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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Shovel Down row 2 Alternative Name: Shoveldown Stone Row B (Worth); Shovel Down A-B stone row (PMD); Butler (map 36.7.2)
Country: England County: Devon Type: Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue
Nearest Town: Chagford  Nearest Village: Teigncombe
Map Ref: SX65958620  Landranger Map Number: 191
Latitude: 50.660003N  Longitude: 3.897919W
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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Anne T visited on 16th May 2019 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 5 Access: 3 Shovel Down Row 2 with fallen standing stones: We enjoyed a much welcome lunch break at the two pillar stones at the head (southern end) of row 2. Angie got some photographs of Andy B sitting on the larger of the two pillars, and later I wished I’d have stood over her shoulder to get similar shots. I didn’t walk to the northern most end of this stone circle, as I thought we proposed to visit it on the way back to the car park, but we took a slightly different route, so didn’t see the stones at its other terminus. By this time of the day, the number of monuments we'd seen already was getting a little overwhelming (so many in such a relatively small piece of moorland), I was really glad I’ been very careful to write down the numbers of the photographs I’d taken for each monument, making it easier to sort the photos out into ‘which monument was which’ that evening.

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.

jeffrep visited on 21st May 2011 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 4

TheCaptain AngieLake cazzyjane have visited here

Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 3.25 Ambience: 4.5 Access: 3.5

Shovel Down row 2
Shovel Down row 2 submitted by AngieLake : Looking in the opposite direction from Simcon's picture, the fallen portals are in the foreground of this photo and show the avenue leading up to them, and to the concentric circle or cairn. (Taken on cheap single-use camera, as were the recent Scorhill postings) (Vote or comment on this photo)
Double Stone Row between SX65958620 to SX65958603, making up part of the Shovel Down complex of sites on eastern Dartmoor

As you approach Shovel Down from Batworthy Corner, the most obvious part of the site which comes into view is the upper end of double row 2. It is of the typical Dartmoor style of double row, with paired stones placed about one and a half metres apart, the pairs of stones generally increasing in height towards a cairn at the upper end. What is seen of this row is the remains of the upper end, which is fairly complete. Unfortunately, much of the lower part of this row has been destroyed, and apart from a nice pair of stones (which may or may not be the lower end), just a few reasonably sized stones can be seen poking through the grass, the rest either removed to make the walls at Batworthy Corner, or perhaps too small to show above the turf.

The length of the row would be about 180 metres assuming the lower pair of stones was the end. At the top of the row is a very large pair of fallen pillars, 2.2 and 3.6 metres in length, one of which has had Parish markers cut into it. Beyond these large stones is the remains of a cairn and fourfold stone rings within it.

This stone row is recorded as part of the entry for Pastscape Monument No. 443524 (row B) and as MDV6171 (Alignment B on Shovel Down) on the Devon and Dartmoor HER. The row 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).

For more information also visit:
The Stone Rows of Great Britain - see their entry for Shoveldown 2, which includes a description, a plan of the monuments in the Shoveldown area showing their relationships, photographs of the alignment and the individual stones, access information and a list of online resources for more information; and
Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks website - see their entries for the Shoveldown B Stone Row and the Shovel Down Complex.
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Shovel Down row 2 submitted by StoneLee : Great Site. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Shovel Down row 2 submitted by AngieLake : Looking across Row 2 (Worth's A-B), at an angle towards approx NW, as it rises towards the fourfold circle. Cosdon dominates the horizon. (2 comments - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Shovel Down row 2 submitted by cazzyjane : Shovel Down Row 2. March 2012 (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Shovel Down row 2 submitted by davep : Shoveldown B stone row, from the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks website, site 134. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Shovel Down row 2 submitted by Bladup : Shovel Down row 2. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Shovel Down row 2 submitted by cazzyjane : Shovel Down Row 2 on a beautiful March day.

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Shovel Down row 2 submitted by jeffrep : Shovel Down Stone Row 2, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, England.

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Shovel Down row 2 submitted by Bladup : Shovel Down row 2 with the Fourfold Circle

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Shovel Down row 2 submitted by SandyG : A fine example of a double stone row. The stones in the background belong to Row 4. View from north (28th April 2013).

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Shovel Down row 2 submitted by AngieLake : Taken on Spring Equinox (21.3.2012) around noon. As we walked uphill this pointed stone in the avenue caught my eye. Checked the alignment to Kestor Rock from position near its inner face, which I think was approximately 60degs. (Forgot to make a note to self!) (6 comments)

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Shovel Down row 2 submitted by thecaptain : At the top of the row is a very large pair of fallen pillars, 2.2 and 3.6 metres in length, one of which has had Parish markers cut into it. Above these large stones is the remains of a cairn and the fourfold circle stone rings. This is the view looking northeast from the fourfold circle.

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Shovel Down row 2 submitted by Bladup : Shovel Down row 2 Looking North

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Shovel Down row 2 submitted by AngieLake : Spring Equinox in 2012 at Shovel Down's Row 2... a hazy Spring day, with promise of warmer days. (1 comment)

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Shovel Down row 2 submitted by Anne T : The same twelve pairs of stones at the southern end of row 2, looking north. The track to the right hand side of the stones leads back towards the Round Pound car park. Photograph taken 16th May 2019.

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Shovel Down row 2 submitted by Anne T : The twelve pairs of stones in row 2 at its southern end (the two large pillar stones just out of shot at the lower right hand side of the photo). Photograph taken 16th May 2019.

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Shovel Down row 2 submitted by Anne T : The letters 'GP' (Gidleigh Parish) carved on the longer of the two pillar stones, denoting its re-purpose as a boundary marker. Photograph taken 16th May 2019.

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Shovel Down row 2 submitted by Anne T : Behind (just to the north of) the longer standing stone, there is another, smaller but more rectangular stone. These are the two large pillar stones at the end of row 2. Photograph taken 16th May 2019.

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Shovel Down row 2 submitted by Anne T : Row 2, looking north, with the large pillar stones at its southern end. Photograph taken 16th May 2019.

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Shovel Down row 2 submitted by davep : The Shovel Down Four Fold Stone Circle Standing Stone from the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks website (site 23).

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Shovel Down row 2 submitted by Postman : At Shovel Down

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Shovel Down row 2 submitted by Postman : Looking up to the cairn circle

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Shovel Down row 2 submitted by Postman : Looking back to Batworthy corner.

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Shovel Down row 2 submitted by Postman : The two fallen long stones that abutted the cairn circle.

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Shovel Down row 2 submitted by SandyG : View from above and south looking along the row. 5 July 2016.

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Shovel Down row 2 submitted by SandyG : View from above and north along the row. 5 July 2016.

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 50m E 89° Shovel Down row 1* Stone Row / Alignment (SX660862)
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