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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Shovel Down row 4 Alternative Name: Shovel Down Row C (Worth)
Country: England County: Devon Type: Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue
Nearest Town: Chagford  Nearest Village: Teigncombe
Map Ref: SX65988595  Landranger Map Number: 191
Latitude: 50.657763N  Longitude: 3.897404W
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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Anne T visited on 16th May 2019 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 3 Shovel Down Row 4: From Shovel Down Cairn Row 4, this row started just to the north west, the stones ‘marching’ steadily downhill. These stones were similar in size to the Drizzlecombe Stone Rows 1 & 2, but largely hidden in tall grass. Whilst everyone else walked down to the Fourfold Stone Circle to start a well deserved lunch break, and see the start of Shovel Down Row 2, I paused to take photographs of row 4. The row reminded me more than a little of Standingstone Rigg in Northumberland, with the size of the stones and the steepness of the slope down which the stones ran (not literally!).

graemefield visited on 15th May 2016 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 3

SandyG visited on 28th Apr 2013 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 4 Car parking is available at SX 66205 86548. From here head SSW across open moorland to the stone rows.

TheCaptain cazzyjane have visited here

Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 3.33 Ambience: 4.33 Access: 3.33

Shovel Down row 4
Shovel Down row 4 submitted by thecaptain : A typical Dartmoor avenue, seen here from the northern end, running off up the hillside to the south. (Vote or comment on this photo)
Double Stone Row between SX65928600 and SX66008593 making up part of the Shovel Down complex of sites on eastern Dartmoor

Shovel Down double stone row 4 is again a typical Dartmoor avenue, and can be seen just to the south west of the fourfold circle, running off up the hillside to the south. This row is completely to the west of the reave built through the site, and has escaped the destruction that row 3 has suffered, and is today probably the most complete of all the Shovel Down rows.

The row is about 120 metres in length, made with nicely paired stones set about a metre and a half from each other.

The southern end of this row is at the top of a reasonably steep hillside, where it runs down from a 7 metre diameter cairn with a central pit, recorded separately - see our entry for SID 28953 (Shovel Down Cairn Row 4). There is no obvious terminus to the row at the northern end, a few yards west of the fourfold circle.

Update November 2019: This row is recorded as part of the entry for Pastscape Monument No. 443524 (row C), as MDC14875 (Alignment C on Shovel Down). The alignment is also scheduled as part of Historic England List Entry No. 1017874 (The North Teign coaxial field system (western part) and associated later remains at Shovel Down, Stonetor Hill and Long Ridge).

The row is also featured on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks website - see their entries for Shovel Down Row C and the Shovel Down Complex.

Further information, together with a plan of the site, photographs and a description can also be found on The Stone Rows of Great Britain website - see their entry for Shoveldown 4, which includes a description, a plan of the monuments on Shoveldown showing their relationships to each other, photographs of the alignment, access information and a list of online resources for more information.
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Shovel Down row 4
Shovel Down row 4 submitted by AngieLake : Stopping to look back down Row 4 (Worth's C-F), with Row 2 and the Fourfold circle just above centre, Batworthy Corner upper right, and Cosdon dominating the northern horizon. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Shovel Down row 4
Shovel Down row 4 submitted by Bladup : Shovel Down row 4, Looking uphill and South (Vote or comment on this photo)

Shovel Down row 4
Shovel Down row 4 submitted by Bladup : Shovel Down row 4, Middle of the Row, looking North over the fourfold circle and it's associated Rows (Vote or comment on this photo)

Shovel Down row 4
Shovel Down row 4 submitted by Bladup : Shovel Down row 4, Northern End, looking North (Vote or comment on this photo)

Shovel Down row 4
Shovel Down row 4 submitted by AngieLake : Looking south, up Row 4, at Shovel Down on Spring Equinox 2012. (NB: ADMINS.. just posted up another Row 4, wrongly titled 'Row 3'! Can you please alter number for me. Thanks.) (Vote or comment on this photo)

Shovel Down row 4
Shovel Down row 4 submitted by Anne T : Standing slightly further down slope (about half way along the row), looking back towards the cairn (just over the brow of the hill). The steepness of the slope and the double nature of the row reminded me very much of Standingstone Rigg in Northumberland (although these stones cross the slope at an angle. Sadly Standingstone Rigg has now been discounted as a proper stone row). Photograph taken 16...

Shovel Down row 4
Shovel Down row 4 submitted by Anne T : The tallest stone in row 4. Just on the right hand/top edge of the photo are our group gathered for a well-deserved lunch at the head of Row 2. Photograph taken 16th May 2019.

Shovel Down row 4
Shovel Down row 4 submitted by Anne T : Standing part of the way down the slope, looking southwards along the row, back towards the cairn. Most of the stones here are smallish and hidden amongst the clumps of grass, but still visible if you walk the line of this double row. Photograph taken 16th May 2019.

Shovel Down row 4
Shovel Down row 4 submitted by Anne T : From the cairn, looking northwards and downslope along the row, which runs to the left of the track (the darker green line). Photograph taken 16th May 2019.

Shovel Down row 4
Shovel Down row 4 submitted by SandyG : Looking northward and downslope along the row. 5 July 2016.

Shovel Down row 4
Shovel Down row 4 submitted by SandyG : Looking southward and upslope along the row. 5 July 2016.

Shovel Down row 4
Shovel Down row 4 submitted by graemefield : Double stone row on Shovel down in May 2016

Shovel Down row 4
Shovel Down row 4 submitted by SandyG : Detail of the row showing considerable variation in the size of stones. View from east (28th April 2013).

Shovel Down row 4
Shovel Down row 4 submitted by SandyG : This row is also disappearing slowly under encroaching vegetation. View from the south east (28th April 2013).

Shovel Down row 4
Shovel Down row 4 submitted by SandyG : This row like most on Dartmoor is far from straight. View from north west (28th April 2013).

Shovel Down row 4
Shovel Down row 4 submitted by SandyG : Double row ascending a relatively steep slope. View from the north west (28th April 2013).

Shovel Down row 4
Shovel Down row 4 submitted by Bladup : Shovel Down row 4.

Shovel Down row 4
Shovel Down row 4 submitted by Bladup

Shovel Down row 4
Shovel Down row 4 submitted by AngieLake : A zoomed in view from the previous position in Row 4, with Scorhill just visible above the dip in the trees of Batworthy (approx centre of photo).

Shovel Down row 4 Cairn
Shovel Down row 4 Cairn submitted by thecaptain : At the southern end of row 4 is a 7 metre diameter cairn with a central pit. This is the view looking west.

Shovel Down row 4
Shovel Down row 4 submitted by thecaptain : At the southern end of row 4 is a 7 metre diameter cairn with a central pit. This is the view from the top of the row.

Shovel Down row 4
Shovel Down row 4 submitted by thecaptain : Seen here looking north from near the top of the row. Much of the rest of the Shovel Down complex can be seen (just) in this view. Row 4 continues in a straight line to the left of the green trackway. Just beyond where the dark trackway cuts across the picture, row 2 can be seen heading off at an angle to the right. And just beyond that, row 3 can just be made out as a darker line heading off a...

Shovel Down row 4
Shovel Down row 4 submitted by thecaptain : Viewed here halfway up the hillside looking south.

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 50m NW 322° Shovel Down* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX65958599)
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 1.2km NNW 336° The Tolmen Stone (Dartmoor)* Natural Stone / Erratic / Other Natural Feature (SX65508708)
 1.4km NNW 337° Scorhill Cairn and Rows* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX65488721)
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