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Submitted by thecaptain on Thursday, 04 November 2004  Page Views: 10357

Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Shaugh Moor row
Country: England County: Devon Type: Stone Row / Alignment
 Nearest Village: Lee Moor
Map Ref: SX5543063443  Landranger Map Number: 202
Latitude: 50.452962N  Longitude: 4.037818W
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.
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
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SandyG visited on 22nd Oct 2014 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 2 Access: 4 Road side car parking is available at SX 55337 63758. From here walk south up the hill until you are clear of the china clay dump on your left. Carefully cross the road and head south east across the open moorland for about 260m.

TheCaptain Andy B have visited here

Shaugh Moor row
Shaugh Moor row submitted by Andy B : Stone Row on Dartmoor, but just outside the National Park area. Leads up to the Ring Cairn, you can just see this in the background marked by the star pole. (Vote or comment on this photo)
Stone Row with cairn circle at the uphill end, on a small remaining piece of open moorland in amongst the china clay working spoil tips of Shaugh Moor.

This stone row is about 180 metres long, running slightly downhill from a cairn with surrounding circle, in a northeasterly direction. It seems like most of the stones are still here, but they are not very big, and many of them are quite difficult to see under the grass and in the undergrowth. The row does not seem particularly straight, but the stones are fairly evenly spaced at about 5 to 6 feet apart.

At the southern, upper end, not much remains of the cairn [which has its own site page - seen the Shaugh Moor South Cairn Circle in 'nearby sites' below], but perhaps a few stones can be identified of its surrounding circle. At the lower end, right down by the china clay workings, is the tallest stone of the row, so whether this is the original end of the row seems likely, although the row might well have continued for a much further distance under the clay workings.

Update November 2019: This alignment is featured on the Stone Rows of Great Britain website - see their entry for Shaugh Moor, which includes a description, a plan of the row with its associated cairns, photographs of the alignment, access information and a list of online resources for more information.

The SRoGB also has a separate entry for Sea Views at Shaugh Moor, which describes and illustrates the landscape features and sea views which become visible as you progress along the row.

The row is also featured on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website - see their entry for the Shaugh Moor Stone Row, which adds: "(this is) A single stone row 587 feet long, the spacing of the stones varies between 3 feet and 5 feet, centre to centre. At the Southwest end there is a retaining circle 50 feet in diameter. The stones of the row are very small and sunk into the peat … Where the stones have been removed their original positions can be identified from depressions in the turf".

The row is also recorded as part of Pastscape Monument No. 439236, as MDV2334 (Stone row (and terminal cairn) north-west of Saddleborough) on the Devon and Dartmoor HER, and scheduled as part of Historic England List Entry No. 1002518 (Stone row NW of Saddlesborough).

Note: These sites are just inside the National Park area and there was a lot of publicity that they were under threat from quarrying around 2000.
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Shaugh Moor row
Shaugh Moor row submitted by SandyG : A marked shift in the orientation of the row. View from north east (22 October 2014). (Vote or comment on this photo)

Shaugh Moor row
Shaugh Moor row submitted by SandyG : This row is composed entirely of small stones despite the ready availability of larger ones. View from above and the north east (22nd October 2014). (Vote or comment on this photo)

Shaugh Moor row
Shaugh Moor row submitted by SandyG : Row meandering up the hill. Like most Dartmoor rows this row is far from straight and can be best described as sinuous. View from the north east (24th March 2013). (Vote or comment on this photo)

Shaugh Moor row
Shaugh Moor row submitted by SandyG : The lower end of the row with china clay tip beyond. View from the south (24th March 2013). (Vote or comment on this photo)

Shaugh Moor row
Shaugh Moor row submitted by SandyG : The central length of the row. View from the north east (24th March 2013). (Vote or comment on this photo)

Shaugh Moor row
Shaugh Moor row submitted by SandyG : The upper length of the row. View from the north east (24th March 2013).

Shaugh Moor row
Shaugh Moor row submitted by SandyG : A line of stones winding its way across Shaugh Moor. View from the south east (24th March 2013).

Shaugh Moor row
Shaugh Moor row submitted by Bladup : Shaugh Moor stone row.

Shaugh Moor row
Shaugh Moor row submitted by Bladup

Shaugh Moor row
Shaugh Moor row submitted by thecaptain : The lower end of the row, right down by the china clay workings. Whether or not this is the original end of the row seems likely, although the row might well have continued for a much further distance under the clay workings.

Shaugh Moor row
Shaugh Moor row submitted by thecaptain : It seems like most of the stones are still here, but they are not very big, and many of them are quite difficult to see under the grass and in the undergrowth.

Shaugh Moor row
Shaugh Moor row submitted by Andy B : Stone Row on Dartmoor, but just outside the National Park area. Leads up to the Ring Cairn, marked by the star pole.

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 22m SSW 212° Shaugh Moor South Cairn Circle* Cairn (SX5541863425)
 51m NNW 335° Shaugh Moor North Cairn Circle Cairn (SX5541063490)
 52m SSW 213° Shaugh Moor Circle* Stone Circle (SX554634)
 57m ENE 60° Shaugh Moor Platform Cairn Circle Cairn (SX5548063470)
 115m W 280° Shaugh Moor Cairns* Cairn (SX5531763467)
 146m S 190° Shaugh Moor Settlement* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX554633)
 497m ESE 116° Saddlesborough Ring Cairn (SX55876321)
 944m S 181° Hawk's Tor (Shaugh Moor) Cave or Rock Shelter (SX55396250)
 1.1km S 180° Shaugh Moor South Stone Circle (SX554623)
 1.3km N 353° Cadover Cross* Ancient Cross (SX553647)
 1.4km NW 313° Wigford Down 1* Stone Circle (SX5442464421)
 1.5km SSE 162° Collard Tor W* Stone Row / Alignment (SX5583362045)
 1.5km SSE 162° Collard Tor E* Stone Row / Alignment (SX55856204)
 1.5km SSE 162° Collard Tor circle Stone Circle (SX5584062030)
 1.6km WNW 288° Dewerstone* Causewayed Enclosure (SX53876399)
 1.7km NNW 333° Wigford Down 5* Cairn (SX5470264962)
 1.7km NNW 333° Wigford Down 4* Cairn (SX5469364969)
 1.8km NNW 334° Wigford Down 9 Cairn (SX5469065050)
 1.8km NNE 16° Brisworthy Cup Stone* Rock Art (SX55986516)
 1.9km NE 35° Shadyback Tor settlement* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX566650)
 2.1km ENE 74° Trowlesworthy West enclosure* Ring Cairn (SX57436394)
 2.1km ENE 74° Trowlesworthy West row* Stone Row / Alignment (SX57466397)
 2.2km NE 51° Trowlesworthy Warren Cairn (SX57156477)
 2.2km ENE 74° Trowlesworthy West circle* Stone Circle (SX57556398)
 2.2km ENE 77° Trowlesworthy* Barrow Cemetery (SX57606390)
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Re: Shaugh Moor by Andy B on Thursday, 04 November 2004
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A few years ago this whole moor was in danger of being quarried, I'll have to find out the latest on this. I covered this development in 2000 for 3rd Stone Site Watch here: http://www.stonehenge.ukf.net/dquarry.htm
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