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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Shovel Down row 1 Alternative Name: Shoveldown Rows D, G, H and J
Country: England County: Devon Type: Stone Row / Alignment
Nearest Town: Chagford  Nearest Village: Teigncombe
Map Ref: SX660862  Landranger Map Number: 191
Latitude: 50.660014N  Longitude: 3.897212W
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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Catrinm visited on 18th Sep 2023 - their rating: Cond: 2 Amb: 3 Access: 4 hard to trace, but its there (sep 23) - have to go back in the winter ! saw the quartz stones, flat on ground

Anne T visited on 16th May 2019 - their rating: Cond: 1 Amb: 3 Access: 3 Shovel Down Row 1: My goodness, this row was difficult to spot! Thank goodness for Sandy’s patience, his wellington boots and his pole in pointing out a few of the stones!

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

SandyG visited on 28th Apr 2013 - their rating: Cond: 2 Amb: 5 Access: 4 Car parking is available at SX 66205 86548. From here head SSW across open moorland to the stone rows.

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Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 2 Ambience: 3.67 Access: 3.5

Shovel Down row 1
Shovel Down row 1 submitted by thecaptain : Shovel Down row 1. At the northern end of this ruinous single stone row can be seen a few stones larger than the majority of theose remaining. Most of the remaining stones are very small and difficult to spot under the grass This view is looking southwards along the general direction of the row. (Vote or comment on this photo)
Much ruined single Stone Row, 500m in length, SX66008625 to SX660857, which is a part of the Shovel Down Ceremonial centre on Dartmoor, Devon

Walking from Batworthy Corner, the first part of the Shovel Down complex to be found is the remains of a very ruinous single stone row, which meanders in a southerly direction up and over the hill for over 500m. Most of the remaining stones are very small and hard to spot under the grass, and there are places with big gaps. There are no obvious ends to the row, there being no large end stones or cairns to be seen. However, towards the southerly end, there are quite a few quartz stones, to be seen, which may or may not be a part of the original row.

Update November 2019: This row is recorded as part of the entry for Pastscape Monument No. 443524, where it has been recorded as four separate parts (D, G, H & J), although it is all part of the same row.

The row also features on Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks - see their entry for Shoveldown D-G-H-J Stone Row. PDW also gives a link to the Devon & Dartmoor HER: MDV6181: Alignment G on Shovel Down. The row is also scheduled as part of Historic England List ID 1017874 (The North Teign coaxial field system (western part) and associated later remains at Shovel Down, Stonetor Hill and Long Ridge).

Also see The Stone Rows of Great Britain's entry for Shoveldown 1, which includes a plan showing the relationship between the monuments at Shoveldown, a description, photographs of the row and its individual stones, access information and a list of online resources for more information.
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Shovel Down row 1
Shovel Down row 1 submitted by Anne T : The same large stone, looking east towards Kes Tor. This stone may very well be part of Row 5, but was to the east of the track. Photograph taken 16th May 2019. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Shovel Down row 1
Shovel Down row 1 submitted by Anne T : Standing along the line of row 1, looking north. One stone is just visible in the bottom/right of centre of the photo; Sandy's ranging pole sits by another, with another small grey one in between. Photograph taken 16th May 2019. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Shovel Down row 1
Shovel Down row 1 submitted by Anne T : There was one large stone protruding out of the ground along the line of row 1, so I shot off to photograph it. No mention of this on SRoGB or Butler - the largest stone is meant to be a flat slab 1.05m long, although this stone was also near the highest point of the ridge. After I thought it might have been part of row 5, but then it is about 10-15m to the east of that row. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Shovel Down row 1
Shovel Down row 1 submitted by Anne T : The heel of Sandy G's wellington boot rests on one of the smaller stones of row 1. Photograph taken 16th May 2019. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Shovel Down row 1
Shovel Down row 1 submitted by davep : Shoveldown Rows D, G, H & J. Photograph taken 16th May 2019. Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks. Site 139. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Shovel Down row 1
Shovel Down row 1 submitted by SandyG : Row 1 is composed almost entirely of tiny stones protruding only slightly through the turf. This photograph shows three of these stones. Can you spot them. Most of the others are hidden beneath the dense vegetation that covers much of this area. (28th April 2013).

Shovel Down row 1
Shovel Down row 1 submitted by thecaptain : Shovel Down row 1. Walking from Batworthy Corner, the first part of this site to be found is the remains of a very ruinous single stone row, which meanders in a southerly direction up and over the hill for over 500m. Most of the remaining stones are very small and hard to spot under the grass This view is looking southwest overabout 4 stones just poking through the turf of the trackway. The ...

Shovel Down row 1
Shovel Down row 1 submitted by thecaptain : Shovel Down row 1. Towards the southerly end of this much ruined row, there are quite a few quartz stones to be seen, which may or may not be a part of the original row. This view is looking south towards Fernworthy, and the top of the Shovel Down Longstone can be seen poking above the horizon towards the right.

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 50m W 269° Shovel Down row 2* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX65958620)
 117m WSW 248° Shovel Down row 3* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX65898616)
 177m SSW 195° Shovel Down Fourfold Circle* Stone Circle (SX65958603)
 179m W 269° Shovel Down stone circle* Stone Circle (SX65828620)
 216m SSW 192° Shovel Down* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX65958599)
 251m S 183° Shovel Down row 4* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX65988595)
 310m S 179° Shovel Down Cairn Row 4* Cairn (SX66008589)
 360m SSW 212° Shovel Down Settlement* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX658859)
 390m S 176° Shovel Down row 5* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX66028581)
 521m S 175° The Longstone (Shovel Down)* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX66038568)
 536m E 80° Kes Tor Cairn* Cairn (SX6653286277)
 544m ENE 75° Kestor Settlement* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX66538633)
 554m E 80° Kes Tor Rock Basin* Natural Stone / Erratic / Other Natural Feature (SX66558628)
 600m S 179° Shovel Down row 6* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX660856)
 720m S 176° Three Boys* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX66038548)
 748m S 170° Thornworthy Corner North Cist (SX66118546)
 757m NNE 29° The Round Pound* Ancient Village or Settlement (SX66398685)
 800m S 179° Shovel Down row 7* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX660854)
 804m ENE 65° Modern Stone Circle near Kestor Rock* Modern Stone Circle etc (SX66748652)
 917m SW 230° Stonetor Brookhead East Cist (SX65288563)
 1.0km NNW 329° The Tolmen Stone (Dartmoor)* Natural Stone / Erratic / Other Natural Feature (SX65508708)
 1.0km SW 224° Stonetor Hill Cairn Circle* Cairn (SX6525085470)
 1.1km NNW 331° Scorhill Cairn and Rows* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX65488721)
 1.2km SW 222° Stonetor Hill Stone Ring Cairn Circle Ring Cairn (SX65198535)
 1.3km NNW 334° Scorhill* Stone Circle (SX65468738)
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