stone Row
Ringmoor Down Stone Row submitted by Creative Commons : Ringmoor Down Stone Row This row was apparently subject to an ill advised restoration in 1909 and as a result little is known as to its original length or format. Copyright Guy Wareham and licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Ringmoor Down Stone Row
Ringmoor Down Stone Row submitted by caradoc68 : SX 564 661, Ringmoor ringed cairn and stone row. Restored in 1907 and severely criticized by Richard Hansford Worth. the stone circle is said to have five standing stone originally, so what we see today is a complete misrepresentation. The circle itself is 12.6 meter's in diameter. and is a nice site to visit (Vote or comment on this photo)

Ringmoor Down Stone Row
Ringmoor Down Stone Row submitted by Catrinm : Top of row (Vote or comment on this photo)

Ringmoor Down Stone Row
Ringmoor Down Stone Row submitted by TheCaptain : Ringmoor Down Stone Row looking back south uphill towards the circle. April 2013 (Vote or comment on this photo)

Ringmoor Down Stone Row
Ringmoor Down Stone Row submitted by graemefield : A photo circa WW2 showing the stone row and anti glider posts. I believe the stone in the foreground is now missing. A nearby WW2 war memorial just so happens to be identical? Could the stone have been moved and used for this very purpose? (10 comments - Vote or comment on this photo)

Ringmoor Down Stone Row
Ringmoor Down Stone Row submitted by Postman : All the stone row.

Ringmoor Down Stone Row
Ringmoor Down Stone Row submitted by Postman : Looking down the stone row towards its terminus.

Ringmoor Down Stone Row
Ringmoor Down Stone Row submitted by Postman : Near the end of the row, only two are behind us, the stone circle is just over the brow of the hill.

Ringmoor Down Stone Row
Ringmoor Down Stone Row submitted by Bladup : Ringmoor Down Stone Row.

Ringmoor Down Stone Row
Ringmoor Down Stone Row submitted by SandyG : Looking northward along the northern length of the row (5th April 2013).

Ringmoor Down Stone Row
Ringmoor Down Stone Row submitted by mattimpey : The Ringmoor Stone Row / Avenue looking NE.

Ringmoor Down Stone Row
Ringmoor Down Stone Row submitted by mattimpey

Ringmoor Down Stone Row
Ringmoor Down Stone Row submitted by Petercastle : Looking North along the row.

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 346m SW 226° Ringmoor Down Cairn 3* Cairn (SX5615465937)
 369m S 191° Ringmoor Down stone circle* Stone Circle (SX56336581)
 370m S 180° Ringmoor Down* Barrow Cemetery (SX56406580)
 404m SW 228° Ringmoor Down Cairn 4* Ring Cairn (SX5610265907)
 447m SSE 155° Ringmoor Down Cairn 2* Cairn (SX56596576)
 683m S 174° Brisworthy* Stone Circle (SX5646765489)
 696m SSE 166° Ringmoor Down Cairn 1* Cairn (SX56566549)
 1.1km SSW 201° Brisworthy Cup Stone* Rock Art (SX55986516)
 1.2km SE 136° Legis Tor Enclosures* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX572653)
 1.2km S 169° Shadyback Tor settlement* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX566650)
 1.2km ESE 124° Legis Tor Cairns* Cist (SX57396548)
 1.2km ESE 119° Legis Tor East* Cairn (SX57496554)
 1.4km ESE 120° Legis Tor Ossuary* Cist (SX5757365470)
 1.4km ENE 60° Gutter Tor South* Cist (SX5760966828)
 1.5km NNW 346° St Leonard's Well (Sheepstor)* Holy Well or Sacred Spring (SX5607467630)
 1.5km NNW 342° Roman Cross (Sheepstor)* Ancient Cross (SX5595967653)
 1.6km SSE 151° Trowlesworthy Warren Cairn (SX57156477)
 1.6km NE 51° Gutter Tor north* Cairn (SX5767667137)
 1.8km NE 50° Gutter Tor Roundhouse* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX57846732)
 1.8km SW 215° Cadover Cross* Ancient Cross (SX553647)
 1.9km WNW 288° Marchant's Cross* Ancient Cross (SX54626681)
 1.9km SE 146° Trowlesworthy Tor north settlement* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX5745064540)
 2.0km NNE 31° Yellowmead* Stone Circle (SX57486784)
 2.0km NNE 31° Yellowmead row* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX5748267842)
 2.0km ESE 102° Ditsworthy Circle* Cairn (SX58376570)
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